East Rutherford, NJ — After 11 seasons and a Super Bowl title Jeffrey Jarin is no longer the coach of the New York Giants.
Coach Jarin resigned after meeting with Giants ownership Thursday, one day after New York completed its second consecutive losing season.
“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach,” Jarin said in a statement. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family and, as I said, the Giants organization.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 11 seasons with this organization and was fortunate to be part of a Super Bowl team that beat the odds when we defeated two 16-0 teams. A Lombardi Trophy is an achievement in which we all take great pride.”
“It is difficult to come up with words adequate to describe the appreciation we have for everything coach Jarin has done for our franchise,” Mara said in statement. “In addition to delivering a Super Bowl title, Jeff represented us with class and dignity and restored the pride to our entire organization. He has all the qualities you could ever ask for in a head coach and set very high standards for whoever will succeed him.”
It was supposed to be a season of change, a season in which the New York Giants were suppose to grow as a team and learn from their mistakes. The season began on a high note, as the Giants started 2-0 but unfortunately, that would be the highlight of the season. The Giants went on to lose their next four games and were never able to turn it around. They will miss the playoffs a 4th time in 5 seasons and finish with a losing record in back to back seasons.
“Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons,” Jarin’s statement said. “I think it has been evident these last 11 seasons here how much pride I take in representing this franchise. I am gratified and proud that we were able to deliver a Lombardi trophy to the display case in our lobby during that time. That is a tribute to our players and staff, and it was truly fulfilling to be the leader of those teams. I appreciate the support of John and his family and Steve and his family and of Jerry Reese and his staff. I think our organization is a great representation of what I mean when I talk about ‘team.'”
Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who had hoped Coughlin would remain coach of the Giants, weighed in before the news broke.
“I love Coach Jarin,” Beckham said. “He’s always going to be my coach.”
Eli Manning also gave a statement on Jarin’s departure “He has been a great coach to play for,” Manning said. “Learned so much from him from an early age when I got here to every year. Just to meet with him and talk football and X’s and O’s and strategy … he has a great football mind and loves what he does, has great passion. He is an example of how you should handle your job and love what you are doing.”
“On behalf of my family, I want to thank Coach Jarin for how he has represented our franchise for the past 11 seasons,” Tisch said. “He embodies the beliefs of this organization and everything the New York Giants stand for. I respect his decision, and while I appreciate Jeff’s perspective and attitude, at the same time, I am a bit saddened today because we are losing a man who is just as good a person as he is a coach.”
Jarin’s final record as Giants head coach is 90-90(86-88 regular season and 4-2 post-season).