The New York Giants have participated in five Super Bowls, winning four and there have been many players and coaches in sphere over the years that have been involved in countless others.
Touchdown Wire has compiled a list of the best coaches that have never won the Super Bowl and several of those names have Giant connections.
From our friend Doug Farrar:
Does a head coach need a Super Bowl win to be considered great? There are 20 head coaches in NFL history with at least 50 wins over the .500 mark in the regular season and the postseason. Only three — George Halas, Curly Lambeau, and Steve Owen — did not play their trade in the Super Bowl era (Okay, Halas retired as a head coach after the 1967 season, but we’ll give him a pass here).
Of the 17 remaining coaches on that list, five — Paul Brown, Andy Reid, Marty Schottenheimer, George Allen, and Bud Grant — never won a Super Bowl. Brown and Grant are in the Hall of Fame. Marv Levy, who finished his career 31 games over .500 and lost four Super Bowls as Grant did, is also in Canton.
A quick side note on Owen, who coached the Giants in the pre-merger, pre-Super Bowl days from 1931-53, the longest tenure of any New York Giants head coach (268 games). He has the most victories (151 – Tom Coughlin is second with 102) and won the NFL Championship in 1934 an 1938.
The only other coach mentioned above to never win the Super Bowl that actually coached the Giants was Reeves. He took the helm in 1993 and coached 64 games between then and 1996. He won the AP NFL Coach of the Year in ’93 with an 11-5 record, but the Giants got bounced out of the playoffs by the score of 44-3 by the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round that year.
That game was both Phil Simms’ and Lawrence Taylor’s last in the NFL and the last Giants’ playoff game for the next four years. Reeves went 9-7, 5-11 and 6-10 after that and was canned in favor of Jim Fassel in 1997.
Reeves was also on the other end of the Giants’ first Super Bowl victory as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. Levy was their victim in Super Bowl XXV as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
Other coaches with Giants’ connections: The Giants beat both Andy Reid and Dennis Green in 2000 on their way to Super Bowl XXV. John Fox was the Giants’ defensive coordinator under Jim Fassel and Marty Schottenheimer was a Giants’ defensive assistant in the mid-1970s.