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Could Major Shakeup Be What’s Needed for New York Giants’ Future?

October 7th, 2013 at 6:45 AM
By Doug Rush

In Week 3, it was bad. Then in Week 4, it got worse, but after Week 5, things for the New York Giants have gotten down right ugly. Ugly enough to where change might be in order for the entire foundation of the organization.

It was ugly for the players, the coaches, front office and most of all; the fans, especially the 75,000-plus who sat in MetLife Stadium and watched their football team fall to 0-5 for the first time since 1987. With the 0-5 record, the Giants have the unfortunate honor of sole possession of last place in the NFC East, although ironically, are somehow only two games out of first place in the NFC East, but that's beside the point.

The fact of the matter is right now in the land of the Giants, it's not a fun place to be in or a part of You could tell it was really bad when Giants co-owner John Mara refused to speak to the media and had the "extremely angry" look as some of the Giants beat writers called it and he is certainly fed up with what he has witnessed through the first five weeks of the season, and fortunately for the team, they simply can't sit and mope around on this loss because in four days time, they have a quick turnaround into Week 6 as they will have to get on a plane and head to Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football; a game many do not expect the Giants to win and eventually, fall to 0-6 on the season.

After the Week 6 game, the Giants are going to be returning to a lot of questions, even more scrutiny from the media and fans, and with an extremely angry and maybe even impatient owner who has to be fed up with the losing with the team, and not likely going to just allow the losing atmosphere to continue. So the question is, what happens?

Whether people want to admit it or not, the cold hard fact is that a major shakeup is likely in order for this Giants team, and for a lot of people involved with the Giants, nobody is exempt from it.

Starting with the people who actually took the field, the players were all put on notice by general manager Jerry Reese in the summer, as he wanted to see them improve from the 9-7 mark from last year; but unless some miracle touches down on the Giants, that miracle isn't making them a 10-6 team and the Giants will likely see another playoff-less season. Some of the veterans may not be back come 2014 and that list could include: Chris Snee, David Baas, Kevin Boothe, Antrel Rolle, Corey Webster, David Diehl, Keith Rivers, Aaron Ross and Justin Tuck, as either these players are free agents with expiring contracts, or players who could be candidates to be released due to salary and/or poor play. Hakeem Nicks is also a free agent too, but because he is the team's best receiver, the team may try to find a way to lock him up long-term and after his play on Sunday, definitely showed why he is their number one receiver.

For those looking for Eli Manning on that list, franchise quarterbacks don't exactly grow on trees in the league. They don't have Andrew Luck sitting in their back pocket, waiting to take the reigns, so this is still Manning's team and Manning's town. All quarterbacks are bound to have bad stretches and even losing seasons and fortunately for Manning, he hasn't had to encounter this kind of losing up until now, but it was bound to happen. But for anyone to suggest Manning be cut and sent out of town is simply crazy because there will be a dozen teams with open arms waiting to try and sign him once he hits the open market. 

Moving along in the blame game; is to the actual architect of the current team in Reese, whose player signings, talent evaluations and lack of recent championship and playoff success has been brought into question, especially from some of you the readers on the site. It's very rare to see a general manager get shown the door after two Super Bowl victories, but it's hard to defend some of the draft pick failures and free agent flops that have come through the doors of MetLife Stadium, which falls on Reese, so if he got fired, it would be shocking, but at the same time, one of those ground-shattering moves to alter the franchise that shows the organization that a new direction is in order.

And last, but definitely not least, the coaching staff. This is where it gets difficult to figure out, because for the last five weeks, everyone has been screaming for the heads of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, but they are also two of Tom Coughlin's long-time assistants and friends, and coaches that he will likely not fire when it comes right down to it. But everyone is sick to death of them and their inept efforts on the field in leading their respective units, so how would they be able to be relieved of their coaching duties?

