There’s no motivator like belief in what you’re doing. I feel that a group has to be molded, and by today’s standards, it’s almost out of character. I believe nothing good is ever accomplished without a struggle.”
Interestingly though, it doesn’t seem as though Coughlin is molding the players by making them bend to his will. For example he talks about winning Strahan over when some Giants fans (me included) expected him to lay down the law. Dr. Z doesn’t sound all that positive that Tom Coughlin’s philosophy will work for the New York Giants. However he concludes on a somewhat positive note:
If Coughlin can somehow inject the spirit of passion into a veteran team such as the Giants that he did into his young ’96 Jags, then it will be one of the great success stories of the season…. It’s a tough arena for Coughlin and his belief system, but somehow you get the feeling that he’s going to make it work.
Neil Best writes about forging a team and it seems that the players feel that the 20 new veterans (not to mention rookies) and the Giants who have been around are bonding more easily because they are all learning Coughlin’s system together. Of course making all these strangers a team is a big challenge for Coughlin.