There's been much speculation this season about the status of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. If he failed to make the playoffs, would the team fire him? What would be enough to save his job? And if he won it all, would he retire?
All of those questions have now been answered.
Following his seventh playoff road victory, tying legendary coach Tom Landry for the most in NFL history, Coughlin received quite a bit of support from owner John Mara, who laughed at the notion of the coach ever being on the hot seat.
"Tell you what, I've got a stack of letters on my desk (that say) 'Fire Tom Coughlin'. I look forward to responding to them," Mara said. "I held on to them, waiting for the right time to respond. I think this might be the right time."
And retirement? Win or lose, that's not happening either.
"I feel good … I still love what I do," Coughlin said. "Retire to do what?"
Coughlin may be one of the most underrated coaches in the entire league. He's consistently successful and gets the most out of his players. For anyone that's actually watched the Giants this year, it's obvious the team loves playing for him – just watch the postgame celebration after they defeated the New England Patriots in week nine or the embrace with Brandon Jacobs during the Atlanta Falcons wildcard game.
The Giants and their fans should consider themselves lucky to have such a high caliber coach, and would benefit from him sticking around for many years to come.
With a year remaining on his current contract, it's almost a certainty that he gets an extension during the offseason.
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