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Giants owner says he wants Tom Coughlin back

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There are six NFL teams looking for head coaches (at the moment), and none of them are in New York.

While there have been questions about the future of 67-year-old Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, they’re not coming from ownership there.

Giants boss John Mara just told reporters he wants Coughlin back on the sidelines next year.

We still have every confidence in him,” Mara said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday.

Mara also mentioned “I think our offense is broken,” which seemed obvious after Eli Manning had a career-high 27 interceptions. That assessment falls in line with the “disconnect” wide receiver Victor Cruz mentioned recently as well.

That might convince Mara to declare his intentions toward free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks soon, so the Giants can have an offseason on the same page this coming year.

But giving Coughlin the opportunity to oversee it is the stable and prudent play at a time when other franchises make too many moves, all of them wrong.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 30, 2013 2:15 PM

    John Mara ruined Mike Shanahan’s plan. How does he sleep at night knowing he took another man’s paycheck away just so his filthy franchise get’s an UNFAIR competitive edge!!! Shame on you John Mara!!!

  2. Eli on Injured Reserve says: Dec 30, 2013 2:19 PM

    TC, there is life after football. Enjoy it. Spend time with the wife and family. Embrace the opportunity that has been afforded you. Being a Head Coach in the NFL is a very stressful occupation, that can take years off of your life. Enjoy what remains with no regrets.

  3. elliottcovert says: Dec 30, 2013 2:21 PM

    Good for him. Tom Coughlin is an inspiration to active senior citizens everywhere.

    His face also turns bright red in the cold, which is hilarious.

    Also he’s won two superbowls so it would probably be stupid to fire him I guess.

  4. egomaniac247 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:21 PM

    When you only have 2 losing-record seasons since 2004 and 2 Superbowl wins, you have earned a mulligan/gimmie season.

  5. zam0854 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:23 PM

    Redskins next head coach should be Lane Kiffin lol.

    #EaglesNFCEastChamps

  6. yournuts says: Dec 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    Tom Coughlin is a great coach. You don’t fire great coaches when the players get hurt and you lose. The Gmen will be back.

  7. weepingjebus says: Dec 30, 2013 2:28 PM

    This is the Eli Manning I’ve always known. The couple of seasons he was successful were stunning, like watching a different person. Is there a 4th Manning brother that occasionally suits up for the Giants? The only other alternative is an expired contract with the dark powers (no, not Citizens Ecodrive).

  8. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    Kevin Gilbride = broken offense. Where was the creative hand-off to Jernigan and anything outside of deep-ball the rest of the year.

  9. thekiller678 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    weepingjebus says: Dec 30, 2013 2:28 PM

    This is the Eli Manning I’ve always known. The couple of seasons he was successful were stunning, like watching a different person. Is there a 4th Manning brother that occasionally suits up for the Giants? The only other alternative is an expired contract with the dark powers (no, not Citizens Ecodrive).
    ======================================
    This is his worst regular season since 2007. That’s far more than “the last couple seasons.” Expect a bounce back year for manning next year with a new OC and revamped oline.

  10. pologroundsvet says: Dec 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    In John Mara I trust. Even after my 62nd year watching Giants football first from a wooden seat with my father in the Polo Grounds and now from the Lexus Club. But I hope he’s realistic about how much needs to be done. Those 7 wins came against some pitiful or pitifully wounded teams. Yes, we had more than our share of injuries but the problems are deeper than that. SOME boldness will be needed along with keen insight.

  11. blu4l1fe says: Dec 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    This season has certainly been awash with the team losing its first 6 games and failing to regain ground. I initially thought that it may very well have been due to Coach Coughlin. But as the season progressed as it did, it certainly showed that it was not necessarily the coach but more the team. I know Coach Coughlin would not all of a sudden just change his coaching style. That was never him. He may have eased up a bit the past few seasons but overall, he’s not one to change his style because he knows and everyone knows it works.

    I believe it is more of the injuries, the miserable start, and the overall performance of the team. Eli’s interception plagued season certainly didn’t help. The team was just out of sync in every facet in comparison to the SB teams that he coached.

    I definitely do not see anyone out there that I would want, if anything, to be the HC of the Giants other than Coach Coughlin.

  12. meatcarroll says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Prudent move. If the Giants rebound, Coughlin’s fine and this season was an aberration. If they suck again, I’m sure Coughlin would retire on his own and keep his dignity.

  13. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Wants him back? Really? Wow.

    #overthehill

  14. bobsnygiants says: Dec 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Defence need a leader , a coach that’s know what he is doing .

