The New York Giants are struggling through a miserable season and reached a new low point in the year on Sunday with a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at home. After starting the season with six straight losses, the Giants managed to climb back into the race for the mediocre NFC East division title by week 11. Now, the Giants have lost three of their last four games. One has to wonder if Tom Coughlin will return for the 2014 season.
A story broke Sunday morning that legendary Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor suggested that Coughlin should be fired after this season. Taylor told the New York Post that it’s time for Coughlin to go.
“Tom Coughlin has done wonders for the Giants. Personally, I don’t know if I could play for him, but the guy is a winner, he is a fighter. But I think it is time for him to take his talents on the road. He’s done all he can do for the Giants. If he wants to coach, I think he needs to take his philosophies to another team. After a while, the players just stop listening. I respect the man, but it’s time. As much as I like Coughlin and the job he has done, it’s time for a shakeup,” Taylor told the Post during a golf tournament.
During his post-game presser, Coughlin actually called out some of his players, saying that he felt sorry for the Giants players that didn’t prepare for the Seattle game. The coach sounded emotionally drained in his comments.
Coughlin did take the Giants to the Super Bowl in 2011, and has raised the Lombardi Trophy twice with New York. But, the reality is that he has made the playoffs just once in the last five years and now has secured his first losing season since 2004. Perhaps the Giants should take a cue from the Philadelphia Eagles and decide the team needs to move in another direction.
Coughlin is entering the final year of his coaching contract. He will turn 68 at the start of the 2014 season and the Giants need a massive overhaul. The 2013 version of the Giants do nothing exceptionally well. They have struggled all season to run the ball, the offensive line is a mess and Eli Manning leads the NFL with 25 interceptions. The Giants are the only team to be shut out twice this season. On defense, they’ve allowed 30 or more points six times this season.
New York generally extends contracts and rarely allow coaches to become lame ducks. The front office is going to have make a tough decision after this debacle of a season comes to an end.
Tom Coughlin is a great head coach, but perhaps it’s time to make a change in New York. It’s doubtful that he’ll be fired, the front office will allow him to step down before firing him. This is not a Giants team that is just one or two players away from returning to the playoffs. It remains to be seen how much longer Coughlin wants to patrol the sidelines for the Giants and undertake such a massive rebuilding project.