Simply put, he isn’t the right guy for the job and never has been.
He has stuck around the team because a ball got stuck to David Tyree’s helmet in 2008 and they won the luckiest Super Bowl of all time.
Somehow, he gets his players to start hot (the Giants have never gone worse than 5-2 under him to start the season), but he can’t close the deal and the G-Men haven’t made the playoffs in two years.
It’s about to be a third after they were fully exposed by the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
If it weren’t for their old friend the Patriots (and more specifically Kyle Arrington’s disgusting display of coverage) bailing them out in Week 9, the Giants would be on a four-game losing streak and Coughlin would be a lot closer to finally being relieved of his duties.
The team isn’t even competitive anymore this season and has looked absolutely disgusting over their last three games.
No one is trying on special teams, they keep dropping balls, there is no semblance of a running game, the offensive line doesn’t know what is going on and they are often flagged for stupid penalties.
This is a reflection on Coughlin and his ability to prepare his players and a game plan. It’s also a clear indication that his players don’t care to play for him.
Look no further than the San Francisco 49ers, a team the Giants recently lost to, for an example of how a coach affects a team.
The Niners went 6-10 last year with Mike Singletary and are now 9-2 under Jim Harbaugh with mostly the same personnel. They believe in their new coach and he inspires them to play their best football.
Coughlin never even had the ability to fire this team up.
He needs to go if the Giants front office is serious about making the playoffs and Super Bowl because Tyree and his magical helmet aren’t walking through that door ever again.