John Fennelly, Lead WriterIan Rapoport of NFL Network told host Rich Eisen and veteran NFL columnist Michael Silver at halftime that the Giants are leaving Tom Coughlin’s fate in his own hands…
“According to a high-ranking source, Tom Coughlin will have the opportunity to decide his own fate at the end of the season, and sources close to Tom Coughlin tell me he does plan on coming back for the 2014 season. And the reason why they’re giving him this opportunity is, one – the organization respects him tremendously – and, by the way, he won two Super Bowls. The Giants are clearly searching now, they do not think Coughlin’s the problem…”
“That’s big news and it’s good news because I can’t think of that many people in football more respected than Tom Coughlin,” added Silver. “At 4-12, of course Tom Coughlin gets the right to come back. Sometimes the stench of a 2-14, a 1-15 is so bad that all bets are off. We’ll see.”
Coughlin is under contract until after the 2014 season. The Giants will not let Tom coach as a lame duck next season. He’ll either get extended or retire.