There’s a new catch phrase in the NFC East, particularly for the two teams that won’t be continuining their seasons.
The day started with Redskins G.M. Bruce Allen declaring that, in D.C., the “status quo is not acceptable.”
Later, Allen’s saying was pilfered by Giants co-owner John Mara.
“The status quo, after what we just went through, is not acceptable,” Mara said, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Mara was referring only to certain members of the coaching staff, like defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. Mara said that G.M. Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin will be back.
Still, 23 months and a day after hoisting a third Lombardi Trophy, Mara is feeling a slightly different set of emotions.
“I’m disappointed at everything. I’m unhappy at everybody. It’s just not acceptable to perform like that,” Mara said. “I’m less than 24 hours after the end of the season, so I’m sure I’ll cool down at some point and try to make intelligent decisions going forward. But obviously I’m not very happy right now. And they know that.”
As mentioned in the Week 17 Morning Aftermath, we think the Giants should take some time to consider whether now might be the time to part ways with Coughlin.
If he stays, the team’s first season in its new stadium could be marred by constant chatter regarding Coughlin’s job security — or lack thereof.
Heck, with one of the bosses bona fide New York pissed, maybe Coughlin’s best move would be to walk away. Indeed, Mara says he is “probably as disappointed as I’ve ever been in my life at this team,” and he believes the teams 8-8 record “felt a lot more like 2-14 to me.”
Reese might also be wise to steer clear of blaming it all on injuries. Per Vacchiano, Reese cited the rash of health issues during a press conference on Monday, but Mara refused to rely on that crutch. Reese’s best bet, when he and Coughlin meet with Mara, will be to say as little as possible, and to let the coach first explain why the players who suited up the past two weeks were playing like a team that was resting for the playoffs.
LIkely making Mara even more upset is the fact that the Giants were blown out in their final game at the venue that bears their name, and the Jets closed the place down the right way, with a 37-0 win over the Bengals.
Still, Mara should be willing to do more than blow off steam. Heads should roll for this year’s collapse — and the message won’t be as potent if the two men running the show escape without consequence.