NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Tom Coughlin was introduced Wednesday as the new coach of the New York Giants.
Coughlin, who succeeds the fired Jim Fassel, is a former Giants' assistant. He led the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC title game twice, but was canned after the 2002 season.
"I look forward to accepting the challenge that lies ahead," Coughlin said at a news conference. "I had a wonderful experience here, as you well know, back in the late '80s and 1990 when we won the Super Bowl. (Now) we must begin to focus immediately on the basic axioms which determine winning in the National Football League."
The Giants ended the regular season with eight straight losses to finish 4-12 after reaching the Super Bowl three years ago.
Coughlin posted a 68-60 record in eight years with the Jaguars, leading the club to the AFC championship game twice. He got a four-year deal from the Giants. General Manager Ernie Accorsi said Couglin was the man the Giants wanted 11 years ago.