There was already a great deal of speculation during the 2007 season that head coach Tom Couglin's job was on the line. But after one of the most miraculous runs in NFL history, where the Giants upset the Brett Favre led Packers and, most notably, the 18-0 New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl, Coughlin was granted amnesty in the form of retaining his job.
But since then, what has Coughlin done? Not much.
In 2008, he had the best team in the NFL, only to lose in the very first round to the Philadelphia Eagles despite being heavily favored.
In 2009, his team charged out of the gates looking like a clear Super Bowl contender, only to fail down the stretch and miss the postseason at 8-8.
And it only gets worse. In 2010, despite the resurgence of Michael Vick, Coughlin had a clear shot at taking his team to the playoffs, and the road looked clear, with the Eagles down 31-10 in the fourth quarter at home. All his team needed to do was finish off Philadelphia, move on to a weak Redskins team and finish 11-5 and with a playoff spot.
But every Giants fan (and Eagles fan) knows what went wrong on that day.
And now, despite being in the driver's seat of the NFC East, Coughlin's team is 6-5, has lost three straight and faces a tough schedule ahead of him. Another late-season collapse would be oh so predictable.
Coughlin has failed to instill any consistency with his team over the years. While he did win a championship for the Giants, he has clearly not done much since then, especially when we consider the amount of talent he has on his teams. Unless he can somehow get the Giants to the postseason, it would appear that his tenure in New York is over.