the new york football giants
12 January 2007 ¬
" Purgatory, Continued "
We've all been waiting to see who was going to have Tom Coughlin's job next season. The wait is over. The answer.. is Tom Coughlin.

The most outcoached man in football (according to his own loyal troops, anyway) was offered a one-year extension, rather than the pink slip and swift kick in the pants that most of us expected. This followed unsuccessful attempts (and/or rumors, depending on who you talk to) to lure Scott Pioli, Bill Belichick, and Bill Parcells into a whole shmorgesborg of GM/Head Coach combinations. In the end, Coughlin keeps his job for at least another year, and frontrunning insider Jerry Reese (the man who brought you Brandon Jacobs from out of left field) will assume Ernie Accorsi's former position.

Maybe the Giants figured there were no significant upgrades to Coughlin on the market - which may be true, but his locker room cred is nonexistent. Which may mean that they're going to pursue Bill Cowher heavily in 2008 and don't want to tie themselves up in a marginal coach who'd only be in it for the short term.

Who knows. I don't like this move for three reasons:

One, this team (for the most part) just plain doesn't like Tom Coughlin, despite the mandatory lip service he occasionally receives when shifty journalists corner role players into a sound bite.

Two, there's no guarantee Bill Cowher will be looking for a job next season, and even if he is, he will no doubt command the heftiest price tag we've ever seen at the coaching position (eat your heart out, Steve Spurrier.)

Three, Elijah was essentially stagnant this season. What is this going to mean for his development? Or, for that matter, Brandon Jacobs? I get the feeling Coughlin doesn't trust Jacobs as an every-down back (a role in which, I'm sure, he'd excel.) I really, really, really don't want to see a Jacobs/Derrick Ward platoon next year.

So, there it is. We've officially secured bad vibes throughout the 2007-2008 season.


Blogger Middle Relief said...

A friend of mine who live in Jacksonville said TC was very much disliked and run out of the Jags organization by the players there as well...

To be fair, the loss of Toomer, Strahan, Harrington, Luke P. - were pretty big losses and all things considered, to have made the playoffs with a depleted line up maybe is not so bad..

.. My biggest issue right now is the regression of Eli Manning - need a QB coach and fast.

...on an unrelated topic - Tom Brady, the man is simply a winner - his teams seem to just get it done in the playoffs..

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the article on and look for the article on the Giants titled "Cough-ing through another season, or two"

9:00 PM  
Blogger z said...

you're right about coughlin looking like a youth league coach who can't get his 10 year olds to line up properly.

4:14 PM  

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