TOM COUGHLIN DESERVES OPEN-ENDED CONTRACT WITH NEW YORK GIANTS
"Not long ago, news broke that the New York
Giants intended on working out a contract extension with head coach,
Tom Coughlin. Based on previous years' extensions, the upfront
idea was that Coughlin would receive another one-year extension. Now, however,
it seems as though the possibility of a longer extension is something that
John Mara and Jerry Reese would consider.
The Mara family has always valued loyalty and character, something Reese
represents in full. Further, it goes without saying the Coughlin has brought in
two Super Bowl Championships and managed teams that have faced some of the worst
adversity in Giants history. With injury-riddled teams and contract disputes
(many of which ended in veterans leaving the team), Coughlin remains stalwart in
his management of Big Blue.
And for that, Tom Coughlin deserves a long-term, open-ended contract with the
Giants that will last him until the end of his coaching career; a decision
he will make himself.
Coughlin is not perfect, nor is any coach in the history of the NFL. He has made
changes to his temperament in the way he handles his players, creating a
Leadership Council made up of trusted, veteran players on the team. He is open
to the feedback of the team, and yet, continues to coach as a "old-school,"
hard-nosed disciplinarian – certainly not an easy task.
There is also the issue of his unstable trend throughout the season. Often
the Giants start strong (several times going 6-2 in the first eight games), but
inevitably fall short later in the season. In fact, it was the success at the
very end of the season, starting on Christmas Eve against the New York
Jets, that the Giants clicked into gear and began their Super Bowl run.
The bottom line, though, is that Tom Coughlin is simply the right man for the
Giants. He knows the team inside and out, and has proven that he can take
even the most tested Giants teams to greatness. Coughlin is trusted by his
players, the management, and the fans. He is also the caliber of man and coach
that would admit if he was no longer fit for his role as head coach, the mark of
a truly devoted leader.
As such, he has earned the right to stay as the Commander-in-Chief of Big
Blue, and will likely go down as the greatest coach in Giants history."