After two disappointing seasons having missed the playoffs, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has a lot to prove in 2011.
Owner John Mara announced prior to the team's season finale that Coughlin would remain the head coach, putting to rest rumors that Coughlin would be replaced.
Before 2009 the Giants were picked to finish last in the division by several media members and shocked people with a 5-0 start. The season ended with a plethora of injuries to the defensive side of the ball and an 8-8 finish.
In 2010 the Giants received a bit more love but were still not expected to compete with the Cowboys for the division. They started the season 6-2 but finished 10-6 and collapsed in consecutive games against the Eagles and Packers, causing them to miss the playoffs for a second straight year.
They again suffered many injuries, this time to the offensive side of the ball, that derailed their season.
This off season Coughlin acknowledged what everyone says about him—that the second half of a season is always a problem—and said he cannot explain those issues, but his coaches are working on fixing the problem.
He certainly has a lot of time to do so with the lockout preventing him working with players.
So what does Coughlin have to do to deem 2011 a success? The following three steps are quite simple and will likely have to be followed by Coughlin or he could be shown the door.