New York Giants
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.
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.”
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.
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.
As was the case against other clubs that use an explosive offense to limit the vulnerability of a porous defense, the Giants hope they can tilt the field on special teams.
Watching rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. running past and around opponents is fueling Victor Cruz’s comeback from knee surgery.
Game-breaking wide receiver Odell Beckham and five other New York Giants were fined a total of $72,400 for their actions in Sunday’s melee-marred game in St. Louis.
The defensive tackle isn’t happy about it, considering the brawl that went down in the first half of Sunday’s win in St. Louis.
Capt. Mark Iocco said the NFL player gave a pep talk that “hit home, big time” after the ambush killing of two officers in Brooklyn.
Outstanding Giants rookie Odell Beckham Jr. could still make it to the Pro Bowl as a first alternate. But for now, stick him in the “snub” category.
“I’m hoping that we can come to an agreement where I can retire a Giant, and more importantly, try to help this team win another Super Bowl before my tenure’s up.”