East Rutherford- It’s a tough day to be a Giants fan. After 12 seasons as Head Coach of the New York Giants Tom Coughlin has stepped down from his position leading the Giants to start their first head coaching search since prior to the 2004 season.
Coughlin had a very successful run as Giants Head Coach. He posted a 102-92 Regular Season record, and an 8-3 playoff record including two super bowl victories. Yet after missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season and finishing below the .500 mark for the third straight year Coughlin’s run with the Giants is officially over.
In 2015 the Giants lost five games while leading in the fourth quarter. A few of those losses came in part to poor coaching decisions by Coughlin.
In Week 1 in Dallas the Giants led the Cowboys by a score of 23-20 and had the ball inside the 10 yard line with under two minutes remaining, and instead of running the ball into the end zone Coughlin had the offense throw the ball which led to an incompletion stopping the clock and forcing the Giants to settle for three points. The Cowboys were left with plenty of time to drive down the field and beat the Giants 27-26.
Week 13 against the Jets the Giants led 20-10 early in the with a little less than 10 minutes left in the game. Instead of kicking a Field Goal to force the Jets to score two touchdowns he decided to go for the Touchdown on fourth and goal from the Jets two yard line. Coughlin’s decision did not pan out as Eli Manning was picked off, and the Giants defense would blow the 10 point lead losing another tough game.
Coughlin’s poor decision making may not have cost his job as he was not fired but certainly opened the speculation that Coughlin would not be back with the Giants in 2016.
The Giants will now move on and look for a new Head Coach. Among the candidates are Saints Head Coach Sean Payton who reportedly called the Giant’s head coaching job his “dream job”, ex Eagles Coach Chip Kelly, and Ben McAdoo the Giants current offensive coordinator who has turned around the Giants offense into one of the best in the league. These are just few of the possible replacement’s that could become the new Head Coach of the New York Football Giants