New York Giants: Why Tom Coughlin Is Still Right Man to Lead G-Men
Tom Coughlin has accomplished a lot during his tenure with the Giants, but if the G-Men don't make the playoffs this season, Coughlin might become the scapegoat for the team's inabilities and inconsistencies.
Whatever happens for the rest of this season Coughlin deserves to remain the team's head coach for the 2012-2013 season. It is evident to many Giants fans that he truly has earned the right over these past eight years.
He's Won a Super Bowl
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The 2007-2008 season for the New York Giants had its ups and downs. Despite some of the struggles they head early in the season they were able to right their wrongs and head into the playoffs as a wild-card team.
The Giants were then able to execute an unprecedented playoff run that included four straight playoff victories on the road which included a victory in Super Bowl XLII against the then undefeated New England Patriots.
Tom Coughlin led the Giants to the first Super Bowl title in 17 years while having to overcome many obstacles along the way. He's been in the big game before, and he offers more experience than many other coaches in the NFL.
His Passion for the Team
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There are not many other coaches who are as passionate as Tom Coughlin.
Every Sunday you can see him screaming at refs for a blown call or a ridiculous penalty.
Coughlins bleeds Giants blue. He is as passionate about his Giants as New Yorkers are. For almost eight years he has been doing this and Giants fans love it.
There aren't many other coaches that are willing to put themselves (and their blood pressure) on the line for his team, and that's something that New Yorkers and the players appreciate.
His No-Nonsense Attitude
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As previously mentioned Coughlin loves this team, and for that reason, he is going to put them in the best position to win.
One of the most important qualities of a winning team is discipline, and Coughlin tries to instill this quality in every one of his players whether it's practice or team meetings.
He wants no excuses and no complaining about it. He knows that better discipline off the field will equate to improved discipline on it.
The players have come to accept his policies because they are aware that he is putting the team in the best position to compete and win.
The Injury Bug
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It is almost unheard of how many injuries that the Giants suffered this year.
Week after Week the G-Men continue to have more bad luck. Throughout the year they have placed 13 players on injured reserve and center David Baas might be the 14th.
This list discounts the numerous injuries that the G-Men have faced at various positions during the season. At least one player at almost every position has gotten injured st one point and has caused them to miss games.
It is impressive that Tom Coughlin has been able to keep composure despite many of his players dropping like flies.
Despite this, Tom Coughlin still has his team to make a playoff push in late December.
Coughlin Should Be the Last Person to Blame
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Unfortunately with head coaches, they are the first to go if a team doesn't perform well or doesn't make the playoffs.
Although many coaches deserve to be fired this will not be the case if Coughlin gets cut loose after this season.
There are others to blame for the Giants' struggles this year.
General Manager Jerry Reese ultimately did not prepare the team adequately enough to compete at a high level. As a GM their job is to prepare a full 53-man roster in case of injuries, and it is evident that Reese did not do that.
There are holes in the linebacker position, offensive line and the secondary that he didn't full address and other offenses are taking advantage.
Offensive Coordinator Kevin "Killdrive" has built the reputation for his questionable and in some cases dreadful play calling. There is no better case than in the Giants Week 10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
With a chance to tie the game in the last minute of regulation Kevin Gilbride called three plays that were ineffective and the Giants ended up turning it over on downs in the San Fran red zone. This is just one instance, but this has been a reoccurring problem all year.
Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell has had some weeks where he has come up with a strong defensive game plan, but there has been many times where his defense has come out flat. Fewell has obviously had to deal with the same injuries as everyone else, but there are times that the D looks weak and unprepared. This has happened on more than one occasion.
If there are people to blame, it should be these three, and it would be unjust for only Coughlin to get the boot.