With the recent downward spiral of the New York Giants, there's a lot of talk about replacing head coach Tom Coughlin, with Bill Cowher being the most mentioned candidate.
My question is why?
Has Coughlin not earned the respect of Giants' fans?
As head coach of New York since 2004, Coughlin has led the Giants to the playoffs four times and has won 10-plus games in four out of eight complete seasons. He holds a .582 win percentage with the Giants and has coached them to three division titles.
If taking a mediocre team to the Super Bowl, beating the powerhouse New England Patriots and stripping them of their perfect season isn't enough, then what is?
Granted, the Giants have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, and are on track for another second-half collapse in 2011, but Coughlin shouldn't be held responsible.
The last I checked, the head coach has no control over who gets injured and who shoots themselves in the leg.
Personally, I think Coughlin does an outstanding job of keeping the egos of players like Brandon Jacobs, Antrel Rolle and Plaxico Burress (before the incident) in check.
Not that I ever like comparing New York to Philadelphia, but take a look at Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
Now in his 13th season at the helm of the Eagles, Reid has just one more division title than Coughlin has earned in eight complete seasons with the Giants, and he's never delivered a Super Bowl to the city of Philadelphia.
Take a look at Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. He and Coughlin have both coached their respective teams for the same amount of seasons.
Coughlin has a higher winning percentage, has more division titles and has a Super Bowl win, which Smith does not. Yet, I don't hear anyone calling for Smith's dismissal.
The fact of the matter is that Coughlin has been a class act in New York and has done more for the Giants than most have in the past.
Are we really about to end Coughlin's career in New York because a few of his players can't put up with his hard-nosed style?
Before we crucify the head coach, I think we need to take a hard look at the efforts of the players themselves and question their character and integrity, not Coughlin's.