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Tom Coughlin Absolutely Deserves to Remain New York Giants Head Coach

December 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

While the New York Giants were playing for pride over the final two weeks, what they really are playing for over the course of the final two games was who gets the right to return next season.

Players, coaches, executives, hot dog vendors- ok, maybe not that far, but anyone involved with the New York Football Giants were playing to see who really wanted to come back and more importantly, who deserved the right to come back next season. One of the most important people who could have been fighting for their job was head coach Tom Coughlin himself, who is in the end of only his second losing season with the Giants since taking the reigns in 2004.

Heading into Detroit facing a Lions team that was fighting for their playoff lives and hopeful of winning the NFC North, it was the Giants who came out on Sunday and looked like the team with a sense of urgency and like a team playing with the purpose while Detroit looked like they had all but given up on their coach in Jim Schwartz; a coach who is heavily on the hot seat and some feel expected to be fired after Week 17.

The Giants had a 13-3 lead, but watched it evaporate into a 20-13 lead for Detroit, but the Giants fought back to tie the game at 20-20 and made sure that the Lions weren't walking away on Sunday at least without a fight; something Detroit didn't seem like they were ready for. The Lions looked and played like a team expecting to be given a gift from the Giants, but what they got was a feisty team from Coughlin and one that simply wasn't ready to let their season die so soon.

With the game heading into overtime, the Giants survived a fumble by Andre Brown and yet still were able to dominate the Lions in overtime and won the game with a 45-yard field goal by Josh Brown that gave the Giants a 23-20 win at Ford Field and knocked Detroit out of playoff contention.

Even though it's only the Giants sixth win of the season which puts them at 6-9 for the season, what the Giants showed on Sunday was they were willing and ready to fight for Coughlin and want him to stick around as the head coach for at least one more season. Most teams who are ready to mail it in and have tuned their coach out don't play like the Giants did on Sunday; they sort of play like the Lions did.

But instead, the Giants embraced the message that Coughlin has preached from the very moment he walked through the doors back in 2004, which was 100 percent effort all the time no matter what the circumstances are, and the Giants did just that. If the Giants had laid down and allowed Detroit to massacre them all over the field, then we might be talking about Coughlin potentially being on the hot seat and wondering if he really was the right guy to be coaching this team in 2014 and into the future.

But with a gutsy victory on Sunday, and hopefully one final one next Sunday against the Washington Redskins, it should show John Mara, Steve Tisch and Jerry Reese that Coughlin is the right guy for the job in 2014 and deserves to be back; even if it is to finish out his contract. Either way, with a team that was "playing for nothing," Coughlin had the Giants playing with purpose, and that should be rewarded with the right to come back next year.

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17 Responses to “Tom Coughlin Absolutely Deserves to Remain New York Giants Head Coach”

  1.  percellovesgiants says:

    Ummmmm…NO!!!!!! This team needs new fresh ideas.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      “New fresh ideas” don’t win championships. See “Read option/running QB craze”.

      You need to start with 2 things: A head coach who knows how to win and control a locker room and a franchise QB in his prime. The Giants have both. You re-tool around them. The Giants will and they will be back.

  2.  jfunk says:

    I’m really torn on Coughlin.

    I like the guy and I think he’s a great coach. The “egg laying” has been an undeniably ugly part of his tenure here, but I don’t believe the evidence really supports the suggestion that his teams “quit”.

    I believe his approach ultimately works and the date on his two rings flies in the face of suggestions that his philosophy is outdated or stuck in the 80′s.

    Strahan and Rolle, two outspoken leaders that initially balked at his ways, both became die hard supporters of his once they understood him. I think that probably says more about his ability to lead the men in the locker room than any outsider can ever know.

    However, there are three things that make me feel it’s time for him to go.

    1. His in-game decision making is, to put it extremely likely, suspect. It costs us opportunities to win games sometimes. I don’t think he’d ever let somebody else make those decisions.

    2. I’m afraid this bunch is currently far away from being able to execute his offensive scheme (and it IS his). The wheels came off this year to the point that we’re going to have a lot of changing parts over the next two. Not sure we can expect the mind-meld like cohesiveness necessary to appear in short order. I don’t think he’ll ever allow a different scheme to be implemented under his watch…this is the only one he knows how to win with.

    3. Eli is getting old. Regardless of where you rank him, it cannot be denied that he has “it”. He can win you the biggest game in the highest pressure situation if you give him the opportunity. We could be waiting a LONG time for another player under center that can do that. Thus, I don’t think we have any time for lost seasons. We need to fix this team quickly so we’re in position to roll the dice two or three more times before Eli hangs’em up.

    I don’t doubt Coughlin is capable of turning this team around, the question is how long will it take?. Is it Tom Coughlin or a new voice that is better suited to implement a quick repair of this team? I don’t know.

