End Of An Era

Tom Coughlin lasted 12 seasons as Giants head coach. How unique is that? Consider the fact that since he was hired, 45 people have coached the other major teams in the area. Here’s a breakdown of those numbers:

Devils-10

Islanders-7

Knicks-7

Nets-7

Rangers-4

Jets-4

Mets-4

Yankees-2

(And this means that Joe Girardi now has the longest tenure among NYC coaches.)

Over on ESPN, Dan Graziano has a nice column that reflects how I feel about his move. I can’t believe Jerry Reese isn’t following the coach out of the door. He points out that this is a systemic failure, simply not enough talent being drafted and developed.

The key thing is what happens now? Reese is staying, hopefully with a different approach, but who will be the next coach? I would put two names at the top of the list. The first, and more likely one, is Ben McAdoo. The positives for his candidacy are the fact that he is the Offensive Coordinator and would not require Eli to learn a new offense. He is also considered one of the better young coaches in the league. The knocks against him are no head coaching experience, and while the Giants like to promote former coordinators to Head Coach, the last one who went directly to Head Coach was Ray Handley.

The other name is Sean Payton. Payton is a former assistant and has gone on to become one of the best coaches in the game. His tenure may be over in New Orleans, and if it is, expect the Giants to aggressively pursue him.

And this will be the first Head Coach that Wellington Mara won’t be a part of hiring since the Giants hired Steve Owen in 1931!

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Comments

  • blmeanie  On January 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Heard Mike Smith interviewed for the Giants job yesterday, hahahahahaha

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I would’t expect that to happen. He is a very close friend of Tom Coughlin, so I am sure that was a big part of it.

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