Head Coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants has ridden the coat tails of an improbable 2007 Super Bowl run for the past two seasons, being given the benefit of the doubt despite having poor finishes in both 2008 and 2009.
Questions are starting to resurface as to whether or not he truly has the capability to get the most out of this team, seeing as how he failed miserably once defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo left for greener pastures.
I've begun to wonder myself if his personality change from a dictator to a player's coach had anything to do with the team getting a ring, or was it simply because Spags was just that good.
After a poor 8-8 2009 campaign and yet another terrible end to the season (that makes five out of his six years the Giants have been awful in the second half), these questions aren't surprising, just disappointing.
Now that Antonio Pierce has lit the fire under Coughlin's seat, fans and the organization alike will begin evaluating the job he has done these past six seasons and figure out that this may be his final shot to prove himself.
Last year was unfortunate, as the team started out great but faltered due to disastrous injuries and lack of leadership (Pierce's neck injury).
However, if he produces another non-winning season and misses the playoffs for consecutive years, the fact that Bill Cowher has expressed interest in the job may be Coughlin's un-doing.
Who knows if the rumors of Cowher's interest are true or not. But I can guarantee you the Giants front office isn't taking those rumors lightly. If they feel that Coughlin has lost his touch and give him the boot, Cowher will be on speed dial.
If any of you are reading this and scratching your head, I understand, because since the hiring of Perry Fewell as the defensive coordinator, I've been nothing but optimistic and still have that feeling.
However, this has to be on the minds of fans entering this season, especially considering most of them wanted Coughlin's head before the team saved his career with the playoff run (Not me).
I still believe this Giants team is built for success, and as long as they stay healthy they should make the playoffs, but life is not blessed with guarantees.