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Lawrence Taylor: Time for Tom Coughlin to go

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For some teams, including the Cowboys and the Redskins, it is a regular occurrence to hear criticisms and suggestions about their present state of affairs from former players.

Outside of the occasional grenade lobbed by Tiki Barber in the past, their NFC East rivals in New Jersey aren’t usually in that mix. As they play out the string on a dismal season, however, the best defensive player in franchise history has decided to weigh in.

Lawrence Taylor says he believes Tom Coughlin is a good coach, albeit one he’s not sure he could have played for, but that he thinks it is “time for him to take his talents on the road.”

“He’s done all he can do for the Giants. If he wants to coach, I think he needs to take his philosophies to another team,” Taylor said, via Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “After a while, the players just stop listening. I respect the man, but it’s time. As much as I like Coughlin and the job he has done, it’s time for a shakeup.”

There’s been no signal from the Giants that they agree with LT’s take. The consensus opinion around the team is that the only way Coughlin doesn’t return for the 2014 season is if he decides to step away from his post and Coughlin’s offered no hints that he’s planning to make that decision. Next year is the final year of his contract, though, and the team should probably start thinking about next steps with a coach who will be 68 when next season gets underway.

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22 Responses to “Lawrence Taylor: Time for Tom Coughlin to go”
  1. daniel10017 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:13 AM

    I agree. Coughlin must retire at season’s end. Coaching in the last year of the contract is never a good ideaLook at Seattle’s players during Mike Holgrem’s final year. They didn’t care and it should in their record. I believe they went 5-11

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    If the Giants had bailed on Parcells after his 3 win season, where would they be now? It’s doubtful they’d have picked up their first two Super Bowl victories.

    What if the Steelers would have quit on Chuck Noll after his 1-13 season – or the Cowboys would have fired Landry after his 0-11-1 season?

    Even Coughlin was under heat in New York – during the year he led the Giants to their fourth Super Bowl title.

    The point here, is Coach Coughlin should have earned enough coaching equity to withstand a potshot from a guy whose whole career was not about second chances, but a seemingly unlimited bounty of dozens upon dozens of extra chances. LT is extremely fortunate to have played in the era he did – because what he got away with doesn’t fly in today’s NFL.

  3. brucetrimble says: Dec 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    Since he retired, LT has diminished his professional legacy by multiple personal transgressions, rendering him irrelevant to discussions about the Giants. Since he has never played for Coughlin, how could he possibly know what the coaching is teaching? LT should take his irrelevant opinions home.

  4. commonsensedude says: Dec 15, 2013 9:41 AM

    “We’ll take Coughlin. You can have both of our Shanahans in exchange.”

    Sincerely,
    The Redskins

  5. jakec4 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:50 AM

    Taylor’s opinion of Coughlin was respectful whether or not you agree with it. I didn’t read anything inflammatory.

    Sometimes a new regime is exactly what is needed. Especially if Coughlin has lost the players. When the Ravens fired Billick in 2007 he was a coach with a ring. Bringing in a new face in 2008 led the Ravens to the playoffs every year and another Super Bowl win.

  6. TheDPR says: Dec 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    Lawrence Taylor: Great pass rusher. Not a great mind.

  7. lorddarkhelmet says: Dec 15, 2013 9:56 AM

    we’ll take Coughlin here in Detroit and Spags as his d-coordinator. Great tough coaching like his is the piece we are missing. No denying the man is a playoff coach.

  8. joelvis72 says: Dec 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    “He’s done all he can do,” which includes winning the Super Bowl just two seasons ago, and beating one of the NFL’s all-time great teams in the Super Bowl four years before that.

  9. smackingfools says: Dec 15, 2013 10:21 AM

    Last 2 times someone said that he won Super Bowls.

  10. 8man says: Dec 15, 2013 10:30 AM

    This is silliness. Two Lombardis says enough.

  11. whodeybacker says: Dec 15, 2013 10:31 AM

    If the players have stopped listening, THEY need to be replaced. They are the problem. Secondly its funny how coaches look smart when they have excellent o lines and dlines, which the Giants dont.

  12. zack2482 says: Dec 15, 2013 10:54 AM

    This is dumb and I’m a Cowboys fan. We will take him in Dallas.

