If This Is It

Before the season, I predicted the Giants would finish 6-10. I also predicted this would be the end of the Giants’ careers of Coughlin, Reese and JPP. Check mark on the first part, I got the record right. TBD on the rest, but it sounds like this might be it for Tom Coughlin- reports are that he is going to resign tomorrow as Head Coach.

That would be a honorable gesture by a coach who has been nothing but a gentleman in his tenure. But it wouldn’t be enough. Coughlin didn’t have a great year, too many questionable decisions and the OBJ debacle, but apart from the Minnesota game his team played hard all year. This was a club that simply wasn’t talented enough to win on a regular basis. The offensive line was patchwork. The defense was a joke.

If Coughlin goes, and I am not entirely sure he should, the Giants have to fire Reese as well. He put this club together, and should answer for it. Too many draft picks have been busts or total wastes under Reese. Yes, there is OBJ, but there are also guys like Hankins, Austin, Moore, and Robinson. But here’s the thing, I wouldn’t fire either of them. Couhglin has one year left on his contract. Reese is about to get a ton of salary cap space to work with. Bring them into a room and explain it is a package deal, playoffs or bust for both of them.

The alternative is to start over, and I think that is foolish with Eli Manning entering the twilight of his career. Eli had a great season, possibly his best ever. He has mastered this offense and switching coaches and coordinators on him will only complicate things. Stay the course one more year, and then reassess.

Or Tom Coughlin could make this all moot and retire. We will know it all in 24 hours.

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  • blmeanie  On January 3, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    They haven’t been very good or at least very consistent for last 7-10 years. They caught fire twice and beat the Patriots in Super Bowls that I wish turned out differently. Otherwise, bleh. Time up on coach and GM if it were me. Rebuild, Manning should have 3 or so productive years still, right?

  • blmeanie  On January 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    TC was the first to be let go, a few minutes ago. I don’t get the sense this makes you happy though. I’m not close enough but I cannot think of examples that say he is a good coach over the years.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 4, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Not happy at all. Reminds me of when the Yankees forced Torre out after ’07. For examples of being a good coach, how about those two Super Bowls?

  • blmeanie  On January 5, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I don’t think Coughlin was pushed out at all and the comparison to Torre doesn’t ring true for me. Coughlin won the two super bowls, absolutely can be thrilled with that and hang his hat on it. There probably aren’t too many coaches that can say that.

    Funny that his winning percentage is exactly the same in NY as it was in Jax, .531. While with the Giants he only have 4 ten win seasons out of 12. That is why I think he was fired.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 5, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Well he met with the team yesterday and told them “if this was the least time he addressed them as coach, he wished them all the luck in the world.” He then met with the owners and “resigned”.

      He is one of 13 coaches to win multiple Super Bowls.

      I’m not against the idea of firing him, but I don’t agree with firing just him. The last few seasons are on more than Coughlin, and that is what makes me mad.

  • blmeanie  On January 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Fair. Nice quote to the team. I’ve never had an issue with him, seems like a stand up guy, just maybe not the best technician

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Stand up guy is a good way to put it. At his good-bye press conference today he took the blame, held his head up high and talked about his charity for kids who have cancer. There are not enough coaches in the big leagues like Coughlin.

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