    •  James Stoll says:

      I think your point 3 is why Coughlin & Gilbride stick for at least the next two seasons.
      Eli is 32. He has 2 years left on his current deal. He has played in the same system his entire career. If you change everything now, Eli is likely going to struggle. So the Giants organization, including TC will stubbornly stick to what they’ve always done and hope to will themselves back to competitiveness next year.

      Do I think they can do it? No. Not based on just how bad the team’s is right now.
      Am I prepared to roll the dice on a new coaching regime, regardless of how the changes affect Eli? I am, but I don’t get a vote. Either way, will we ever see the Eli of 2011 again? That I’m not sure about. Yesterday was perhaps as bad as I’ve seen Eli all season. The wide open misses today were astonishing, especially the one to Nicks which should have yielded him his first TD of the season. The pick was super ugly as well — a flat out big-time overthrow. He made that beauty to Jernigan for the early TD, and a few other nice throws along the way, but he must have missed on at least 6 throws yesterday.

  3.  Nosh.0 says:

    I’m telling you, you guys are wrong about TC getting a pass for the next 2 years. He was always going to be back in 2014 as long as he didn’t lose the locker room. But 2014 is a show and prove year for the coach. If we don’t make the playoffs, or at least have a 9-10 win season then he will be gone.

    Mara won’t bring him back if we have a repeat of this year.

  4.  James Stoll says:

    Guys who played great yesterday, at least great by this season’s standards:

    1. Jerrel Jernigan – this makes 2 games in a row where the guy has managed to get open and make plays. Looks like he’s earning himself a return gig for his contract year.

    2. Kiwi. He was simply the best defender on the field yesterday. 2 key sacks. A forced fumble. A bunch of tackles, a few pressures. Interesting call on him for next year.

    3. Tuck. That pick was a game all in itself. Another game of applied pressure, some good run stuffs and solid all around play. I think the Giants are going to have to offer him a 2 – 3 year deal tomcome back. We’ll have to see what happens.

    4. Will Hill. The guy can flat out play. But will he be around next year to play? Another arrest; this time as a deadbeat Dad. He does not have long-term stability written on him.

    5. Josh Brown. His KO’s stunk, but hitting that 52 yarder early and that 43 yarder in OT is as good as a kicker can get.

    6. Brandon Meyers. He has stunk all season and looks slow, unathletic and is of course a pathetic blocker. But he made 3 big big catches and recorded some serious YAC on at least 2 of them, so you have to tip your hat.

  5.  James Stoll says:

    Guys who played great yesterday, at least great by this season’s standards:

    1. Jerrel Jernigan – this makes 2 games in a row where the guy has managed to get open and make plays. Looks like he’s earning himself a return gig for his contract year.

    2. Kiwi. He was simply the best defender on the field yesterday. 2 key sacks. A forced fumble. A bunch of tackles, a few pressures. Interesting call on him for next year.

    3. Tuck. That pick was a game all in itself. Another game of applied pressure, some good run stuffs and solid all around play. I think the Giants are going to have to offer him a 2 – 3 year deal tomcome back. We’ll have to see what happens.

    4. Will Hill. The guy can flat out play. But will he be around next year to play? Another arrest; this time as a deadbeat Dad. He does not have long-term stability written on him.

    5. Josh Brown. His KO’s stunk, but hitting that 52 yarder early and that 43 yarder in OT is as good as a kicker can get.

    6. Brandon Meyers. He has stunk all season and looks slow, unathletic and is of course a pathetic blocker. But he made 3 big big catches and recorded some serious YAC on at least 2 of them, so you have to tip your hat.

    7. Jon Beason. He didn’t have his greatest game, but even when he’s not playing to his personal best, he does it with such ferocity that you just have to love the guy. If they can’t sign him in the off-season it will be a serious lost opportunity.

    8. Antrel Rolle. We are looking at $7M next year and he’s pushing 33. And all he does week in week out is lead the defense. Another solid alert game for him.

  6.  Nosh.0 says:

    As for the Beatty to RT debate.

    I have mentioned it would be a smart move for a few reasons.

    1. Beatty has come out and admitted his struggles are mostly mental this year. RT is a lower pressure position than LT. Just is. A move to the right could get him out of his mental funk and back to being a good football player.

    2. If a top tier LT prospect is available when we pick in the first round, you don’t pass that player up simply because you have Will Beatty on your roster. That’s bad business.

    3. Because of the new rookie CBA, playing Beatty at RT while he makes big $$$ is doable because the “Hypothetical” rookie LT will be locked into a cap friendly contract.

    4. I think this whole “you need an entire different skill set to play the right side” is overblown. I understand ideally you want someone more physical on that side, but lets be honest, if you’re good enough to play LT in this league you’re good enough to play RT. Or in Beatty’s case, good enough to get beat on either side.

    4. And finally, because if you’re gonna have a poor tackle who seemingly finds new ways to get beat, better to have him in a spot that your QB can see. ie If Eli is going to get pressure I’m sure he’d rather it be from the right than the left.

  7.  James Stoll says:

    And for the bad: Will Beatty and Eli Manning.

