Following a 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday night, head coach Tom Coughlin had rallied his team to a 7-3 finish on the season. Unfortunately, the team also started 0-6 and again missed the playoffs, leading some to question whether or not he deserves to return in 2014 and whether or not he even wants to return in 2014. But when questioned about it during his postgame press conference, Coughlin didn't seem too interested in discussing it.
"Don’t ask me that. I’m not answering that type of question right now. There will be an evaluation of everything, I’m sure, and we’ll go from there," Coughlin snapped.
But while Coughlin wasn't interested in talking about his future, his players didn't hesitate to address it. And perhaps not so surprisingly, every single one of them emphatically came to his defense, including captain and defensive lineman Justin Tuck, who dared anyone to name someone who does their job better than Coach Coughlin.
“I’d be very surprised [if Coughlin wasn't back in 2014]. Shocked," Tuck said. "You tell me somebody that does it better than he does. As far as being a player in that locker room for nine years, I haven’t seen him change not one bit as far as how he has his team prepared, how he prepares."
“I pride myself on getting here pretty early on Wednesday through Friday. I never beat him here. I don’t think anybody beat him here. This guy prepares his butt off, and I think the fire’s still there. I think he’s still feels like he has a lot to prove in this league. I think he’s going into his off-season just like all of us, figuring out ways to have a better season next year.”
Some players even took it a step further, saying they don't want to play for anyone else. One such player was veteran safety Antrel Rolle.
“I want him back,” Rolle said. “I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else.”
Quarterback Eli Manning, who left the game in the second quarter with a high ankle sprain, also offered his support for Coughlin, saying "I definitely hope that he's the coach of the Giants next year."
As of now, it appears uncertain what fate awaits Coughlin and his other coaches, but with Monday morning press conferences scheduled, we'll all have a better idea of where this ship is headed once they conclude. But odds are that Coughlin will remain with Big Blue … and rightfully so.
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