NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I thought we could take a look at the current Giants coaches and a peek back at some of the legends in Giants coaching. Let me start off by saying that I am not one who buys into the whole “Coughlin is on the hot seat” or any of that crap. Tom Coughlin is one heck of a coach and a winning coach at that. He is our man and I have no problem with that what so ever. He was born in Waterloo, New York and attended Syracuse University which makes him even more beloved in New York. He also maintains training camp at the University of Albany in upstate New York. Coughlin’s overall record with the New York Giants is 72-53 since becoming head coach back in 2004. He also won a Super Bowl Championship in 2007. Tom Coughlin gets love in New York.
If Tom Coughlin decided to retire, the two coaches that I hear are odds on favorite to replace him are Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. I wouldn’t count out Tony Dungy who has experience with another Manning in Indy. If Peyton Manning has a career ending injury, could a scenario be worked out where he would take over the OC position for Big Blue in 2012? Now that would be something to see and to lock him down for three years would be incredible. This is unlikely to happen I know but it’s fun to think about. Bring back Jeff Feagles as special teams coach too. Those guys need him around to mentor them to the next level.
The offensive and defensive coordinators for Big Blue are like night and day. DC Perry Fewell can be very aggressive in his play calling and usually lines up the correct attack posture. OC Kevin Gilbride has fans pulling their hair out with his ultra conservative play calling at crucial moments in the game. Readers must understand that Perry Fewell is literally missing 2/3 of his defensive players to injuries. What he has done with the talent available is amazing. They are ranked at the bottom of the pile but seem to do enough to win games. Fans calling for Perry Fewell to be replaced are not paying attention to the situation. Fewell is an elite defensive coordinator playing rookies and second stringers out there. His job is as safe as can be. I cannot say the same thing about Gilbride. Fans would like to see a dynamic OC who properly uses the elite passing game of Big Blue. The majority of Giants fans would welcome a change at the offensive coordinator position in 2012 and by that I mean 75% minimum from what I see and hear. Fans have started to demand a change at the OC position.
Special Teams coach Tom Quinn might be in trouble. Friendships between boss and employee could not even endure the poor play of this group the past few years. Big changes are needed in this area and everyone knows it. The G-Men should lock down P Steve Weatherford long term and look for a 10 year kicker in my opinion. Invest big in the next Devin Hester of return men and get a proven young player if you have to trade for him. Let’s get this special teams group in shape to make a difference in games from today forward. Improving the special teams is a a game changer.
– I think we should start a “hot seat” for sports media people who get it wrong all of the time. Since they like to publicly call out coaches and make them worry about their jobs. In fact, that is exactly what I’m going to do. I will introduce a new series of random articles called ‘The Sports Expert Hot Seat’ where we we call out those ‘experts’ who get the majority of there picks or tips wrong. The first person I’m nominating is Joe Buck. There is no reason why this ‘man’ should be doing professional football games. Giants fans can stomach Troy Aikman somewhat because we also respect what Troy has accomplished on the field, his opinion holds weight with football fans. But Joe Buck is unhelpful and a bit annoying, he has to go.
Do you know who the winningest coach in New York Giants history is? That would be head coach Steve Owen, who compiled a record of 151-100-17 over his twenty plus coaching stint with New York from 1931-1953. Bill Parcells is second on the all-time wins list with a 77-49-1 record. Bill Parcells is my favorite New york Giants coach of all time and Tom Coughlin is number two on that list. Both great guys with a competitive streak who want to win. Tom Coughlin is also currently third on the Giants all-time wins list with a 72-53-0 record, just five wins away from being tied with Bill Parcells for second all-time.
What do you think of the Giants coaching staff in 2011? Do you think anyone will be gone after the 2011 season?
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