    Let’s start with Beatty.
    Sacks, pressures, run stuffs, penalties. He surrendered them all and with repetitiveness. I joked about it yesterday and others have commented since on it: the guy looks small and weak (indeed, he looked to be getting smaller as the game progressed). The guy flat out gets overpowered time and time again. And when he’s not being overpowered he’s simply whiffing. Someone posted yesterday that he commits too soon; maybe so. But one thing is for sure, he gets beat a lot.
    He is not as good now as Diehl was in 2007/2008 when he was a converted LT that we continually held our breath for. it is hard to imagine Beatty being a long-term solution at LT despite his contract. But whatever happens with him (short of resurrection) his contract (let alone original drafting) is a huge black eye for Reese.

    Then there is Poor Eli (which has ceased being ironic). Don’t know what the final stat line was, but Eli single-handedly kept the Lions in the game yesterday. He should have had at least 3 TD passes. He could have ended the game in regulation. But overthrow after overthrow, off-line after off-line throws. In a word: terrible. It’s long since stopped being funny how bad Eli has played. At $16M climbing to $17M over the next two seasons, he simply has to play better regardless of the personnel around him. Otherwise, you would be better off releasing him following 2015 and redeploying those resources elsewhere. As crazy or repugnant as that may sound to most right now, that’s what we may be looking at then if this 24 game streak of putrid play continues.

    I could of course mention the rest of the o-line but what would be the point? I will say this about them: when they surrender a sack, they do it faster than any unit I’ve ever seen. (on those plays, like yesterday’s safety) I give Eli a pass.

  8.  James Stoll says:

    Last post for a while.

    As much as I like and root for the guy, Andre Brown can’t be the long term RB solution. He’s simply too fragile.
    That leaves another monstrous hole for Reese to fill. There is not an RB on the roster who can be relied on..

    •  turkish says:

      I know it’s early (2nd season), but Wilson is a bust to me. A 1st round RB is expected to make an immediate impact in the backfield. Wilson hasn’t done much of anything since being drafted 2 yrs ago. I really thought he was going to have a big year in 2013. So did Reese, which is why he drafted him in the 1st round. BUST.

      •  rlhjr says:

        I have no big problem keeping Coughlin around. I do think he should go and new blood be brought in. But you face a single big issue….WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BRING IN WHO IS BETTER?

        The Stanford coach is staying put and I’d take him in a NYC micro second over Coughlin.

        But by far, I’d love to see the coordinators and special teams lead (NOT IZZO) go bye bye.

        REPOST:
        rlhjr says:
        December 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM
        No value added in moving Beatty to ROT. That position is reserved for brutes. And now a day’s mobile brutes. Beatty does not qualify, and neither does Pugh.

        The fact is anyone with a pulse would be a nice addition to the Giants interior offensive line Beatty not withstanding.

        The defense can be fixed by adding a legit SAM and better than average corner to play opposite Prince. If Tuck can be had at a reduced rate and Moore and JPP come along this defense could be pretty good.
        That’s provided they can keep the DT rotation intact. Jon Beason is a must have item.

        It would seem the Giants big issues are OG/C/TE. I have no clue what the teams financial outlook is. But they can’t let some of the talent they have on defense walk. While at the same time they must find offensive line and tight end talent.

        I think Donnell will eventually work out. As for Robinson, he like many JR draft picks will be given the obligatory three years. But I’m thinking if he can’t get on the field with Pope pushing him he might not be worth a damn. Either way, he’ll be another like Austin and Moss. Reese doesn’t give up on HIS picks easily.

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      •  buljos says:

        He was indeed a first round pick, but at 32nd, it’s not like Reese had a top pick and went with a RB. If JR used an 11th on a RB, then he needs to take a urinalysis test. Ya don’t use 1st round picks on RBs, unless it’s a once in a generation player like Peterson. Cut JR slack on a 32nd pick going with Wilson. He may never pan out because of the previously undiagnosed condition, but if Gilbride would implement plays designed to exploit his incredible speed and shiftiness, in addition to kickoff returns, he could end up contributing substantially. I still look back at that Saints game… I mean, holy cripe. Declare him a bust? Not yet.

  9.  turkish says:

    Conor Orr ?@ConorTOrr 1h
    As @DanGrazianoESPN noted earlier, no higher than 9, no lower than 15 for the #Giants in the draft.

    •  buljos says:

      One or two of Lewan, Robinson, Erving or Kouandjio will certainly be there. I’m hoping JR goes O-lineman again after enduring a season of miserable offensive production due in no small measure to that line. I’ve got serious doubts about bringing Diehl and Baas back, and $nee’s got to substantially restructure or he needs to go. Beatty has looked way over matched too often at LT to have solidified that position. So if JR gave Coughlin another 1st round LT, and then did what it took to land Alex Mack from Cleveland (have O’Hara work on him), we’d have every reason to expect Eli to have a great season in 2014. I’d be overjoyed to see Boothe-Mack-Pugh protecting the A gaps, with Brewer, Mosley and Cordle in reserve.

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