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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