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USA Today: Coughlin, Manning face the heat

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USA Today has posted an excellent overview of the Giants, focusing on the pressure faced by Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning this season.

An excerpt.

Although Coughlin has led New York to back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since 1989-90, he enters his fourth season with his job very much in jeopardy. He received a one-year contract extension to keep him from becoming a lame-duck coach only after he met with ownership and persuaded them to stick with his vision of the future at least a little longer.

Manning, laboring under the burden of enormous expectations, not to mention the shadow cast by Super Bowl-winning big brother Peyton, needs to prove he has more than just a famous surname while trying to firmly establish himself as a franchise quarterback.

Maybe I am overly optimistic, but until I'm proven wrong I will continue to believe the Giants will surprise the experts this season.