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Tom Coughlin’s Job Hinges on New York Giants’ Late-Season Resurgence: A Fan’s View
According to a New York Daily News report, the New York Giants' track record under Tom Coughlin has become a troubling trend and his job may hinge on his team's ability to make the playoffs this year.
The New York Giants' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots in 2008 seems like a lifetime ago.
Since then, the Giants finished with a first-round playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles followed by two seasons of second-half collapses.
After falling 49-24 to the New Orleans Saints Nov. 28 for the Giants' third straight loss, and with a miserable schedule ahead, a third consecutive meltdown seems like a very real possibility.
Drew Brees(notes) and the New Orleans Saints effortlessly picked apart the Giants' defense, sending New York into a short week to prepare for Aaron Rodgers(notes) and the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Brees went 24-for-38 for 363 yards and torched the Giants for four touchdowns. Eli Manning(notes), who is having perhaps his best season, went 33-for-47 for 406 yards.
While the New York Giants' woes clearly aren't all Tom Coughlin's fault, he probably needs his team to make the playoffs this season to save his job.
Coughlin hasn't been helped by the Giants' injury situation, but setbacks are going to happen in the NFL and you can't make excuses for them. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora(notes) left the game against the Saints in the first half with an apparent ankle injury, and he didn't return. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks(notes) was crushed by Isa Addul-Quddus in the third quarter and left the game with a rib contusion. The Giants were already without Mario Manningham(notes), who has an injured knee. Domenik Hixon(notes) also went down for the season with a torn ACL.
With all the injuries and such a tough schedule ahead, it will be tough for the Giants to make the playoffs to save Coughlin's job. It doesn't get much easier after their matchup with the Packers, as the Giants hit the road to take on the Cowboys in Dallas, and then face the upstart New York Jets on Dec. 24, followed by another tilt against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 1.
The combined records of the Giants' upcoming opponents is 24-9.
Coughlin is undoubtedly a great coach and amongst the elite in the league, but sometimes a fresh voice is needed if the message isn't getting through like it once was.
While the NFL didn't do him any favors by stacking the Giants up against several tough opponents in the final weeks of the season, you have to beat the best to be the best and you don't deserve a spot in the playoffs if you can't get past the top teams in your own division.
Eric Holden is a Tom Coughlin fan because he is a proven winner, as he led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl win over New England in February of 2008. I appreciate his fiery approach and classy manner on the field. Follow the author on Twitter @ericholden.
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