  13. jjrs89 says: Dec 15, 2013 11:18 AM

    Coughlin is the most under appreciated 2 time super bowl winning coach of all time. Seems they called for his head both times they went all the way as well. What a brutal sport

  14. lks311 says: Dec 15, 2013 11:24 AM

    It may be time for a change, but, it is not time for him to retire. Detroit is ready to win now. I’d welcome him.

  15. badmoonrison says: Dec 15, 2013 11:44 AM

    We’ll take him in Oakland, too.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 15, 2013 12:29 PM

    I’m convinced that Coughlin is a pretty darn good coach. His record speaks for itself. Not convinced changing coaches solves anything.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 15, 2013 2:15 PM

    Lawrence was respectful (if not accurate) here. I am a Tom backer, but 10 years is a long time in one place without total autonomy (Bill in NE) or a cheap owner who hasn’t fired you because they don’t want to pay anyone else (Lewis in CIN). This has nothing to do with them “bailing” on Tom in a losing season (to the person who brought up Parcells FIRST season, which has nothing to do with Tom’s TENTH), it’s stale and everyone knows what’s coming on offense every week. Gilbride can’t design a good screen play to save his life. The players have tuned out Coughlin and Gilbride. Defense plays very well for Fewell, considering all the massive injuries they have had outside of the Super Bowl run (with Fewell here). I don’t want Tom gone, but if he won’t fire Gilbride, then the Giants need to make a business decision, not a sentimental one.

  18. John Henson says: Dec 15, 2013 3:11 PM

    Too many hits to the head.

  19. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 15, 2013 3:50 PM

    For the people who think Taylor’s comments are insignificant, remember something… Coughlin has 3 rings with the Giants, not 2 – he was the receivers coach under Parcells for the Super Bowl 25 win over Buffalo. Coughlin was highly sought for both college and pro jobs after hat season. So Taylor and Coughlin know each other from back then.

    Coughlin does have some equity with the team, no question. But he needs to recognize that 10 years of the same offense means teams have 10 years of film to learn how to stop it. Add in all the “Omaha” calls by Eli to snap now, and delay-of-game penalties when it’s too late, and that tells me Gilbride is not thinking ahead like a good play caller should, nor is he developing game plans that opponents don’t expect.

    The Giants don’t let coaches go lame-duck on their contracts. When Mara, Tisch, and Reese do their end-year evaluation, they will have two choices: Tom gets an extension but needs a new OC, or Tom gets a gold watch and is politely shown the door.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 15, 2013 4:45 PM

    roadtrip3500 says: Dec 15, 2013 3:50 PM

    For the people who think Taylor’s comments are insignificant, remember something… Coughlin has 3 rings with the Giants, not 2 – he was the receivers coach under Parcells for the Super Bowl 25 win over Buffalo. Coughlin was highly sought for both college and pro jobs after hat season. So Taylor and Coughlin know each other from back then.

    Coughlin does have some equity with the team, no question. But he needs to recognize that 10 years of the same offense means teams have 10 years of film to learn how to stop it. Add in all the “Omaha” calls by Eli to snap now, and delay-of-game penalties when it’s too late, and that tells me Gilbride is not thinking ahead like a good play caller should, nor is he developing game plans that opponents don’t expect.

    The Giants don’t let coaches go lame-duck on their contracts. When Mara, Tisch, and Reese do their end-year evaluation, they will have two choices: Tom gets an extension but needs a new OC, or Tom gets a gold watch and is politely shown the door.
    ———————-

    Fully agree.

  21. dano4577 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:43 AM

    One thing I don’t understand is how can changing head coaches stop Eli from throwing so many interceptions? Does Coughlin have a play designed to for the golden child to throw picks?

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    dano4577 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:43 AM

    One thing I don’t understand is how can changing head coaches stop Eli from throwing so many interceptions? Does Coughlin have a play designed to for the golden child to throw picks?
    ————–

    Of course you don’t understand, since you never played football.

    The whole regime is stale. Everyone knows what’s coming with the offense. Eli is taking liberties with the ball to make plays that aren’t there. A new system and offensive philosophy works wonders, a la Philip Rivers and Mike McCoy.

    That’s the dumbed down version for someone who obviously never played the game.

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