Tuesday’s roundup: Coughlin bids adieu as Giants coach

Associated Press

East Rutherford, N.J. — Tom Coughlin didn’t fade away in his goodbye to the Giants.

In an emotional and poignant farewell Tuesday, Coughlin talked about things that mattered to him: values, relationships, character, loyalty, team, family and love.

“I can tell you right now it has become the source of drive for me, is that when our players, whether they’re in their career, after their career, when they come back to me and they say: ‘Coach, I love you,’ ” Coughlin said. “They follow that up by saying they’ve become better men, better husbands, better fathers, better friends because of their experience having been a New York Giant.”

Speaking a day after stepping down as coach after four straight seasons out of the playoffs, Coughlin called the Giants’ job a dream come true for a youngster from a small town in upstate New York.

He nearly broke into tears thanking his wife, Judy, for being his quarterback through the ride.

Coughlin surprised no one in saying his coaching career might not be over. He still has that competitive fire.

“We don’t say goodbye, we just say, next time,” he said.

It showed in his goodbye, which began with a litany of people he had to thank.

Coughlin sounded as if he were addressing a congregation during his 18 minutes on stage, stressing the values of winning the right way, building character and preparing players for life after football.

“I don’t know if I’m any different,” Coughlin said. “I’ve changed and I’ve grown and I’ve developed and I’ve learned. You better do that or you’re dead. So I’ve done that. I’m better for it. I’m better for the experiences that I’ve had. I’m better for the people that I’ve had a chance to coach and be with. I’m better for that.”

Winning two Super Bowls was his legacy with one of the NFL’s founding franchises, but he said what he will remember most will be relationships developed over the past 12 years.

Giants co-owner John Mara lauded Coughlin as everything the organization could have wanted from the man who replaced Jim Fassel in 2004. He added that Coughlin was offered a job within the organization

“He’s a Hall of Fame coach, a Hall of Fame person. He leaves big shoes to fill,” Mara said.

While there is no timetable to find a new coach, Mara wants to find the right man sooner than later with five other teams (Browns, 49ers, Dolphins, Eagles and Titans) looking for new men to lead their teams.

Relocation papers filed

The Chargers, Raiders and Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation’s second-largest market after a 21-year absence.

The Chargers want to partner with the AFC West rival Raiders on a stadium in Carson.

The NFL confirmed it received the applications to move for the 2016 season. They will be reviewed by league staff and three committees of owners that will meet in New York today and Thursday. All owners will meet in Houston next week and are expected to vote on whether to allow any of the teams to move. A team wanting to move needs 24 of 32 votes.

Front office moves

The Browns brought in Paul DePodesta, a baseball executive and analytics expert with 20 years of major league experience, to be the NFL team’s new chief strategy officer.

DePodesta had been the Mets’ vice president of player development and amateur scouting.

DePodesta also worked in Oakland alongside general manager Billy Beane. A character based on DePodesta was potrayed by actor Jonah Hill in the film “Moneyball.”

... Chuck Pagano agreed to a new four-year deal to coach the Colts and general manager Ryan Grigson accepted a three-year extension. That means they will be working together through the 2019 season.

... The Jaguars fired defensive coordinator Bob Babich.

... The Dolphins interviewed Mike Shanahan for their head coaching vacancy and expressed interest in Saints coach Sean Payton, according to multiple reports.

Payton has two years left on his contract and reportedly would require a second-round pick as compensation.

Personnel dept.

Andy Dalton has the cast off his passing hand, and coach Marvin Lewis says it’s possible he could be AJMcCarron’s backup when the Bengals host the Steelers in the playoffs on Saturday night.

Dalton broke his right thumb while making a tackle in a 33-20 loss to the Steelers on Dec. 13. The fracture has healed enough to have the cast removed. Dalton said on Tuesday that he can move the thumb well, but he hasn’t tried to throw.

... The Steelers aren’t ready to rule out running back DeAngelo Williams for Saturday.

Coach Mike Tomlin said if Williams (right leg) can’t go, former Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint will start.

... Cary Williams’ agent says the cornerback has agreed to sign with Washington. Williams was released by the Seahawks last month.

... Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has a broken thumb on his non-throwing hand, an injury that won’t affect his offseason. Bortles broke his left thumb Sunday at Houston.

Wild card

Saturday’s games

■Kansas City (11-5) at Houston (9-7), 4:35 p.m. ABC

■Pittsburgh (10-6) at Cincinnati (12-4), 8:15 p.m. CBS

Sunday’s games

■Seattle (10-6) at Minnesota (11-6), 1 p.m. NBC

■Green Bay (10-6) at Washington (9-7), 4:30 p.m. Fox