Hey, what's happening to all my die hard, blue blooded, NY Giants fans out there?! If you are like me, then Big Blue View has become sort of therapeutic in being able to stomach some of these losses witnessed on behalf of our beloved NY football team. (Thanks again, Ed) As you all know by now, following this most recent humiliating, degrading, utterly disgusting, two game losing streak, one of the biggest topics is the job status of head coach Tom Coughlin. Many of you out there agree with me that the Coughlin-lead era in New York needs to come to an end,... many of you do not. For those of you who don't,... God bless your hearts. But for the rest of us, let's take a look at the possible coaching candidates out there, assuming Coughlin's tenure with the Giants does happen to end in the near, unforeseen future.
First of all, let's take a closer look at what Coughlin has brought to this franchise. Tom Coughlin was named the 16th head coach of the New York GIants in January 2004. After finishing 4-12 the previous year, Coughlin (like always) got the Giants off to a great start winning 5 out of the first 7 games. Following a two game losing streak after the good start, he chose to bench the struggling Kurt Warner and opted to start rookie Eli Manning. After throwing Eli right in the frying pan with less than a full 16 game season to learn from a Super Bowl winning quarterback, the Giants ended up losing 6 of their final 7 games and missing the playoffs. (second half season collapse,... sound familiar?)
The following year, however, the choice to start Manning turned out to be ingenious as the Giants went 11-5, winning a division title for the first time in 5 years. That success was short lived because the Giants got embarrassed in the playoffs at home by the Carolina Panthers by a score of 23-0.
In 2006, after starting off 1-2, the Coughlin-lead Giants turned the tide by winning their next 5 games in a row. Unfortunately, they ended up losing 6 of their next 7 games heading into the final game of the season. In the last game of the season against the Tennessee Titans, the Giants blew a 21-point 4th quarter lead and lost the last game of the season, 24-21.(eerily sounds like deja vu from the Twilight Zone)
Fast forward past our Super Bowl year, and the last three years, there is a pattern that emerges... inconsistency. In his 15 years of coaching, Coughlin has lead his teams to 4 division titles, 1 Super Bowl title, and has taken them to the postseason a respectable 8 times. Unfortunately, as much as I like and respect Tom Coughlin, history speaks for itself.
Ok, now who's the next contestant...
Next up in line would be Bill Cowher, former Super Bowl winning head coach of the Pittsburg Steelers. Now, I have heard a lot of you up here saying, " Oh Bill Cowher and Tom Coughlin aren't that much different." I beg to differ. Bill Cowher was hired as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in January 1992. In Cowher's 15 year coaching career with Pittsburgh, he got the Steelers 8 division titles, 2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl title, and took them to the postseason an unprecedented 10 times.
I know that right now some of you are either saying to yourself, " Yeah, so what?!" or "Wow, I didn't know that." or "They played in a easy division." For all of you out there who were talking smack about Cowher not being as good as Coughlin, I am going to love slapping you in the face with this next stat... Including Super Bowl appearances, Cowher's team had compiled a record of 108-1-1 in games which they built a lead of at least 11 points!!!! Now who in their right mind wouldn't want someone with that kind of record on their resume, coaching the Giants??
Ok, now who's next?....
I've heard some folks out there throwing around John Fox's name a bit, so let's take a look at his resume. John Fox was hired in 2002 as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. In his initial year as head coach, the Panthers went 7-9 and missed the playoffs. The following year, however, Fox helped them win their division and got them all the way to the Super Bowl, losing on a last minute field goal to the New England Patriots. In Fox's 8 year tenure in Carolina, he has gotten them 2 division titles, 1Super Bowl appearance, and has taken them to the postseason 3 times.
OK numbers, but mediocre at best. Yeah he took the Panthers to the Big Dance, but they lost. Most of the time, people never remember the losers. I don't think that Fox would be a good fit for the Giants, given his resume. Maybe it was the team that he had, but no thanks.
With that being said, who do you guys think would be the best fit to replace Tom Coughlin? (Hypothetically speaking) Let me hear what all you guys think.....