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Say It Ain't So, Coach

Tom Coughlin announced today that he is stepping down as head coach of the New York Giants.

That makes me very sad.

Coughlin has been coaching the G-Men for twelve seasons, the longest tenure since Steve Owens back in the jurassic age of professional football. He's compiled a winning record, and has led Big Blue to two Superbowls, winning them both. He helped shape Eli Manning into one of the best QBs in the NFL.

Yes, the Giants have missed the playoffs for four years. And this year was dreadful.

But I put most of the blame for that on the Giants front office, not Coughlin. The team had terrible luck with injuries this year -- I believe the Giants ended the season with more players on IR than any other team -- but even aside from that, the talent just wasn't there. Look at the Minnesota game. With Odell Beckham Junior suspended, it became blindingly obvious that the Giants had no other receivers who could actually catch Eli's passes. And the defense... oh, don't get me started on the defense. Worst in the NFL?!?

Coughlin's fault? No. Truth be told, no coach could have won with the roster he had this year. Not Evil Little Bill. Not Parcells. Not Don Shula, not Chuck Noll, not Tom Landry. Not even the sainted Vince Lombardi.

I wish Tom Coughlin well. He was a great coach and he had a great run, and he should leave with his head held high.

I have no idea who the G-Men can possibly bring in to replace him. He's going to be a hard act to follow.



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Jan. 4th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
Paying my Respect to Coughlin
But now he can come join the dark side hear in New England.
We take him! ;-)
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm calling it now: Chip Kelly will be the new coach of the NY Giants.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
No way.
(no subject) - supergee - Jan. 5th, 2016 01:37 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - rmwick - Jan. 5th, 2016 03:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
Chip Kelly
Would you be open to Chip Kelly as a replacement?
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Chip Kelly
No, no, no.
RE: Re: Chip Kelly - brianbrecker - Jan. 4th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Chip Kelly - rouandevilliers - Jan. 4th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Chip Kelly - OldAg2011 - Jan. 5th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
Giants next coach
Been seeing rumors of the Giants are interested in Chip Kelly. Knowing our luck in Philadelphia you guys will hire him and he will bring you guys two more Superbowls.
Bob Huss
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
Chip Kelly is going to be everyone's coach! Facebook is showing me a post positing that Kelly will be the 49ers new coach, and surely everyone's heard he'll be reunited with Mariota in Tennessee.
Casey Hadford
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think both sides agreed that Coughlin deserved more than to coach through a rebuild. I'm glad they chose to let him ride off into the sunset rather than call this a firing. If they can fix the defense, with the line and Cruz getting healthy, perhaps we will see them emerge yet again. Hopefully my Bears can do the same!
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
As a Pats fan...
I'll give Coughlin the highest praise I can, which is that I'm glad he's leaving. Those two little February events were not fun, at least on our side.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:11 pm (UTC)
Sean Payton's name has been floated for the Giants job. I personally hope this is the gig that lures Jon Gruden away from broadcasting, though.

(Not a Giants fan, but Chucky in New York seems like a very entertaining combo.)
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
Tom Coughlin has been strangely underrated, I think. He never seemed to come up in any conversations about top NFL coaches except maybe as a name thrown in toward the end of the discussion. One of the best is leaving and I foresee a rough 3-5 years for the G-men.

Also, I don't see Chip Kelly / Eli being a workable duo.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
Josh McDaniels
If the Giants can put aside their distaste for the Patriots, Josh McDaniels has potential to transform the Giants' offensive potential for the better. As it stands now, the Giants have all sorts of potential, but the O-game could become that much more dynamic with the multiple offensive schemes that McDaniels has put together for the Patriots.

Edited at 2016-01-04 10:21 pm (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Josh McDaniels
McDaniels was a terrible head coach for the Broncos.
RE: Re: Josh McDaniels - Patrick St.Croix - Jan. 5th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 4th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'd call it a good run.
Jess Dyba
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
Would love to see him go to Dallas.....but alas he probably has too much class for the likes of Jerry
Dustin Klavon
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
As I implied the other day on the Winds post (and despite this Sunday's unfortunate events), it's salving for a unique fan like you (i.e. a fan of both NY teams) that although the Coughlin era ends for NYG, the Bowles era may be just underway for NYJ. A lot of similarities in how those two operate. Jets can only be so lucky if Bowles is like Coughlin, but it's possible. In my opinion, Todd Bowles is a great coach and a great hire by the Jets.

