Coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese are getting one more chance to turn around the New York Giants — or else.
Co-owner John Mara confirmed that the two-time Super Bowl champion will return during a news conference on Tuesday, though he did say that he might not extend the 68-year-old’s contract.
Keeping Coughlin was more a move of nostalgia than necessity, more about patience than prudence.
For a team that wasn’t in the playoff hunt for most of the season and has missed the postseason the past three years, the New York Giants are heading into the offseason with a lot of optimism.
The Giants finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Coughlin, who won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the G-Men, has been the Giants’ coach since 2004.
The Giants’ enigmatic season ended at 6-10, with an excellent illustration of what they need moving forward.
The New York Giants (6-10) hoped to end their season on a winning note, as much as the Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) wanted to end a three-game losing streak. The Birds got a blocked punt for a touchdown and withstood an Odell Beckham onslaught to beat Big Blue 34-26 at MetLife Stadium.
Tom Coughlin would not address his employment status after Sunday’s season finale: “I’m going to go about my business, just as I always do, until I’m told otherwise.”
The division showdowns were won by the Packers, Panthers and Steelers. On to the playoffs. Also qualifying for the Super Bowl chase were the Ravens, who got the final AFC wild card.
Replacing defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and special teams coach Tom Quinn might be a good start, or end for that matter.
Beating the New York Giants was cause for major celebration for the Philadelphia Eagles the first time the teams met this season. Doing so again in the finale won’t create close to the same level of enjoyment.
When the New York Giants (6-9) and Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) met the first time this season, they were two teams going in opposite directions. They still are, but the roles have been reversed. The Giants are looking to end their campaign on a four-game winning streak, while the Eagles are limping to the finish line, hoping to snap a three-game losing streak.
When we look back at 2014, these are some of the games — not to mention stock-car races, tennis finals and golf rounds — we’ll remember the most.
They have offered hope for 2015, either as starters or quality depth pieces. That’s a lot more than the Giants had coming out of training camp.
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