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Coughlin’s future isn’t as clear as some think it is

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Tom Coughlin’s future remains murky, with the Giants or elsewhere.

At a time when most presume that it’s a done deal that he’ll be leaving the Giants and many think he’ll choose to resign in lieu of being fired, there’s an emerging sense that Coughlin will not walk away. This would force the Giants to either fire him or keep him.

And that could result in a squabble between ownership, with a very real possibility that co-owner Steve Tisch may wans to move on and that co-owner John Mara may not want to move on. Which means that Coughlin, who is under contract for one more year, could be back with the Giants, after all.

If the Giants decide to move on, it’s possible that Coughlin will resurface elsewhere, quickly. With a pair of Super Bowl wins and a Hall of Fame resume, a market could quickly develop for his services.

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41 Responses to “Coughlin’s future isn’t as clear as some think it is”
  1. GenXJay says: Jan 3, 2016 8:07 PM

    Eli is his baby.
    Rivers was his beaten step-child.

  2. ikeclanton says: Jan 3, 2016 8:09 PM

    I wouldn’t invest in a 70 year old coach unless it’s a necessary stopgap. It’s not a knock on the man, but he’s a short-timer at best. That wouldn’t be smart for a team with a plan or vision.

  3. bigdad10359 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:09 PM

    The Browns should bring him in as coach/gym

  4. dontbeemo says: Jan 3, 2016 8:09 PM

    Fire Reese, keep Coughlin. Maybe Parcells has one more GM stint in him? Maybe just give full control to TC?

    Giants have max 3 more seasons in this window with Eli… why sacrifice 2 years for a new coach? You have to blow it up in a few years anyways.

  5. jh500 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:10 PM

    ungrateful franchise. wins you 2 championships and how do they pay him back? by giving him a worthless team the past few years.

  6. mr1drful says: Jan 3, 2016 8:10 PM

    His future will consist of taking out his dentures, and nesting in a rocking chair while sipping a nice tall glass of Ovaltine.

  7. pastanow says: Jan 3, 2016 8:10 PM

    It’s only murky to the speculating media. Let it play out as you guys have no say in the matter anyway.

  8. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 3, 2016 8:10 PM

    Get rid of Reese!

  9. justintuckrule says: Jan 3, 2016 8:11 PM

    Keep him. It’s a no brainer. Hiring a new coach is like painting the Berlin Wall.

  10. wrlegrand says: Jan 3, 2016 8:11 PM

    I think he should walk away personally. They need someone else to get the point across and he is up there in age. Would hate to see him somewhere like Cleveland as his end game…

  11. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 3, 2016 8:13 PM

    If anyone needs to go it’s Jerry Reese. He put this ‘team’ together.

  12. bondlake says: Jan 3, 2016 8:14 PM

    As Clint Eastwood once said: “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

    It’s time for Coughlin to move on.

  13. coltzfan166 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:14 PM

    I can see him making a deal with ownership, asking for one more year and promising to retire/resign if they don’t make the playoffs next year

  14. bigblu73 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:15 PM

    LMAO, Florio must be tryin’ to work on a endorsement deal with AARP!!!!! Blossoming Employment market for a 70 year old dude that blew 5 fourth quarter leads and 3 10 Pt. 4th Qtr. leads???

    Thats a good one!!!!

  15. a1b24312 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:17 PM

    Probably shouldve retired a few yrs ago but I woukd have no issue with him finishing his contract.

  16. steves11 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:18 PM

    Seriously, who is going to hire a 70 year old coach?

  17. justafanofitall says: Jan 3, 2016 8:19 PM

    Keep TC and give him a team…..can’t do it with name only. He’s lucky Eli made it thru the season.

  18. ninjapleazee says: Jan 3, 2016 8:22 PM

    Solid coach

  19. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:23 PM

    Coughlin is a good coach but regardless of where he ends up coaching (if he continues) I think he has to accept that it is a players league and the players of today have a different way of behaving than the players of the past.

    That’s a hard pill for a disciplinarian but it is reality.

  20. ctrunk514 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:33 PM

    Fire Jerry Reese and all scouts. Keep Coughlin if he wants to stay. Hire Parcells as GM.

  21. gfan8611 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:34 PM

    I really hope if they want to fire him Tom Coughlin makes the fire him. Don’t give them an oh he wanted to retire out if you don’t want to go TC.

  22. hockeyflow30 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:41 PM

    Fire a coach just to fire someone is how you tank your team.

    Who will you bring in that will do a better job coaching this team?

  23. jag1959 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:46 PM

    Coughlin deserves to go out on his own terms. Jerry Reese deserves to go before a firing squad.

    Seriously folks, Lombardi with Parcells and Belichick as his coordinators couldn’t have won with that ‘depth’ and (ahem) defense. Installing a new coaching staff and system at this point in Eli’s career is something you’d expect out of the Browns or Colts front office.

  24. n0hopeleft says: Jan 3, 2016 8:52 PM

    One thing is clear about his future – he has a place in Canton. The GMEN should let this man decide when it is time – anyone who says he’s lost it is an idiot.

    Yes, they lost 7 close games in the last 30 seconds – those games could’ve gone the other way if the defense made any crucial stops, but they didn’t.

    It is what it is, and there is no one better out there to coach this team.

  25. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 3, 2016 8:58 PM

    This trend of blaming GMs and not coaches is unfair and needs to stop. The praise isn’t equally shared when a team has a good year, but for some reason fans have started to back certain coaches in bad years, or in some bad tenures.

    Look at what Todd Bowles did with the New York Jets this year with almost the exact same roster. The only acquisition was Brandon Marshall, and based on the 5th rounder they traded for him, they could’ve done that deal during the Ryan tenure. Ryan could’ve easily gotten Ryan Fitzpatrick during any of his last few years there too.

    But did those two players account for six more wins, or was Rex Ryan simply a bad coach, not a good coach with a bad GM?

    Do you know how many teams would love to have Eli Manning and/or Odell Beckham?

    The Giants lost six games to non-playoff teams. They beat one playoff team.

    Tom Coughlin is an absolutely horrendous coach. He does not hold players accountable, he hasn’t had a clue about how to put together a defense in years and has made more play call and clock management blunders this season than most coaches do during a 6-7 year span.

    Coughlin is the problem. And here’s the thing, do you think he will get better next year? That he’ll discipline his team, that he’ll stop making bad clock management decisions? That’s what you do when you give a coach another year, you assume they will improve on their position. The Giants will not have a better record next year unless they get a new coach.

  26. dave4nyfg says: Jan 3, 2016 9:06 PM

    The overall situation isn’t his fault — subpar roster is on Reese. That said, injury situation is too consistent to not be more than bad luck, and too many games were lost in the last few minutes. Notably, some of those were bad coaching (clock management and play calling) and the mismanagement of Odell in that game was very unCoughlin. At the end of the day, methinks its time to move on from our HOF coach. Not blaming him, but change is needed and we’ve already done the OC and DC.

    A new HC won’t get this roster competitive, but might as well address a potential issue while roster building.

    I hope he doesn’t retire, would love to see Tom succeed somewhere else. Youngest 69yr old I’ve ever seen…

  27. doggeatdogg says: Jan 3, 2016 9:08 PM

    Florio, how about writing a dossier on some of these incompetent NFL owners. They are never held accountable for their lousy ownership and neglect of the product. What are the rules for them and their abject neglect of their fiduciary duties. The incompetence in Cleveland, Miami, Indianapolis, and many others is just horrific. If I owned a McDonald’s franchise and muck it up, I won’t be allowed to own it for long.

  28. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jan 3, 2016 9:12 PM

    When I truly look at this the Giants don’t need a coach they need a defense

  29. themage78 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:33 PM

    kevinlawrencecantor says:
    Jan 3, 2016 8:58 PM
    This trend of blaming GMs and not coaches is unfair and needs to stop. The praise isn’t equally shared when a team has a good year, but for some reason fans have started to back certain coaches in bad years, or in some bad tenures.

