Plain and simple: Tom Coughlin is not going anywhere.
Mara called the rumors about his coached that surfaced after the Eagles and Packers losses "ridiculous" and he apparently had a meeting earlier in the week with Coughlin to tell him he will be back next season.
“There was never any doubt he was going to be back next season,” Mara said. “There was never any doubt in my mind. There was never any doubt in Steve Tisch’s mind. There was never any doubt in the organization’s mind.
“I told him that last week. I said ‘Don’t listen to all the nonsense. You’re going to be back next season. We still believe in you and we want you as your coach.'”
Mara strongly believes that the only time you want change and you need to make one is when the players no longer respond to your head coach and he doesn't believe that is the case.
It's hard to make that statement after watching your team blow a 21-point fourth quarter lead against the Eagles and then get blown out by the Packers in a playoff-clinching scenario.
Mara also added: “The players play hard for him. He’s very organized. He’s everything you want as a coach, I’m obviously disappointed we didn’t make the playoffs. Everybody in this locker room is disappointed. But that doesn’t mean you blow the whole thing up.”
Seeing as how Coughlin will be back, he was asked whether or not he is going to fire any of his assistants. "Right now, I've have to say no," he replied.
Well, he may not have to.
Not only that, but with the loss of UConn's head coach Randy Edsall as he took the Maryland job, Kevin Gilbride has been rumored to be a candidate for that job. If you remember, Gilbride was also rumored in the past for the Boston College job.
If the Giants lose Fewell, whoever they hire will have some big shoes to fill. Despite the defense not playing well in a couple games (Packers, Colts, No. 2 Dallas), Fewell did a good job with only his first season as the team.
The Giants finished seventh in the league in total defense and first in takeaways with 39. I don't remember the last time the Giants were so good at forcing turnovers, so losing Fewell would not be an easy pill to swallow.
However, there are some good candidates out there that may not get head coaching positions.
John Fox is a name that has been thrown around. If you remember, Fox was the defensive coordinator on the Giants from 1997 to 2001. In 2000, the Giants had the No. 1 defense in the NFC and that led them all the way to the Super Bowl.
As far as Gilbride is concerned, I'm not sure many people would miss him; however, you never like change as a quarterback. Just think about Alex Smith, who had four different offensive coordinators his first four seasons and that stunted his growth.
That being said, imagine how awesome it would be to hire Josh McDaniels as the coordinator. He, if you can look past his two seasons with the Broncos, was the engineer of the fantastic Patriots offense in 2007 when they set the NFL record for points scored.
I think that speaks for itself, but he also developed Matt Cassell into a very good QB in 2008 and this is someone who never played a down in college. McDaniels would help Eli's career and move the offense in a great direction. Imagine his brilliance with a running game, something he never had when he was a coordinator.
The Giants had yet another season that was derailed by injuries on one side of the ball, but this year nobody will tolerate any excuses. They still had a chance to make the playoffs two straight weeks and failed miserably.
Assuming we have a 2011 season, new leaders on the team will have to emerge. Nobody really replaced Antonio Pierce and it showed in the biggest moments.