Even during an NFL Lockout I suppose escaping discussion of Tom Coughlin's status as New York Giants coach is inescapable.
The following comes from ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano, addressing an e-mail:
"How likely is it that the Giants fire Coughlin mid-season and replace him with Perry Fewell? It may take a 2010 cowboys type start to their season for him to end up like Wade Phillips, but with Fewell being one of the hot coaching commodities in today's market it seems likely that Jerry Reese'd have to be thinking it a possibility with Coughlin missing the playoffs the last two seasons. And the fact that they let Spagnuolo leave to be the savior in St. Louis has to hurt a little too: they cant lose two great head coaches."
Dan Graziano: I think it'd have to be a 2010 Cowboys type of start (remember, that was 1-7 after preseason Super Bowl expectations) to get the Giants to even consider such a move. And in part because Coughlin is not Wade Phillips, I don't imagine how that could happen. But even if it did, I think it would be shocking for the Giants to change head coaches midseason. It's just not the way they roll. And besides, even if they decided halfway through the season to make a change, it's not as if someone else is going to hire Fewell away from them in November. They could just give him the job at the end of the season if they like him that much. I fully expect Tom Coughlin to coach at least 16 more Giants games.
Let me put it this way. Anybody who thinks Coughlin will be fired midseason is nuts. On the other hand, a third straight season without a playoff appearance and all bets are off.
At some point I will put together a deeper look at Coughlin's Giants' career. For now, that should be enough to get you guys talking.