Players want Tom back in 2014

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

For those who may not want Tom Coughlin back, read no further. He’s practically a cinch to be on the Giants’ sideline next September.

A two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach, Coughlin may have turned in one of the best efforts of his long career in 2013, guiding his team back from an 0-6 freefall to a 7-9 finish. Still a losing season, but at least they went out with dignity. They went out fighting. They were a true representation of their coach.

The Giants played hard for Coughlin for seventeen weeks. They fought even after they didn’t get the results they sought and then when they knew the postseason was out of reach. He never lost the locker room, as some suggested. His message did not fall on deaf ears, as some intimated.

His players, the ones who were not lost to injury, that is, went out and played for pride, themselves and yes, Tom Coughlin.

“We’re a never-quit and never-die locker room,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “No matter how tough times may get, tough times never last, tough people always do and this is an extremely tough football team.  No matter what kind of ups and downs we may face throughout the season.”

Still, the rumblings continue. Coughlin, who dodged questions about his future on Sunday, will speak to the media today. So will GM Jerry Reese. We will find out just what the plan is. Or maybe not. With the Giants change comes slowly, if at all.

QB Eli Manning is optimistic that the only head coach he’s known in his ten-year career will be back.

“I hope he’s back and he said he wants to be back and the Giants want him back,” said Eli Sunday. “You never know how these things work out, but I definitely hope that he’s the coach of the Giants next year.”

DE Justin Tuck has been here since 2005 and the Giants will likely bring him back in 2014. He has grown to know and love his head coach. Coughlin has helped him through some tough personal times and rough patches on the field as well. Tuck said he would be “shocked” if Coughlin were to be elsewhere next year:

“You tell me somebody that’s better prepared than he does and as far as players being in that locker room for nine years now, I haven’t seen him change not one bit as far as has he has this team prepared, how he prepares. I pride myself in being here pretty early on Wednesday through Friday and I never beat him here and I don’t think anybody is beating him here.

This guy… He prepares his butt off and I think the fire is still there. I think he still feels like he has a lot to prove in this league and I think he’s going to go into this offseason just like all of us, figuring out ways to have a better season next year and I think you’re not going to find anybody that’s going to prepare a team as well as he does. Obviously I’m biased, but I damn sure hope that he’s manning the sidelines next year.”




7 comments
hashburry
hashburry

Who cares what these players want?  Who wants these players back?  Fire Reese.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

MR.F--

TC was NEVER the Problem...

In his TRUE Military Fashion...

when given Lemons, TC made Lemonade...

when given Rotting potatoes, .....TC made Lemonade...

......never once did he complain....

NOT the Squeeky Wheel Type...

he would FIND AWAY....

OR he would MAKE,  a WAY.....

Sacrificing, Family Time,

Week after Week,

Month after Month,

Year after Year, 

To his JOB....

for his Inner CORE Being,

Requires RESPONSIBILITY to DUTY,

fore this is how,........ HE Judges Himself......

--------------------like the Loyalty of Hunting Dogs & Soldiers...

the MEANs don't always, Justify the ENDs...........


chasesimms
chasesimms

Does anyone read the Giants blog?  Can't help but noticed there are never more than one or comments. 


Joseph Bulger III
Joseph Bulger III

Coughlin should be back.  He should however continue to think about change, and how change is to be embraced as healthy and inevitable.  There's every reason to believe Coughlin does evaluate how and where to change, because he changed as a head coach and the team responded positively.  That's not a one time event, as change is continuous.  The only constant is change.  I sincerely hope he looks long and hard at his staff, top to bottom, and considers how it might change for the better, so that the team responds positively.  Gilbride will be back, even though his performance as determined by the results of his offense's performance was very poor.  Fewell will be back, and he should because he, like Coughlin, changed with feedback from his players, and the defense responded positively.  Sean Ryan is a good WR coach, but as determined by the results of his QBs' performance after 2 years, he ought to go back to being the WR coach.  But what to do with Gilbride's son, the current WR coach?  Again, his performance as determined by the results of his WRs' performance has been very poor.  Victor Cruz admitted the receivers have a disconnect with Eli, and Hakeem Nicks in a contract year never found the end zone.  Nepotism must not trump performance, so Gilbride Jr. ought to be moved to quality control coach.  As for QB coach, the WR coach promotion worked once, but it didn't work again. So establish a benchmark -- against which all candidate QB coaches are judged.  Tim Clements, the tutor of Aaron Rogers, and who worked with Bret Favre to reduce his 29 INTs to 18 the following season, and who was QB coach for the Steelers and Saints, and who himself was a 2 time Grey Cup football champion QB and All-American QB out of Notre Dame.  Tim knows what it is to be a QB coach, and Sean Ryan by that standard does not measure up, not by a mile. Eli has regressed, and he needs a Tim Clements clone to reestablish his greatness.  If Coughlin won't consider that change, and instead continues with the 2 year experiment that is Sean Ryan, former WR coach without significant QB coaching credentials, then Coughlin should hope for the best but expect the worst out of Eli in 2014.  

billysuede
billysuede

@hashburry you mean the guys who take the field? their opinion matters especially those of the captains. deal with it. 

SNYGiants
SNYGiants

@chasesimms We do have significant traffic, but few readers/visitors bother to comment. No clue on why....Perhaps our posts are too vanilla, too accurate and leave no dangling parts for readers to latch onto...

hashburry
hashburry

@SNYGiants @chasesimms I comment occasionally, but football fans aren't as day to day as say baseball fans.  I go to the Mets blog which is obviously the most commented on, but if you really look, it is only a handful of people posting over and over.  Met and Jet fans are so frustrated that they need to vent their frustration on the blogs.  I think part of it is Giant fans are more rational regarding their team.  The few posts here are generally constructive.  Met fans that post delusionally think what they think or type matters.