  15. ballwasher says: Dec 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    Mara is right. The offense is broken, so that means bring back Coughlin on the condition that Killdrive is gone.

  16. spungy says: Dec 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    Translated: The Chin isn’t ready yet.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 30, 2013 2:53 PM

    Start a human rights petition. Looking at Coughlin for another year constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

  18. thegronk87 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    I don’t expect the giants to bounce back….eagles will own that division for the rest of Eli’s career. You need to surround eli with talented players – he’s not elite such that he can make average receivers good or bad receivers average. It’s no coincidence his best seasons occurred only after the giants got plaxico, nicks and cruz. He needs one or two “blankies” to help him

  19. catfish252 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    Glad to hear it Mr. Mara — Hopefully we’ll turn this thing around before next season.

  20. arwiv says: Dec 30, 2013 2:58 PM

    Eli isn’t elite….we all get it. But his o-line this year was not just bad, it was epically bad. Give him a normal line and eli goes out and throws 25-30 td’s and 15-18 picks, like he always does. Is it elite or probowl level play, no. Is it good enough to win a sb….uh, obviously.

    Also, I have no problem with TC or even Gillbride (as predictable as he is)….but a real DC could have had much more success with that defense, which was fairly talented. Id like to see fewell gone.

  21. censoredagain says: Dec 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    I’m fine with keeping Coughlin and Fewell, but the offense is broken due to one person: Kevin Gilbride.

    The game has completely passed him by, and he is entirely too clueless to see it. If you want to save this franchise, Mr Mara, do the one thing that will save this team from further embarrassment and fire Gilbride IMMEDIATELY.

  22. lanman11 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    “I’m thankful for the opportunity to be on the sidelines again in 2014 coaching the NY Giants. It’s what I love to do, and I have nothing else to do. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!”

    Signed,

    Tom Coughlin

  23. justintuckrule says: Dec 30, 2013 3:08 PM

    thegronk87 says:
    Dec 30, 2013 2:55 PM
    I don’t expect the giants to bounce back….eagles will own that division for the rest of Eli’s career. You need to surround eli with talented players – he’s not elite such that he can make average receivers good or bad receivers average. It’s no coincidence his best seasons occurred only after the giants got plaxico, nicks and cruz. He needs one or two “blankies” to help him
    ——
    Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Jeremy Shockey all did what with their next teams?

  24. mtgblue1979 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    Eli is definitely elite. The way he manhandled the patriots twice on his way to Super Bowl MVP proves it. Cruz? Far from elite. Plaxico? Even farther away. Nicks? Injury prone. Eli has done so much with so little year after year. Put him behind a good offensive line and he’ll put up Brady numbers.
    Eagles won the division purely because the rest of the easy underperformed. Look for them to be near last next year where they belong.

  25. pongonfl says: Dec 30, 2013 3:14 PM

    Hoodie went to the cross roads, agreed to sacrifice both his tight ends to end the reign of Coughlin and it still was not enough. Coughlin is scortched but not banished

  26. sportsfan18 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    I’m a Manning homer… for Peyton that is!

    Like the Manning family and wish them all well.

    But Eli’s career numbers, in all main QB categories are average at best.

    He is FAR from elite.

    I mean, ANY of us on here are able to look up career stats online and compare them to all others who have played QB in the NFL and well, none of us would find Eli in the top in any of the categories we pulled up online.

    I’m NOT saying he’s a bad QB, just that he’s NOT elite.

    Flacco isn’t elite either.

    Both are way overpaid. Each having a contract over $100 million is wrong (just a sign of the times, but neithers play warranted receiving a contract worth over $100 million).

  27. ravenswhat says: Dec 30, 2013 3:33 PM

    If coughlin hadn’t thrown 27 picks they make the playoffs. Oh wait.

  28. hyprcaffeinated says: Dec 30, 2013 3:36 PM

    I can’t wait to hear Mara’s next plan to mess with the Redskins. The last one worked out so well. Maybe he can have someone tinker with RGME’s knee brace.

  29. jjg8505 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:39 PM

    Told you dumb asses he’d b back lol go coughlin u da man

  30. rugdaniels says: Dec 30, 2013 3:47 PM

    The Mara and Rooney families are the steadiest ownership in the NFL and have the championships to prove it. The franchises who switch coaches every few seasons are doomed for failure. How many championships do teams looking for coaches today, the Dolphins, Lions, Vikings, or Browns (pt 2), have?

