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Last Week: Cool
After Week 10: Cool
Tom Coughlin's Giants lost a second straight game to fall to 6-4. The loss to the Bengals may not be as dire as some may think, as the Giants have a history of surviving regular-season slumps.
This should still be a dangerous group in the postseason. After all, the Giants are the defending Super Bowl champions.
With that said, back-to-back losses do speak to the reasons for Coughlin's relatively humble job status, which I know many of you might be wondering about.
How can Coughlin win two Super Bowls in the last five years and not be Cozy by now? Well, given his age (66) and questionable history with player relations, he will need another deep march into the playoffs for that status to be warranted.
If the losses begin to mount, not having the team's higher-profile players backing you up to the media or the front office can spell a quick departure.
Also, Coughlin is no spring chicken, and the recent trend seems to favor younger head coaches. Coughlin also has the added pressure of the New York media spotlight. When that glaring light is shining on a .556 winning percentage as the Giants head coach, that could be a cause for concern.
To put things in perspective, Andy Reid has won 60 percent of his games as the head coach of the Eagles, yet he is on the verge of being sent packing.