But today, the focus is on Coughlin. I like the Pats a lot more than you do George (they're a distant second, though still second, to my moribund Lions), but I still respect how he led the Giants to two titles over NE juggernauts. I respect the way he went about his business. Good man and good coach. Congrats on the excellent career, tip of the cap.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
What's Mike Shanahan doing these days?
Jan. 4th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
Interviewing with Miami.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
Sharing the pain
With both your teams out and a respected coach lost, please don't take it out on the Starks, Targaryen's (real ones anyway) or Tyrion (if he wasn't already covered in a previous catagory).

FWIW, Cersei seems like the type who hates football, mostly because she wasn't born with the stones to play. So maybe she'd be a good target of your wrath?
Jan. 5th, 2016 09:06 am (UTC)
Re: Sharing the pain
What does gender have to do with liking football? I'm a fan of the team Nate Silver considers the best in the league with an ELO rating of 1,712. Go 'Hawks! Furthermore, your assumption seems to be that women aren't tough. You're wrong. For example, I took down a mugger with my bare hands when I was younger and would occasionally act as a bouncer at housing co-op parties. All 118 or less pounds of me then. You are similarly clueless in understanding the female characters in GOT. I would not like to be on the bad side of any of the women in the series, including Cersei who was not in a happy rainbows and sparkling unicorns mindset at the end of the last book. Winter is coming, and the snow will soak red.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
Mark my words: You will have a Coach Tomsula soon. That'll shore up your lousy defense.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:30 pm (UTC)
Teryl Austin?
How about the Lions DC Teryl Austin?
Isaac Adams
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:31 pm (UTC)
Number of players on IR
The Giants ended the season with 12 on IR, but that is nothing compared to the Baltimore Ravens, who ended the season with 17.

I agree that injuries ravaged the Giants this year, but your hated New England Patriots ended up with the 2nd seed in the AFC with 10 on IR, so there's more to it than injuries.
Patrick St.Croix
Jan. 7th, 2016 02:37 am (UTC)
RE: Number of players on IR
According to NFL wiki and sportstrac the Giants ended the season with total of 22 in it list, and the Patriots were right behind that with 20. However, that number is misleading for the Pats because Edelman, Gronk, Amandola, Hightower, and Jamie Collins all missed multiple weeks or are week to week with legit injuries. Of course I am bias because I am a Partiots fan, and for the most part the team "next man up" philosophy worked allowing them to remain competitive the second half of the season. Though I'm still optimistic if those core player can get healthy that the Pat compete this post-season.

Christopher Feeney
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
I think Mara will go with Sean McDermott-- defense-minded, highly-sought, and professional.
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
None of the Giants players liked Coughlin either at first, but that turned out well. Belichick wasn't universally liked at first and he's done well. Parcells was a dictator and didn't coddle his players and he did well. Everyone wants Harbaugh now and he wasn't a lovable teddy bear. I guess we're seeing a pattern here that great coaches are usually no nonsense guys who have a specific vision and aren't afraid to get rid of anyone who isn't on board with it. Chip Kelly is that type of guy to me and should not be discounted because he had one down year and because the front office turned on him because he didn't kiss their asses or because his social performance at the Christmas party was lacking.

Edited at 2016-01-04 10:47 pm (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
I heard that Eli was nearly in tears for his press conference this morning. I'm a Cowboys fan, and I hate the Giants, but this whole thing makes me inexplicably sad. Coughlin's been the coach of the Giants for as long as I've followed football, and it just seems wrong that he won't be roaming the sidelines next year, looking at the players sternly with his hands on his hips. I'll never forget the 2007 Super Bowl, which still remains far-and-away the best, most magical game I've ever watched. I was a Giants fan that day, and I have no regrets. We were all Giants fans that day.

You'll be missed, Tom Coughlin.

P.S. You should find a way to work him into your book like you did for Evil Little Bill. That'd be a cool tribute!
Joanna Maryniak
Jan. 4th, 2016 11:13 pm (UTC)
From the other side of the Pond
Not being:
- American
- male
- interested in sport
I don't understand anything from such texts but whenever I read such blog posts of yours, I wonder: what if there are fans of your books among the players/coaches/other people important for the game? Then they see it and start thinking: we shouldn't have made such a decision, it might upset GRRM and hinder his progress... Maybe we should choose such a coach or try such a setup of players...

Just two cents from a Polish fan :) I know I would think this if I happened to be a player :D
Jan. 4th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
Mike Shanahan is available
Shanahan is available. He's interviewing with the Dolphins. Who knows, maybe starting over with him would be good for both sides. Or maybe a disaster, one or the other.
Jan. 4th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
We just need to find out how to lure Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan and make Big Blue's defense dominant again.
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