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Coughlin steps down as Giants coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the New York Giants facing a difficult decision on his coaching future after four straight years out of the playoffs, Tom Coughlin walked away gracefully, doing what was best for him.

The Giants gave him 12 years to run one of the NFL's flagship organizations. He delivered two Super Bowls and restored the franchise to the league's elite for a while.

It was mutually beneficial, and so was the departure Monday when the 69-year-old Coughlin resigned rather than force co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to fire him.

The Giants announced the decision one day after the Giants (6-10) capped their third straight losing season with a 35-30 defeat against Philadelphia, their third in a row and sixth in seven games.

"I met with (owners) 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."

The move may signal the end of a 20-year NFL head coaching career for Coughlin, one of 13 coaches to win multiple Super Bowls. It also may not. Coughlin loves to coach and if the right job popped up, who knows?

"It is difficult to come up with words adequate to describe the appreciation we have for everything Tom Coughlin has done for our franchise," Mara said.

"In addition to delivering two Super Bowl titles, Tom 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."

Coughlin, Tisch, Mara and general manager Jerry Reese plan to hold a news conference Tuesday morning.

The league's oldest active coach and third-longest tenured among the 32 who finished the season, Coughlin came into 2015 knowing he had to get the Giants back to the postseason to keep his job. It didn't happen because the Giants lost six games either in the final 1:14 of regulation or in overtime.

"Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons," he said.

Coughlin posted a 110-93 record in 12 seasons with the Giants, winning three division titles in addition to his two league crowns. He was 72-64 in eight seasons with the then-expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, winning two division titles and taking them to two conference championship games in their first five seasons.

COLTS: Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson will be paired together for four more years in Indianapolis.

Colts owner Jim Irsay announced at a hastily-called, late-night news conference that he had given his coach and general manager contract extensions.

Pagano, the 55-year-old coach, received a four-year deal to replace the expiring contract that prompted speculation he could be ousted Monday.

Grigson got three-years added to the one year he had on the original deal he signed in 2012.

Financial details were not immediately available.

Pagano led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons in charge, advancing one step further each year, losing in the 2014 AFC championship game. But plagued by injuries, including to star quarterback Andrew Luck, Indianapolis went 8-8 this season as Houston won the AFC South, and the decision to keep Pagano will be well-liked in a locker room that was already lobbying to keep Pagano.

CHARGERS: Mike McCoy will return as coach of the Chargers despite a 4-12 record and is "very thankful for the opportunity to be back."

John Spanos, grandson of owner Alex Spanos, said in a statement Monday he has "utmost confidence" in McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco.

McCoy even said he's the right person to lead the Chargers into the Los Angeles area if they're allowed to leave San Diego after 55 seasons.

Team chairman Dean Spanos wants to partner with the rival Oakland Raiders to build a stadium in Carson.

McCoy is 23-27 in three seasons, including a playoff win and loss in his first season, 2013.

San Diego missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

49ERS: San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said Trent Baalke will remain general manager of the team with the knowledge that York isn't satisfied with the recent results.

York spoke publicly to the media for the first time this season Monday, one day after firing first-year coach Jim Tomsula after a 19-16 overtime victory against the St. Louis Rams to finish the season. San Francisco went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season after going 8-8 a year ago in now-Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's final season.

York promoted Tomsula from defensive line coach to replace Harbaugh in a surprising move, choosing the former NFL Europe coach over current Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio — also now with Chicago.

In this Feb. 3, 2008, file photo, New York coach Tom Coughlin is doused by Giants player Madison Hedgecock after they beat New England 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS