How many times over the last 13 years have you wondered if this is going to be it for Coughlin?
I can think of two specific occasions: 2007 and my first year on the air at WFAN in 2011. The Giants proceeded to win the Super Bowl in both of those years.
Tom Coughlin has been the cat with nine lives.
After what I saw Sunday against the Jets, I think it’s pretty fair to say there won’t be a Big Blue Parade down the Canyon of Heroes come February.
The Giants squandered a 4th quarter lead, the defense fell apart and Tom Coughlin’s strategy once again came into question.
I’m probably in the minority, I had no issue with Coughlin’s Giants up 10 points deciding to go for a 4th down conversion as opposed to kicking a field goal which would have given the Giants a 13-point lead.
Coughlin went for the win, as opposed to playing it safe and yes, it failed.
Let’s not forget about the defense, the offense and the entire operation as well here.
A lot will be made of the decision, but there’s no reason to believe the Giants would’ve kept the Jets out of the end zone twice with the way they’ve played defense this year, especially in the 4th quarter.
I will give Coughlin a pass for Sunday, but it’s alarming that now the Giants have squandered over five games this season in the 4th quarter.
It’s the reason they currently sit here with a record of 5-7 on the year, but the good news is that they are very much alive in the worst NFC East division I’ve ever seen.
Make no bones about it though, the last four games are beyond critical for the future of Tom Coughlin as the head coach of the New York Giants.
The Giants have not made a trip to the postseason since 2011, the Giants have not had a winning season since 2012.
That my friends is a long time in the National Football League.
John Mara and Steve Tisch are patient and loyal owners. They’ve stuck with Tom Coughlin through thick and thin and rightfully so, might I add. However, there reaches a point where you as an ownership group need to demand results.
The results have not been there for this Giants team since 2011.
You can easily make the argument that the talent for the Giants is a major part of their problem. I would make that argument.
It would be foolish to compare the talent of this Giants team to the teams that won Super Bowls a few years ago.
Between the pass rush, the offensive line and the running game, all three units simply aren’t as good.
However, Giants general manager Jerry Reese has two things going for him that Tom Coughlin does not. He drafted superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. two seasons ago and he’s not 69 years old.
Fair or unfair, the age of the Giants head coach will be called into question when the team is underperforming.
These next four games are everything for Tom Coughlin. If he wants to avoid a fourth consecutive season out of the playoffs and the end of his wonderful tenure with the New York Giants, he needs to win the “NFC Least.”
His legacy is secure in New York Giants history. He’s won two Super Bowl championships, in my opinion he deserves to be enshrined in Canton when his career comes to an end in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tom Coughlin is a wonderful man, a wonderful head coach and could coach my team any day of the week.
However, the New York Giants are in the business of winning football games.
Sometimes, when the results aren’t there you have to make a change.
It’s happened with legendary coaching figures before. Dallas Cowboys HOF coach Tom Landry was fired, and even here in New York legendary Yankees Manager Joe Torre was forced out after being offered an insulting contract.
I’m rooting for Tom Coughlin, I’d love to see him find a way to save his job like he has so many times over the years, but with this mediocre Giants team it’s win or else.
I don’t see any other way.
JJ’s Week 14 Unlocks of the Week
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• Pittsburgh +3
• New England -3.5
• Kansas City -10
• Seattle -9
• Carolina -7.5
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