As the 2007 season got underway, the seat under Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was as hot as any in the NFL. Now, as the cold of winter sets in, that seat not only is no longer hot, it’s now a seat that may actually be in New York for the foreseeable future. Today’s New York Daily News is reporting that Coughlin, who has led the Giants to three straight playoff appearances, will not only not be let go at the end of the season as many early on thought he would, but he may actually get a long-term contract.
Only three other coaches have led their teams to the playoffs the last three seasons, Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy and Mike Holmgren, meaning that Coughlin has earned the right in the biggest media market in the country to stay on board. Sure Coughlin has been unable to get the Giants out of the first round, but again, you need to get there first, and for a New York team that has had its share of issues off the field, just getting there has been something to be proud of.
Coughlin deserves to be kept around for at least another 2-3 seasons. The Giants coach has done a good job dealing with the lack of superstar play from QB Eli Manning, who by no means is his brother, the drama last year with mouthy Tiki Barber and his ridiculous farewell tour, Michael Strahan’s game of pretending to want to retire before the season, and making sure despite being hurt all season that WR Plaxico Burress would be there on Sunday’s.
It’s not the easiest thing in the world to coach in New York. Many have fallen victim. For as bad as things at points have gone for the Giants and Coughlin, he’s done a good enough job to earn his keep and be awarded with a new deal.