That would turn it over to the main man himself in Coughlin, who has been here since 2004, has only had one losing season in New York, won three NFC East division titles, two NFC Championships and two Super Bowls in his tenure with the team and likely, headed to the Hall of Fame whenever he's done in the league, which may be coming soon for him. Coughlin had a terrible coaching day out on the field and was out-coached by Chip Kelly on the field, leading to people discussing if the 67-year-old has lost that zip on his fastball and really has the pulse of the team? The players think he does, but the media and fans are thinking otherwise now. Coughlin has one year left on his current contract and the team does not believe in the "lame duck" coaching philosophy, which brings the coach and organization at a crossroads if they really feel that Coughlin is not fit to lead in the future.

Would they actually fire a man who has brought two championships to New Jersey? It's extremely unlikely, but you could see Mara discussing more of an "encouraged retirement" of sorts, but either way, the Coughlin voice and overall guidance and direction hasn't been getting through and considering the Giants have missed the postseason three out of the last four years and after this season, four out of the last five, maybe it's time for Coughlin to ride off into the sunset. Maybe Mara doesn't fire him, but gives him a team consultant job of sorts as a peaceful way for Coughlin to still be a part of the organization, yet still spend more time at home with his family.

Coughlin leaving as coach, whether it be by choice or by force, and which if ever did actually happened, wouldn't come until the end of the season, would really be the ultimate shake-up in New York and one that would likely send the biggest message to the team and to the fans that losing will not be tolerated, nor will it be accepted going forward.

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Tags: Eli Manning, Football, Jerry Reese, John Mara, Kevin Gilbride, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Tom Coughlin

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29 Responses to “Could Major Shakeup Be What’s Needed for New York Giants’ Future?”

  1. Dan BentonDan Benton says:

    I love how the mentality around here has become “These people are so stupid, I am gonna stop posting.”

    That’ll show ‘em! Let’s raise the IQ by letting bottom feeders take over, while also sticking it to Dan who has gone out of his way for 10+ years for all of us.

    Nothing like a sinking ship to show who the real supporters are.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Those among us who might ever leave wouldn’t do it now for two reasons:

      1) It would allow the idiots to win; and

      2) Unlike some of the players, you only think about quitting when times are GOOD, not in times like now.

      But it might help if instead of being afraid to say anything negative about any poster YOU would also offer up some rationality since you’re now just a poster like the rest of us.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        That’s easier said than done. Wrangling these fans is a near impossibility.

        But the rational thought is this: The team has been competitive and fun for a decade. You can’t expect to avoid losing forever. And while 0-5 is really a huge leap from success to failure, it was bound to happen at some point again.

        My real issue, and why it’s hard to be rational, is because the team doesn’t seem to care. They just truly don’t seem to care.

        •  Dirt says:

          Right? How frustrating is it to hear a bunch of Sallys say after the game “well, we just have to get back to work and try to get better”

          If Tiki or Strahan were here, we’d hear some provocative comments to a) take the heat on themselves and b) get people fired up

    •  Colser says:

      Dan, I am one of those who stopped posting, more so because it was the same every week. Fire Coughlin, fire Gilbride, fire everyone. In Reese we trust, or we do when it suits.
      I made a mistake several years ago, banging on about getting rid of Coughlin, and barracking the lead writer on this site, and having to eat humble pie.

      This team has no leaders, no one going to do a Strahan in the locker room, or a Pierce on the field.

      There needs to be a spark, and the co-ordinators are not providing it. there is no togetherness, the moto ‘all-in’ is well and truly gone.

      I think one going, one co-ordinator, this might provide the spark. the debate now is who? As we have so much talent on offense, i’d say there, but Gilbride has been there with Coughlin since day one, so it would be very difficult for Coughlin to drop this on his head.

      Big Blue through and through, no matter how hard it is to watch.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        “This team has no leaders.”

        It’s painful to admit it, but that’s exactly the problem. And the former leaders are no longer listened to.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Bottom feeders? SO because I am a new poster, I am a bottom feeder? You sir are a jerk.

