Tom Coughlin and the New York Football Giants' Playoff Hopes
After another agonizing loss to an NFC team, the New York Giants are looking pretty shameful. The game against the Eagles was probably the worst loss for a team in years, and this game against the Packers was their chance to redeem themselves and clinch a playoff berth with the NFC Wild Card.
Instead, they went into Lambeau, played one half of somewhat decent football, and then basically just shut down. They dug their own grave, and then handed the shovel to Green Bay on a silver platter and let them dig them even farther, just for good measure.
Two straight weeks of heartbreaking losses, and the Giants still have a playoff shot, and it doesn't involve them winning and six teams losing. Instead, they can punch a ticket if they beat the Washington Redskins, and the Chicago Bears beat Green Bay.
As bad as those two games were, I still think the G-Men can pull this off. The Redskins QB situation is in shambles with McNabb wanting out, and Rex Grossman starting. As great as the Packers looked against the Giants, the Bears defense looked mean against the New York Jets. I like their chances.
Aside from the playoff picture getting a lot worse for the Giants these past two weeks, something else has got much darker—Tom Coughlin's future. Last week, I called anyone who said Coughlin should be fired crazy, but now it is seeming much more likely. I still don't think he should be fired, but unless the Giants can make the playoffs, he is most likely gone.
To me, it's hard to blame a coach when your QB just throws up picks for fun, or your running backs cover their gloves in Vaseline, but there always needs to be a scapegoat, and you know it's always the coach.
Let's just hope the Giants win and put an end to this fire Coughlin, hire Cowher talk.
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