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Coughlin: ‘I do want to coach’

Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin stood before the media this afternoon and stated clearly where he wants to be next year.

“I do want to coach,” Coughlin said. “Everyone asks me what’s next … I hope it’s the coach of the New York Giants.”

He sounded unsure that he would be back, but he has yet to meet with ownership and GM Jerry Reese for his annual postseason evaluation.  That will happen in the coming days.

Reese spoke after Coughlin and let his feelings be known.

“I want him to come back,” Reese said when asked about Coughlin’s status.  Yes, but John Mara and Steve Tisch may be ready to move on. Stay tuned.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

It appears the team and Coughlin are kicking around a possible exit plan for him. Reese would not comment on any of Tom’s assistants, saying they will wait to make any decisions on personnel.

It is very possible that they want to make a change, but just don’t know how to proceed. If they extend Coughlin, he’ll probably be here until 2016 — the year he turns 70. In their eyes, that may be too far out and could try to negotiate a retirement-type settlement with him where he just steps away now. Just a thought…

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Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

Coaches are people and make mistakes. 
Everyone gets excited when the head coach gets fired.

But then...you have no head coach.

You either have to hire
1) an unemployed ex-NFL coach ...and they're generally unemployed for a reason.

2) a coordinator with no head coaching experience, which has risk (ask Steve Spagnolo) or

3) a college coach with no NFL coaching experience, which entails risk.

Coughlin is a proven head coach with 2 rings.  I'm not sure if there is anyone better lying around waiting to replace him.  I'd keep him another 2 years at least.

On a side note, it's not his fault that the Giants had $11.2 million invested in a center and a gaurd who didn't play.  The team stunk because the offense stunk and the offense stunk because the line couldn't protect Eli Manning.  Period. 

psinap1
psinap1

I have no problem with Coughlin. But Gilbride has to go because this offense was absolutely terrible. I get that your line was bad/injured all year but the issue is deeper than just one bad year. As for Fewell, I'm ok with him right now. I think the defense can be a lot better but played pretty well considering how often the team was backed up. Again, not the best option but I will keep him for continuity purposes. But I think he is a goner since there seems to be a desire to hire black coaches in the NFL. I think some team grabs him.

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

I think they give him and his assistants 1 more year. Just my gut feeling. They will give him a 1 yr extension making him coach next year not as a lame duck, then allow him to turn things around. If next year is a success he probably walks away and the Giants will give him a nice severance package. If its not they do that regardless. I have a feeling Bill Cowher is itching for TC to leave to take over. However, seeing the success of Chip Kelly I think they need a newer offensive philosophy. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Matthew Cohen It's also possible to hire 4) a college coach with NFL coaching experience. It's worked out pretty well for Seattle with Pete Carroll.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@psinap1 There's no way Perry Fewell gets an NFL head coaching job off this season. There's way too many hotter and bigger name options out there. Including other black coaches such as Lovie Smith and David Shaw from Stanford

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

@Brian WebsterBut not so well for lots of other teams.  Redskins/Spurrier, Miami/Saban, etc.  It's a risk no matter how you look at it.  The games are different.