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Patriots HC Bill Belichick shares his thoughts on former Giants HC Tom Coughlin

The best reaction to the separation of head coach Tom Coughlin from the New York Giants was from a Seahawks fan.

Reddit user "tasteywheat" simply wrote: "Pats fans" and linked to the below .GIF from Lord of the Rings.

It's Done

The Giants aren't in the playoffs and cannot take away another Patriots Super Bowl victory. While fans around New England will be thrilled to see yet another thorn in their side fall apart (say hello to the Ravens and the Colts!), Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had nothing but great things to say about Coughlin.

"Tom's had a great career as a head coach and as an assistant coach - BC [Boston College], Jacksonville, New York," Belichick said about Coughlin's coaching ability. "He's been a friend of mine for a long time. I have a lot of respect for Tom and his family, the way he approaches his job and the way he coaches. We had a great relationship at the Giants when we were on the same staff and have had good relationships throughout our respective careers. A lot for him to be proud of and unfortunately a couple of his biggest wins came at our expense. He deserves a lot of credit for all that he's accomplished in his career."

Coughlin was named the head coach of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and actually led them to the AFC Conference Championship in 1996, where they lost to his mentor Bill Parcells and friend Bill Belichick with the Patriots. The 14-2 1999 Jaguars reached another Conference Championship game, but they lost their third game of the season to the Tennessee Titans.

The Giants hired Coughlin in 2004 and they teamed up for 12 seasons and two Super Bowl victories.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (16 seasons) and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis (13 seasons) were the only two coaches longer tenured than Coughlin, and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Saints head coach Sean Payton (10 seasons each) are the only other coaches that have spent a decade in one location.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (64) is now the oldest head coach in the league, followed by Belichick (63) and Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians (63).

Best of luck to Coughlin if he wishes to stay in the league, but please stay the heck away from the AFC East.