    Look at what Todd Bowles did with the New York Jets this year with almost the exact same roster. The only acquisition was Brandon Marshall, and based on the 5th rounder they traded for him, they could’ve done that deal during the Ryan tenure. Ryan could’ve easily gotten Ryan Fitzpatrick during any of his last few years there too.
    ______________________

    The Jets have a top 10 if not top 5 defense. The Giants have the worst defense in the league. 7 games they lost by leSS then a TD. There is no comparison. The Jets have a better roster then the Giants now. They have a deeper roster and less injuries then the Fiants.

  30. dtm1088 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:35 PM

    Biggest problem this team has had for 4-5 years is rounds 3-7 of the draft. They have not acquired or developed any talent taken there. The roster is a disgrace as a result. Hopefully something in that organization changes as a result. I just am not sure who is going to pay the price.

  31. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 3, 2016 9:41 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 3, 2016 9:12 PM
    When I truly look at this the Giants don’t need a coach they need a defense
    _______________

    And that means healthy talented players, something the training staff and Reese seem unable to provide.

  32. cowboysfan1979 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:18 PM

    Make them fire you so you collect your contract. If you retire, you don’t get the money.

  33. maalea says: Jan 3, 2016 10:39 PM

    The fact that the public thinks this guy is a good coach just blows my mind.

  34. jrossizzle says: Jan 3, 2016 11:10 PM

    Hillary is 70, that’s not a good choice

  35. ttommytom says: Jan 3, 2016 11:36 PM

    The comments about Reese and the roster are coming from longtime Giants fans.

    As one myself:

    The horrible mid to late round draft picks go back to day 2 for Reese. How about this years 5th round pick? Typical Reese blunder.

    It just gets old when your GM can’t add depth the old fashion way…

  36. sbchampsagain says: Jan 4, 2016 12:06 AM

    A lot of these franchises looking for head coaches could do a lot worse than Coughlin.

  37. criticaldsj says: Jan 4, 2016 12:55 AM

    Coughlin will retire. He had his entire family there today for a reason.

    Reese and company also deserve to be broomed for the overall poor management of this roster over the last three seasons.

  38. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 4, 2016 6:29 AM

    Unless Sean Peyton could be hired, I wouldn’t make a move –

  39. angrylionsfan says: Jan 4, 2016 9:47 AM

    They would be nuts to fire a coach who has won them two Super Bowls. Age concerns aside I’d love to see Coughlin as the Lions coach.

  40. herrerabrad says: Jan 4, 2016 11:11 AM

    While I agree that it would be confusing for Manning to start with a new coach, as a Giants fan I think its time for some new blood somewhere. The defense is horrid and the offense is inconsistent. I think most team members probably like Coughlin, however the organization needs someone that lights a fire under their asses gets the most discipline and effort. I wouldn’t mind Jon Gruden to be honest.

  41. savoirlaire says: Jan 4, 2016 11:11 AM

    I am a 50 year Gman fan, since the days of Homer Jones and Rocky Thompson. I will undoubtedly get flamed on here, because clearly there is a pro-Coughlin sentiment here, but I totally agree with kevinlawrencecantor and maalea–Coughlin is a horrible coach now who has got to go. I am so tired of the blame the gm and injuries excuses that have been going on since the miracle of 2007 (and don’t fool yourself, it was a miracle), the game has not passed Coughlin by, it has friggin lapped him. This team needs wholesale change, and that starts with the Coach. You want to fire Reese, I can’ really defend him, but this whole oh let’s keep lovable Coach Coughlin is insane. BTW, the team sucked under the end of Accorsi’s run as well. I cannot spend one more season looking at Coughlin’s embarrassing red puffy face screaming and yelling. Get the f rid of him, now. “Oh, but boo hoo, who are they going to hire that’s as good as Coughlin”, you say?? How about anyone?!?

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