While announcing on Tuesday that Tom Coughlin would return for a 12th season as head coach, New York Giants co-owner John Mara admitted that would not have been the case if he had made his decision after the Giants blew a 21-0 lead and lost to the previously 1-10 Jacksonville Jaguars.
"When I'm sitting on the bus after the Jacksonville game I wanted to fire everybody," Mara said, calling the loss to the Jaguars "an embarrassment."
"That's why I learned a long time ago that you don't make those judgments during the season. You try not to make stupid comments during the season, or give votes of confidence. I was just happy none of you approached me in the locker room after that game because I may have said something I regretted."
Mara, however, did acknowledge that a second straight losing year has not been easy to take.
"It's been a very difficult year for our fans. It's been even a more difficult year for me because I don't stomach this very well," Mara said.
"I'm not under any illusions about where we are right now. I'm aware of what teams we beat over the last two years and what teams we lost to. We have a lot of work to do."