The New York Giants are 0-6 and it seems as if things will get worse before they get better.
One of the things the Giants’ front office must start to think about is Tom Coughlin’s future with the team. Coughlin’s contract expires after next season, and there is concern that he may be a lame duck coach by next year. Coughlin is one of the most respected coaches in the league and has two Super Bowl wins with the Giants. If the Giants can avoid a two win season or worse, Coughlin should be the head coach next season.
The Giants hopefully can get at least four to five wins throughout the remainder of their schedule, and that’s to make a good argument for keeping Coughlin. There probably is enough worry in the front office about Coughlin losing his locker room. When seasons go like this it has to be hard for teams to stay motivated and interested in what is going on. That’s why teams have coaches; to not only teach them plays and how to play football, but to motivate and inspire their players.
The big question concerning Tom Coughlin is if he can still motivate his players and get them to play better. Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle have already made public comments of support for Coughlin. They also made comments condemning any player that does not follow Coughlin’s lead.
There has been speculation that Coughlin might retire after this season, whether the Giants salvage it or not. This has brought about speculation of whether the Giants will keep him as coach next season. The front office has said his job is safe, but in New York no sports job is safe.
If the worst case scenario came to be and the Giants went 0-16 for the season, Coughlin would probably retire and the Giants would have to find a new coach. Who is out there that can replace Coughlin as head coach?
The Giants would want a veteran, and they normally do not promote coordinators to head coach. Just look at all the quality head coaches who were coordinators and assistants for the Giants. Some of the head coaches the Giants missed out on include Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, and Bill Belichick; all were coordinators and assistants for the Giants before becoming head coaches.
Regardless of who takes his place, if Tom Coughlin leaves or is fired, the next coach has big shoes to fill.
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