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For New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin, the Hot Seat is Now Forever Cooled

March 24th, 2012 at 7:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

The crickets are getting a bit of the spotlight now as the “Fire Tom Coughlin” chants have subsided and the hot seat talk is a distant memory. It’s quiet on the New York Giants coaching front lately.

To many, it didn’t make sense—the “clean house” banter. The team wasn’t giving up on their coach and they surely weren’t speaking ill of him to the media during the regular season weeks. The Giants don’t get rid of a head coach after a few proverbial bumps in the road; the organization is more loyal than most and believe in continuity. It was the supposed experts that initiated the weekly topic; some fans just followed suit. It was said not long after super Bowl XLVI that the Head Coach’s “hot seat” was retired. Tom Coughlin may have had quite a bit of attention on him (umm, NYC market), but the continued pressure came more from within the 65-year old coach. He looked in the mirror before he looked elsewhere for possible reasons for any faltering. He was not bigger than his team. 

Coughlin pays attention to detail and is disciplined in his coaching manner. Why not better the team by changing the approach to his older coaching style? The Giants are still a young team with many new players, meaning different type of receptiveness from that of his 2007 audience. He used his assistant coaches as the branches of communication that they are. Personal bonds were built and clarity of a common goal was achieved. All In. The tradition that is New York Giants football remains with Coughlin and trickles down through every coach, assistant coach and trainer, eventually reaching every player. It was just a matter of how to convey the knowledge and the message of Giants Pride. 

Tom Coughlin has Big Blue at a 74-54 regular season Win-Loss record since 2004 (almost a 58% win percentage) when he was announced head coach after sitting out of football in 2003. His post-season record is 8-3, an astounding 73% win percentage. Oh, then there’s those two Lombardi trophies. The man holds better post-season stats (in a shorter amount of time) with the Giants than his supposed/projected replacements: Bill Cowher, Steve Mariucci and Jon Gruden. The clamor should stop at some point after the proof, no? Eh, ask Eli Manning how that goes.

One last (surprising) non-topic as of late is the contract situation of the two-time Super Bowl-winning Head Coach. Coughlin is still only under contract through 2012. There’s absolutely no doubt that TC will be an important returning part of the Big Blue machine. There’s absolutely no doubt that John Mara and Steve Tisch fully support their coach. There’s also absolutely no doubt that Tom’s focus is on the New York Football Giants, not himself.


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

11 Responses to “For New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin, the Hot Seat is Now Forever Cooled”

  1. Tony MaceroliBlueSince60 says:

    No seat is ever truly cooled. Football is a what have you done for me lately business, so you’re never more than a losing season away from oblivion.

  2. Tony MaceroliBlueSince60 says:

    See “Torre, Joe”

  3.  kujo says:

    I know that Demo and I fought back against those that wanted Coughlin and Fewell swept out of town during the season. Good to see we were right :)

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    While I always insisted that TC was one of the best coaches in the NFL, I was ready for a change over the past two years. Shame on me.

    There will come a time when Tom should depart, but he’ll tell us when.

  5. Robert Hodgesrlhjr says:

    The whole thing was disfunctional to me. Fewell who I thought so much of was starting to look “Sheridan-ish”. For me Coughlin’s low point was the Dodge punt in the Philly game. Still think Reese is attending “Cub Scout” meetings to scout linebackers. LMAO………

    •  kujo says:

      Coughlin’s lowpoint was NOT sending the onside kick-recovery team out on the drive before that. Dodge’s punt was just the last in a long line of clusterf*cks in that game.

  6. Terence CAVILLGIANTT says:

    I dont know if any of you have found this article on the draft – it is very interesting .According to its theories , the worst position to draft in is the Number 1 because of the heightened expectations/cost versus the athletes skill level . The cost level drops much more as you go through the draft than the skill level does so according to it , a team can get almost the same level of skill as in the top half of the round but at terrific cost savings . So , the Giants are poised in a very good position .

    The original paper is 50 plus pages long , so I like this brief article and synopsis

    •  fanfor55years says:

      This study may be out of date now that the new rookie pay structure is in place. And even if it’s still valid, one could argue it still is better to get higher draft picks who eat up more of your cap and adjust by being quicker to dump a player who has declined just a little as a veteran but consumes too much pay. I would not do it that way, but an argument can be made for it.

  7.  BigBlueGiant says:


    One problem the Giants will have in drafting a DE is when other teams see the Giants sniffing around a pro day, they will take note, and if they happen to need a DE, you can bet they will snatch the guy they feel the Giants are following.

    That said, the kid Chandler Jones from Syracuse is one to watch.
    Still, it’s the Giants way to wait and see what collects at the bottom of the day one draft “well” before making any moves.

    Their real work is done rounds 2-5 where doing you homework will yield the best bang for the buck AKA value. My question, if the BPA at 32 is a RB or LB would Reese take him, or trade back? Things that make you go Hmmmm.

    Still, after getting Bennett, the priorities look like linebacker, running back and offensive line. Everything else is gravy.

    Love Chandler Jones. He’s a sleeper. He’s got extremely LONG arms and gets off the line quick. He needs to work on his strength just a little.

    I can see him being a LB in a 3-4, heard B-more likes him.

    His brother Jon Jones is a certified bad*ss fighter. UFC light heavyweight champion of the world.

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