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Coughlin resigns after 12 seasons with Giants

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The Tom Coughlin Era is over.

The 69-year-old two-time Super Bowl winner, who at 12 seasons was Giants coach longer than anyone but Hall of Famer Steve Owen (23), resigned Monday.

"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," Coughlin said in a statement. "I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and … the Giants organization."

Coughlin said "this is not a sad occasion for me," though the three straight losing seasons did seem to take a toll.

"He definitely has not failed these players," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "We failed him."

In 20 NFL seasons, including eight with the Jaguars, Coughlin was 182-156 (regular and postseason). He was 102-90 in New York with two NFC East titles and the two Super Bowls.

Dolphins name GM

MIAMI — Chris Grier was named Dolphins general manager, earning a promotion from his post as director of college scouting. He will oversee the draft and personnel departments and report to Mike Tannenbaum, the executive vice president/football operations. Grier replaces Dennis Hickey, a former longtime member of the Bucs front office who was fired last week.

Former Raiders, Broncos and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan will interview today for Miami's coaching vacancy, the Miami Herald reported. Former Falcons coach Mike Smith interviewed Monday and the team is also expected to meet with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Dan Campbell, who was the Dolphins' interim coach for the final 12 games this season.

In other moves (or non-moves):

• The Colts gave coach Chuck Pagano a contract extension just days after reports emerged that he would not be retained. He and team owner Jim Irsay met for most of Monday, and the deal was reached in the evening.

• The Chargers told Mike McCoy he'll stay as coach but fired six assistants including offensive coordinator Frank Reich. As expected, the franchise also filed for relocation to the Los Angeles suburb of Carson.

• The Raiders also filed to relocate from Oakland to Carson; they want to share a new stadium with the Chargers.

• The Titans fired GM Ruston Webster, a former member of Tampa Bay's front office. Interim coach Mike Mularkey, who replaced Ken Whisenhunt on Nov. 3, will be a candidate for that job.

• 49ers CEO Jed York kept Trent Baalke as general manager. York fired coach Jim Tomsula on Sunday after one season.

• The Eagles interviewed offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who was interim coach in Sunday's win over the Giants, for the coaching post vacated when Chip Kelly was fired last week. Running backs coach Duce Staley interviewed Friday.

Around the league

Bills: Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus finished Sunday's win over the Jets with a broken left foot; he said he was hurt in the fourth quarter.

Broncos: Coach Gary Kubiak isn't ready to say if Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback in the playoffs after Denver's bye week. Manning — an 18-year veteran coming off the bench for the first time since he was a freshman at Tennessee — rallied the Broncos to a 27-20 win over San Diego on Sunday to clinch the AFC's top seed.

Browns: Quarterback Johnny Manziel was at the team's facility a day after USA Today reported that he was in Las Vegas over the weekend. Manziel was excused from the home finale against Pittsburgh because he had a concussion, but owner Jimmy Haslam said the quarterback skipped medical treatment required by the NFL's concussion protocol. Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas said: "If that's a true report that's obvious (that) for him some things are more important than football and being a starting quarterback and that's something that probably needs to be addressed in the offseason.''

49ers: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a torn ligament in the thumb on his throwing (right) hand and surgery has been recommended. That could happen this week once he gets a second opinion.

Panthers: Cornerback Charles Tillman tore his right ACL Sunday against the Bucs, ending his season and perhaps the 34-year-old's 13-year NFL career.

Seahawks: Coach Pete Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch, who missed seven games after having abdominal surgery, rejoined the team and could play in Sunday's playoff game at Minnesota.

Steelers: Running back DeAngelo Williams was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle and is day to day.

Vikings: Tight end Rhett Ellison has a torn right patellar tendon and is out for the season. League rushing champion Adrian Peterson missed part of Sunday night's victory at Green Bay with lower-back spasms, but returned and said he'd play in Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks. "It's a little tight, but I'll be okay," he said after Minnesota's 20-13 win clinched the NFC North division.

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