While the season didn’t go the way the New York Giants thought or would have liked it to go, there is no denying that in the right situation Tom Couglin can be an effective head coach. That is why with some surprise today that accoring to ESPN Raiders owner Al Davis is talking to some league insiders about Coughlin should he be fired by New York.
Why would Davis want a coach with any backbone? Shouldn’t he go out and get someone he can bully around, and then after his group of overrated silver and black go 6-10 fire him and find another twit? Coughlin could be the one coach out there (along with Bill Cowher, but he won’t be coaching anywhere in 2007) that could get the Raiders finally headed in the right direction.
Sorry to say though according to the Neward Star-Ledger it looks as if Coughlin is going to get one more shot at taking the Giants to the promise land. The only thing that could be wrong with that is that there is going to be some big time pressure on Coughlin to get his Giants off to a good start in 2007, and with Tiki Barber gone and the team in somewhat of transition, that is unlikely to happen.
So it being what it is, look for the Raiders and Davis to do what they always do, wait too long to find a coach, and when they do, find someone that Davis can intimidate and yell at and at some point within 1-2 years with the Raiders still in the AFC West basement – fire. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting the team may be interested in former North Carolina State and NFL offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. That’s more Davis’ style. A coach with no track record as a head caoch, and a guy young enough that Davis can scare.
Al, do us a favor, stay away from quality coaches that have a chance to succeed in this league. You’d only mess them up anyway.