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Atlanta Dan
01-10-2007, 12:05 PM
Tom Coughlin will return to coach the New York Giants after the team decided Wednesday that two straight playoff appearances outweighed a sub-par 2006 season and a second consecutive exit in the first round of the postseason, according to a team official.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was to make a formal announcement during a noon conference call.

It was not immediately known whether Coughlin was given a contract extension or he will be work the final year of a deal that he signed in January 2004. He was to be paid $3 million under terms of that contract.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/shared-gen/ap/General_Football_News/FBN_Giants_Coach.html

So the Washington, Dallas, and Giants HC jobs may all open up for 2008? IMHO retaining Coughlin is motivated by both the limited number of top shelf candidates for openings this year after the HC vacancies in recent years and Cowher being up for sale for 2008.

A bidding war for Cowher between three rich NFC East teams (who do not want to explain to their fan base why he was hired elsewhere within the division) could get Cowher $10 million per.

Big D
01-10-2007, 01:38 PM
pathetic. You almost have to feel sorry for giant fans. It will be another soap opera next year in ny.

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
01-10-2007, 03:49 PM
Yep and this article follow the "coughlin get's another year" article. Looks like the Giants are holding out hopes for Cowher in 2008 and are just buying their time. Cowher and Plex together again....

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16564277/

Steve Silverman
Newsflash: Tom Coughlin will coach the Giants in 2007.

True meaning: Bill Cowher will be the coach in 2008.

Let?s review Coughlin?s 2006 season. After a 1-2 start, he had the Giants at 6-2 at the halfway point.

A primetime matchup with the 7-1 Bears loomed, with the winner earning the inside track for NFC?s No. 1 seed. The Giants built a 13-3 late in the first half and were pushing the Bears all over the field. Then came a third-and-22 play for Chicago from their own 28. Instead of letting shaky quarterback Rex Grossman throw for a first down, Chicago coach Lovie Smith decided to limit the damage by giving the ball to running back Thomas Jones.

But this was no give-up play. Jones ripped off a 26-yard run, giving the Bears an improbable first down. Three plays later, Grossman threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradley and the Bears were back in the game with 35 seconds left in the half.

The Giants never recovered. The Bears turned the game into a rout that left Coughlin frustrated and disgusted. Fans at Giants Stadium booed the team off the field.

New York won only two more games, but one of them was a 34-28 win at Washington in the regular-season finale. That was enough to get the Giants into the postseason despite an 8-8 record.

Surely Coughlin was on his way out. A wild-card loss to Philadelphia seemed to finalize it. Coughlin?s supposedly disciplined team picked up a boatload of penalties at inopportune times throughout the season and quarterback Eli Manning made little progress in his first three years.

So why did the Giants ownership decide to keep Coughlin after disappointing finish with all that talent? Coughlin has long been a disciplinarian who could care less if his players liked him or not. He demanded respect, but it was clear that the Giant players held him in contempt. The proof of that? Locker room criticisms from Plaxico Burress, Jeremy Shockey and Tiki Barber.

The Giants hired Coughlin partly because of his ability to build a productive offense. However, the Giants finished the season ranked 23rd in yards per pass and 14th in total offense. Injuries were a part of the problems ? most notably to receiver Amani Toomer and offensive tackle Luke Petitgout ? but nearly every coach in the NFL can use that as an excuse.

All of that means Giants ownership wants Coughlin to keep the seat warm for Cowher. They made it look good by giving him a one-year extension, but do you think paying Coughlin for one extra season would be an impediment to owner John Mara if he could get Cowher to come to New York?

Of course not.

Cowher and Coughlin couldn?t be more different as leaders. Cowher lets his players know where they stand and what he expects from them. Those expectations don?t change and he communicates clearly.

Does he criticize them behind closed doors? Of course. But will he embarrass them in public the way Coughlin has? No.

Despite being a tough guy on Sundays, Cowher is much more relaxed during the week. He has a sense of humor and his players played hard for him on an every week for 15 years. He decided not to come back for the 2007 season, but he is not about to call it a career at the age of 49.

Cowher will take a year off to stay at home in North Carolina with his wife Kaye. He?ll see how the other half lives and then he will come back to coaching and get his payday. Look for the Giants to go after Cowher hard. No coach brings more passion to his job and gets the consistent effort from his players that Cowher does.

He makes his share of mistakes and he is a tough taskmaster when it comes to his assistant coaches. But he puts a great product on the field and he?s got a personality that New Yorkers will love.

The only thing that could save Coughlin is an appearance in Super Bowl XLII. That?s not about to happen with a shaky Manning at the controls and Barber retired and off to his much-desired TV career.

The clock is ticking and it will be Cowher?s hour in about a year.

clevestinks
01-10-2007, 03:54 PM
His players hate him, i tyhionk he was trying to get fired??????? What????

HometownGal
01-10-2007, 04:22 PM
Coughlin has long been a disciplinarian who could care less if his players liked him or not.

Coughlin has also long been a whining crybaby on the sidelines, going back to his days with the Jags. Holy moly - when I see him blubbering on the sidelines, it almost brings me to tears. When he isn't crying, he always has that nar-nar "DUH - which way did he go, which way did he go" look. Why the Giants are giving this boob another shot is beyond me.

tony hipchest
01-10-2007, 05:13 PM
alot of players were interviewed in the locker room after their playoff loss and the majority of them wanted him back. if they had said otherwise alot of consideration wouldve been given to replacing him. -sportscenter

Big D
01-10-2007, 05:18 PM
Also with keeping coughlin i think it will really hurt Elis progression as a qb. I think by the time tommy is gone eli wont have anything left.

In Cowher We Trust
01-10-2007, 05:28 PM
coughlin sucks!!!!!!!!!!!

Newzfoxjr
01-10-2007, 05:36 PM
Wow. Get ready for a losing season, Giants fans.

Atlanta Dan
01-10-2007, 05:40 PM
alot of players were interviewed in the locker room after their playoff loss and the majority of them wanted him back. if they had said otherwise alot of consideration wouldve been given to replacing him. -sportscenter

Well that was for public consumption (were they going to say yeah he should be fired?), but the Giants sideline did not look distraught at the end of Sunday's game. Coughlin has lost that team and Plax, Shockey & Strahan willl continue to be the inmates running that asylum until Cowher or some other new sheriff in town arrives to clean up the mess in 2008.

SteelCityMan786
01-10-2007, 06:50 PM
Coughlin Sucks. The Giants just forfeited their playoff chance for next year).

Stillers43
01-15-2007, 05:47 PM
He won't make it past 8 games next year before he gets fired!