  2.  Krow says:

    They’re just pouting. I think a fair amount of beer was involved too.

  3.  Krow says:

    My take on Coughlin has nothing to do with his ability as a coach. I’m sure he could shake up the coaching staff … and would have as good a chance at straightening this mess out as any new guy we could bring in. I’m just not so sure he’s going to want to face a couple down years as the roster is rebuilt. Here’s a guy who’s done it all. Risen to the top. But now it’s like taking over an expansion team. Tough, sad decisions at every turn. Does he want to do that? Especially since you know he’s got a front office job waiting.

  4.  tgowen says:

    The biggest change that needs to take place starts with our coaching mentality. I like TC and all that he has done, but the game has changed and this team simply has not adjusted. We rely too heavily on the long ball, still predictably run the shotgun draw, and our defense has very little imagination to it. I firmly believe we have the playmakers on offense to get this done. My questions are mainly the O-line and defense. The concern is what the cost will be of trying to fix some of those issues.

    •  Krow says:

      That’s true, but Head Coach’s can delegate a lot of that responsibility and still be extremely successful … IF they have the staff. This is one of the factors that makes it hard for him to stay … he’s going to have to get rid of long time associates and players who were integral to his career. Guys he’s known for years. And not just one or two. He’s looking at a housecleaning … of his friends. That has to suck.

  5.  Dirt says:

    What’s not stupid is blaming the majority of this mess on the coaching staff.

    Everyone around here says we’re just a few pieces away. Teams that are just a few pieces away have coaching staffs that maximize the good pieces and play .500 ball. The really good coaches make runs with limited talent. This coaching staff has lit a dumpster fire and is winless.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    There is a core of very good players here. Just because dopes like some of our posters don’t acknowledge it don’t make that untrue. You can build around them so taking the reins of this team is an attractive job. But somehow the powers-that-be (and don’t forget, John Mara is one of the guys running the team and therefore responsible for the mess too) forgot that t you MUST keep the “core” (offensive line, defensive line, and quarterback) in good shape. That’s where they have to start.

    They have a terrific QB for another 6-7 years. Stu’s and Jim’s and other’s really ridiculous arguments otherwise are the arguments of fools. It’s the trenches that must be addressed, fast, with priority given on the offensive side because offense wins in today’s NFL. One step at a time and this team can be competitive before very long at all.

  7.  Dirt says:

    This summer, I mentioned how Parcells never talked about winning championships during the summer or season, but rather only focused on whatever task was currently at hand, be it lifting weights, hitting tackling dummies or executing plays. He believed that if you focused as hard as you could on the task at hand, success would come your way.

    I then said how putting up a Super Bowl countdown flew in the face of this mentality. Verily, the burden of winning it all on their own turf has weighed them down mightily. Hence the 80 yard bombs to try to get back in games quickly. The sticking with proven (to be over the hill) veterans.

    What a terrible mistake, one I hoped wouldn’t be the case but feared it would.

  8.  Dirt says:

    This one is for Krow – told you so, bro:

    Dirt says:
    October 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM
    I think the Giants get demolished tomorrow, and heads start to roll pretty soon.

    •  Krow says:

      I was worried that this would be our low point … right from the start the Eagles game had me concerned. Now we have to listen to that fat windbag Kelly pose as a genius.

  9.  giantsou812 says:

    who brings these players in, REESE
    who didnt restock, REESE
    who drafts a QB in the fourth when we have all these needs? REESE
    We have to look no further than REESE

  10.  Msoto says:

    I believe the first thing that needs to happen is tc takes over the play calling, I’m not saying that tom should stay at years end but Reese has got to see that Kg is clueless at times with his play calling. When you know your line is not that good and still continues to call long developing plays it just makes you scratch your head. And if there was one bright spot yesterday it was Will hill, the kid was all over the field yesterday and is going to be a real stud for big blue.

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