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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Still Focal Point of Fan Debate on His Future

December 18th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Most fans are likely sick and tired of hearing about Tom Coughlin being on the "hot seat" and if he should deserve to come back as the head coach of the New York Giants in 2014.

You would think after two Super Bowl victories and only two losing seasons in 10 years in New York, it would earn him job security in this town from his employers, the media and the fans. But yet, here we are, after Week 15's ugly 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the questions are being raised all over again just like they were in 2007 and 2011.

"He's too old, the game is passing him by, his players don't respond to his message anymore, it's time for a new voice on the field and in the locker room." You all know the same song and dance. Some think just because Coughlin is 68 years old, that his age is a sign of weakness and with every loss, he's "losing it."

Yet, when those people go to ask him about retirement, the passion that is in his blood gets brought out and all of sudden, he goes from Grandpa Tom to General Coughlin and is ready to go to war against his next opponent, but some have to wonder if the 2013 season has taken its toll on the coach. After all, this has not been an easy season for the two-time winning Super Bowl coach.

Injuries; lots of them, inconsistent play, and not to mention, an 0-6 start that basically put the Giants behind the eight ball to start the season can make any coach want to rip their hair out and just say "the hell with all of it," but Coughlin loves football so much, he's not the typical coach and he loves a challenge, which is exactly why he thrived in 2007 and again in 2011 in responding to the challenge of going from the hot seat to the Super Bowl to save his job and cement his coaching legacy.

And yet, after two lackluster performances that eliminated the Giants from all postseason contention and further into the 2013 NFL oblivion, some have started to wonder if Coughlin is the right guy to be leading the team into the future. Even Giants Hall of Fame linebacker and all-time great Lawrence Taylor felt that a change at head coach was needed.

With one year left on his contract, most felt that John Mara and Steve Tisch will allow Coughlin the choice to return to the team for at least one final go-around, especially if the team is headed for a 6-10 season, so at least with one more go, Coughlin could leave on his own terms instead of being forced out the door.

But what if in the final two games against the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins, the Giants efforts are as lackluster as they were this past Sunday against the Seahawks, which, lets be honest, with the exception of a few players, there really wasn't any, and that does fall on the coach, even if Antrel Rolle says that it falls on the players, but Coughlin would still take the rap since he's known as a coach that tends to get his players motivated to play no matter what the circumstances are.

When the Giants were 4-6 and then at 5-7, it seemed like a slam dunk that Coughlin would be back for the 2014 season, but with the two straight losses in which the Giants offense mustered all of 14 points, and with two more game looming with a team that seems to be pointing fingers at each other rather than continue to work as a team, at worst, Coughlin's future deserves to be mildly debated.

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6 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Still Focal Point of Fan Debate on His Future”

  1.  Ted Kwiecien says:

    TC needs to go not because he can’t coach. It’s about evolving it about staying ahead of the competition. This offensive is still running like its 1988. Classic offense. FB, HB, 2 WR, Omaha, ball snapped at less then 1 second…wash, rinse, repeat. The NFL is always looking for innovative ways to run the O. Look at the wildcat. Took the league by storm, them coaches adapted and it went away. You can argue that even the read option wasn’t as effective after teams had a year to study a way to neutralize it. The giants having been running the same offense for 10 years. I sit in the stand each week and no the plays that are coming, and so do all the people around me. What do you think a professional coach can do against this vanilla O? Here is the true test…how many times have the Giants been in danger of Gilbride getting a head coaching job because he is so damn good??? We all new Spags was gone after he put out D on the map. Our offense is like getting up to change the channel by manually on the TV. Yeah I guess it works, but it’s slow, annoying, and nobody else is doing it that way. MY PREDICTION FOR 2014??? WASH, RINSE, REPEAT!

    •  Krow says:

      Yep, I agree with much of this. We’re outdated. But like I posted below we also aren’t exactly brimming with talent either.

      •  Krow says:

        Since I’m on a roll … we can kick the coaches and the schemes all we like … and I am no fan of either KG or PF … but no scheme works if your players don’t have the ability to execute it. The Tampa 2 … well I hate it … but it can work. Our guys don’t execute it. They blow coverages. Get beat on 50-50 balls. Drop INTs. That’s not on the scheme. WRs running the wrong way isn’t either. I’d rather we played a different brand of football … both sides of the ball … but that can’t make poor players into Pro Bowlers. We lack talent. That’s the main issue.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      So 2 years ago Coughlin still was up with the game but in the last
      2 years the game has passed him by? As far as the offense, it is built on an offensive line performing Really well. They didn’t. They couldn’t open a hole for a mouse to go through and pass protection was a joke. The one place this offense has always struggled is the red zone mainly because this Is a throw the ball down field offense.

  2.  Krow says:

    We had a hell of a run. Every franchise in the NFL would trade their next 7 years for our past 7. Two Superbowls. That’s amazing. What an era. But like all good things it’s come to an end. Now we have to move forward and build towards another one.

    We are woefully short on talent. There’s no magic answer except to go out and get more of it. Until we do we’re not going to be seriously in the playoff picture. It won’t matter who coaches … or what schemes we run. We need an infusion of talent. A big one. It’s not one or two guys. It’s a dozen. And it’s going to take time.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    Ive been trying to keep pace amid my goings on and must say that Ive been impressed with the differing opinions that normally would incur a plethora of reactions and a lot of personal rancor . Im glad that that hasnt happened .
    Ive been as big an optimist on here as there is through an 0-6 start then some hope with wins and now to this level .
    First , I still want the Giants to try and win and show passion . I go a long way back and I would rather see a team with less talent put up a good fight than players going through the motions and collect their paycheck .
    As far as the NFL goes , i think we have to be cognizant of the fact that the system works to produce equality within 32 teams with the draft and difficulty of scheduling etc . So , the only factors that stand out as difference makers are coaching and LUCK . Any team can pay any coach whatever they want . So over time this is the difference maker in a team . So the Giants have had TC as coach and he has been the difference maker over the last few years . The system he has used has produced the top result more than others over the past 7 years . As far as NEXT year goes , this team is going to be better off with TC as coach and a familiar system in place . What happens after that I dont know . Next year , two factors will help the Giants – strength of competition ( As an example , think of KC last year and now this year , people may say its the addition of Andy Reid and this may certainly be partly true , but a couple of years of high draft picks and weak schedule certainly played a part , and I am going with this will help the Giants next year also .)
    Last year , everyone said the Dline needed a major overhaul , and what happened there ? Reese changed that in a hurry . I can see a major overhaul of the Oline next year of course . I guess there will be one major free agent and a couple of vet minimum
    players as stopgaps while the draft will bring in a couple to learn
    in a year or so .
    Eli will redo his contract and give the Giants some money
    PLEASE sign Beason for as long as possible . Bring back Rolle
    As far as Nicks goes , Im thinking that a lot of teams will be less than impressed with his performance and attitude so the free agent deals may not be as overwhelming as he thought . I would also bring to his attention the less than spectacular results of WRs who have left the Giants .I just hope that Randle and Jernigan improve and make up for Nicks leaving . The Giants didnt pay Manningham , they wont pay Nicks .
    Oline ? I dont know where to start , I dont know whether its injury old age or inexperience or all combined thats caused the problems – Of course , all three – so next year lets hope there will be more experience from the young guys , The injuries will be healed and the too old will be retired . Weve seen it before
    and with the Giants better draft position and weaker schedule , I think they will do a lot better .

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