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.