One of the hotter topics in New York next week will be the future of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. Will the organization keep the two-time Super Bowl winner on the sideline for 2016 or will it decide it is time to move on? Will Coughlin make that decision for ownership, or will they try to push him into retirement?
And if Coughlin does not want to go or leave the game, will the situation get a bit testy?
Coughlin’s future with the team has been in question for a number of years since winning his last Super Bowl title in 2011.
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According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, if Coughlin were to retire, it would solve a great mystery about the future of this team and would take the heat off management in the process.
“If at all possible, the Giants would like to send their future Ring of Honor coach out with the respect and ceremony that his contributions to the franchise's history deserve,” Graziano said. “But endings like these aren't always easy or neat, and it's possible things could be messy next week when this decision officially gets made.”
Coughlin got his first head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars when the upstart expansion team began to play in 1995. He took the team to two AFC Title games in five seasons. With the Giants, he has ridden a roller coaster that has seen his team blow opportunities this season and has been eliminated from the playoffs yet again.
He has openly told the media he does not want his coaching status and his future with the team to be a distraction for his players or coaching staff.
Graziano also wrote that the past few weeks have been difficult for Coughlin and the team, that he “Looks like a man who's realizing none of his tricks work anymore. He's still coaching the way he always has -- high-energy, intense focus on task at hand and simple, direct messaging to the players.”
The Giants lost 49-17 this past week to the Minnesota Vikings, leaving the team with a 6-9 record. New York plays Philadelphia at home on Sunday.