A Giant Freefall: Is Tom Coughlin Done in New York?

Eddie BeckerCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2010

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 26: Tom Coughlin, head coach of the New York Giants celebrates his team's game winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 26, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Giants won 21-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Just a few months ago, the New York Giants were boasting a 5-0 record and sitting atop first place in the NFC East. 

It's amazing how quickly a season can go miserably down the toilet.

The Giants finished up their season Sunday with a half-hearted butt-kicking at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings, 44-7. 

Today's game, of course, was just a formality: The Vikings were already in the playoffs with a bye, while the Giants were eliminated the week before in a pathetic loss to the 8-8 Carolina Panthers.

Despite starting 5-0, the wins were not all impressive, save a 33-31 defeat of the Cowboys in Dallas. They then went on to lose eight of their next 11 games, giving up 40-plus points in five of those eight losses.

The Giants rank 28th in the league in points allowed.

Not good, considering the Giants have been known as a defensive juggernaut in recent seasons.

In 2008, they were fifth in the league in points allowed and in total defense. The year before that, they ranked seventh in total defense en route to a stunning upset of the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. 

Coughlin was rumored to be leaving a few seasons ago, actually early in the year they won the Super Bowl due to rocky relationships with players. That Super Bowl title may have actually saved his job.

So now, with a season that ended in such ugly fashion, you have to wonder if he still holds high enough favor with the front office to remain?

Last week, the Giants still had a shot at the postseason in a game against the Panthers at home. To say they didn't even show up would almost be a compliment. 

Somehow, the Panthers who had absolutely nothing to play for, completely annihilated the Giants 41-9, forcing four turnovers and out-rushing the Giants by nearly 200 yards.

This week could be interesting to see what moves if any the Giants front office makes. But we all know once you've tasted Super Bowl success, deviating too far from that glory can get you canned. 

Stay tuned!