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Jerry Reese and John Mara will have some tough decisions to make.
As of Sunday, the main focus shifts to next season.
The players and coaches still have three games to attempt to win this season, but consider them final auditions for those who wish to extend their careers with the Giants beyond 2013. Young players should get additional reps, and all impending free agents will be looking to leave a solid last impression.
The Giants' front office—namely general manager Jerry Reese, who put everyone on notice before the season—has moves to make. A single playoff-less season is below Reese's standards, let alone four in the past five years. Changes are imminent, and not everyone will survive the cut.
Players like Tuck and Hakeem Nicks, athletes once deemed indispensable to the championship unit, are currently under the microscope. If they fall into New York's future plans, they'll be in blue again next season. If not, they'll certainly be suiting up with one of the NFL's 31 other teams in 2014.
The Giants have a mess on their hands—one that isn't easily cleaned up either.
For New York to bounce back next year, the difficult cuts must be made, the right free agents must be signed and the right prospects must be drafted. Winners of five and out of the playoff hunt with three contests left on the slate, the Giants are playing their least competitive ball since the end of the Jim Fassel era.
Back then, a total rebuild was clearly needed; now, the situation isn't so different.
The Giants are arguably in better shape now, a decade later, as their franchise quarterback isn't going anywhere soon and their head coach is still arguably of Hall of Fame-caliber. Still, if Manning and Coughlin aren't on the block, someone else must be.
My guess is Coughlin's coaching staff goes through a major shakeup.
Approaching 70 years old, can the master motivator put it all together with a fresh crop of faces?
That may be the final test of a great NFL coaching career.