Fortunately for Tom Coughlin, the Giants have never typically been an organization that would fire a coach in the middle of a season. It's just something they have chosen not to do for some reason.
However, the lack of discipline with the players and the lack of accountability with the coaches is extremely alarming—so much so, in fact, that former Giants player and legend Michael Strahan has come out and made his opinions heard about the leadership.
Strahan questioned the team's best players for not stepping into the leadership roles when he and Antonio Pierce left the team, specifically Justin Tuck, stating that he needs to be less of a nice guy and hold his teammates accountable for their mistakes and become much more vocal.
“As much flak as I think I caught, and half of you [media] guys probably thought I was arrogant and hard to deal with and a jerk,” Strahan said, “You can laugh, I’m laughing now, too.”
He added, “But if that’s what I have to be or if that’s what I have to become at work to make myself successful or to grab other people and inspire them or to get out of my comfort level to make my team better, then that’s what you have to do.”
He is talking about Tuck's inability to come out of his humble and quiet shell and be the true leader of this team, something they obviously miss.
With all of the personal foul penalties that happened on Sunday against the Titans, it almost seems as if Coughlin has lost control of the team. If that really is the case, he needs to do something to drastically change the team's attitude, or this will be a long season.
This hasn't been a typical year for the once proud franchise. Guys are coming out to the media, other guys are almost trying to become headcases (OK, just one, Brandon Jacobs), and no one has stepped up to bring the team together as a unit.
Coughlin has to look to his new players, Antrel Rolle and Keith Bulluck, who were leaders on their previous teams but are reluctant to take on that role with a new team. It's time to forget about disrupting the chemistry because frankly there doesn't seem to be any.
I wouldn't expect Coughlin to get fired midseason, but only a playoff berth would save his job.