  31. thealmightybigblue says: Dec 30, 2013 3:57 PM

    This is why we win superbowls and franchises like the eagles do not.and then there are the pathetic deadskins who’s best days are behind them. #untouchable

  32. csilojohnson says: Dec 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    Stats are a good way of determining skill level. I see “elite” as being more a combination of numbers and how good you are when it counts.
    Im not arguing that Eli is elite. He obviously lacks his brother’s skill and consistency. He does have 2 rings and MVPs to boot though. Off of some pretty clutch plays.

  33. kev86 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    Mara, Reese, Coughlin, Manning – I think the Giants will be OK.

    Long live Wellington and the Mara family ! True Blue! Go Giants!

  34. quickstrong says: Dec 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    that is bad news for NY giants fans and players, Coughflin may have been OK in the 1960s
    but today Cmon Man?

  35. kev86 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:32 PM

    No other QB has ever beaten an undefeated team in the super bowl. Eli is the MANN.

    Name me some NFC East teams that have represented the NFC in the SB since 2000.

  36. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    There’s no one out there better than Coughlin right now. Shouldn’t change for the sake of change.

  37. jollyjoker2 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:44 PM

    Please fire him PLEASE! I would love to have him in MN

  38. nickrindo says: Dec 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    He would also like Eli Manning back, if anyone can find him.

  39. gmjerry says: Dec 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    I wish these owners would stay out of football decisions. Hire a GM and stay out of the way.

  40. clelek05 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    That would be the dumbest non-move of the off-season. It is so obvious that it is time to move on from Coughlin. He will go down as a great coach in Giants history but enough is enough. This season was absolutely pathetic. Someone needs to be held accountable, and that usually is the HC.

  41. cwill99 says: Dec 30, 2013 6:33 PM

    Not trying to stir the pot or cause controversy here, but anyone else find it a little strange that Mara and Reese say they WANT Coughlin back, but no one has said he WILL be back?

    I read a couple of articles (1 by Graziano) that suggest Mara wants KILLDRIVE gone. If you heard Mara talk, that sounds like his plan. Especially, when he singled out and took jabs at the offense mainly. I also read in several reports that Coughlin will not want to fire K.G. at all and if he doesn’t that could maybe mean T.C. not coming back.

    Also read that things like Coughlin’s future will be discussed later this week such as if he wants to come back (I’m sure he does), and if so for how much longer, or for only the final year. Coughlin, even after Mara and Reese said they want him back, never confirmed he will be for sure. Is that b/c of his loyalty to his staff (Killdrive)?

    Can’t believe he’s that loyal that maybe he would walk away then to fire K.G. Does Killdrive have naked pics of somebody’s wife or something? I just hope if there is even a slim possibility that T.C. walks away the Giants have a plan in place before all the good coaches and coordinators are gone. Unless, of course Cowher is in fact waiting.

    I have no problems w/ Coughlin, but if for some reason he leaves, I’m not going to lie I would want a proven guy. Not some college coach or young guy that might not pan out. We could get a couple young minds as assistants.

  42. djstat says: Dec 30, 2013 7:10 PM

    1. Eli may not have Peyton numbers in the regular season but he has two Super Bowl rings to big brothers 1.

    2. For all of the Redskins fans crying about how Mara screwed them, you cannot blame Mara for 20 years of mowing a mediocre franchise. Mara did not make RG knee an arrogant selfish player and Mara didn’t make Shannahan a guy no one likes

  43. thegronk87 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:36 PM

    Hey tuck, bottom line is eli can’t win with exclusively no bodies to throw the ball to – he can win with good receivers on his roster like burress, cruz and nicks. Without them, not so much.

    Oh, and Jeremy Shockey won a Super Bowl with the saints.

    How’s that Super Bowl clock-thing working for you?

  44. yournuts says: Dec 30, 2013 7:37 PM

    Remember the Gmen had a ZERO running game this year. Everything fell on Eli’s shoulders. If you can’t run the defence can take the air game from you. Andre Brown broke his leg, we had P. Hillis and M. Cox both contributed nothing we even had to revert to the past and rehire Brandon Jacobs.
    David Wilson lost 2 fumbles on opening night and a neck injury and was theorically lost for the rest of the year.

  45. kev86 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:58 AM

    thegronk87 says:
    Dec 30, 2013 7:36 PM
    Hey tuck, bottom line is eli can’t win with exclusively no bodies to throw the ball to – he can win with good receivers on his roster like burress, cruz and nicks. Without them, not so much.

    You are way off and clearly do not watch all Giants games.

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