Should the Giants build around Coughlin?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Many would like to see Tom Coughlin ride off into the sunset and have the Giants bring in new head coach. That may or may not solve their problems. In my opinion, Coughlin is not the issue. Another coach might have gone 3-13 or 4-12 with this bunch, instead of 7-9 like Tom did.

The Giants have personnel problems in the assistant coach and player ranks. Too many misses in the draft and in free agency. Too many assistant coaches have overstayed their welcome. They’ve also hung on to certain players too long and that has prevented them from stocking and backfilling their roster with viable options and replacements.

Now that the brass has expressed their desire to bring Tom back in 2014, the next step is ponder what that does for the team right now and down the road. Coughlin is a stand-up guy and a great football coach. Regardless of what the public thinks, he is not an NFL luddite. He can – and has- changed with the times.

I don’t feel his age is an issue. Being around the man, he exudes energy. He does have his negatives, however. One is his loyalty to certain assistants and some credos that do not translate well into the modern day NFL.

What the Giants need to do with Tom is simple. Make him part of the brass and distance himself from getting too personal with his assistants. They should be like the players: expendable. This model works in New England. Bill Belichick is constantly changing assistants and there is no question who the boss is. Bob Kraft is the owner. Belichick is everything else.

The Giants should collectively make assistant coaching hires. Tom, Jerry Reese and the pro personnel guys should scour for candidates that will make the team better, move it forward. And make changes at the soonest possible moment.

Coughlin has earned this type of treatment, this level of status. He is like the Tommy Lasorda of the NFL. It’s his world, we’re just living in it. Let’s hope that world gets bigger and better.

The Giants always say they explore everything. That may be true, but they rarely make changes as a result. It’s time to change that. The world spins faster these days and even though they are only two seasons removed from a championship, the Giants look as if they’ve been bypassed by an entire generation.

Yes, I know they’ve been on the trend-setting end of change in this league, but they need to get back there and stick. They can close the circles by getting the right people in the right jobs. The should stop trying to act smarter than everyone else and just be smarter than everyone else.

Keeping and empowering Tom Coughlin would be a good start. Forget about his age. Does anyone question Pope Francis’ age, or Warren Buffett’s?




7 comments
marcus81
marcus81

don't know what happened to Reese, a lot of GM's have bad years after a couple of good years, Giants still have the core of players they won the SB with, a good draft and free agent signings and this team can certainly compete for a weak division, and anything can happen if they make the play offs, they can give it another go for another 2 years before it's time completely rebuild

chasesimms
chasesimms

I am a Coughlin fan.   But its time to say goodbye to Gilbride, but it seems Coughlin will never agree to this.  Things could get interesting, no?

billysuede
billysuede

depends on who the oc is. coughlin is a pass-friendly coach. the trick is to make sure we have an every-down back (or close to it) who can catch effectively out of the backfield and continue to allow eli to manage the game as freely as he did under gilbride 

QuantumClock
QuantumClock

@SNYGiants G-Men won 2 SB's mostly on Defense and some running. Now it's a Pass Offense driven game. A change was definitely needed.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

@QuantumClock @SNYGiants 


Your first sentence is not really accurate at all. We had a huge and lethal passing attack in 2011. Eli was only 40 yards short of throwing for 5000 yards in 2011 when we won the second Super Bowl. We were near the bottom of the league in rushing and total defense that year. Eli was a beast in 2011 -  BOTH Cruz and Nicks had well over 1,000 yards receiving. In fact Cruz set a Giant record for receiving yardage with 1,536. The first Super Bowl run our pass rush found itself at at the right time and we had a good running game that year with Bradshaw and Jacobs leading the way.Eli played very well in the NFC Championship game in 20 degrees below zero temperatures and easily out-dueled Brett Favre.

dannym28
dannym28

@QuantumClock @SNYGiants the 31st ranked defense in 2011 and 32nd ranked rushing team in 2011. Eli passed for almost 5000 that year.We won the superbowl on passing that year. 

SNYGiants
SNYGiants

@QuantumClock @SNYGiants but then that strategy fell on its face this season...