Locker room access, during which New York Giants players were available to the media for the final time this season, just ended. No decision on the fate of Tom Coughlin has yet been announced, and players all said they didn't know. The emotions of Eli Manning, who seemed to be working hard to hold himself together, gave away what he seems to think is coming. "He's been a great coach, we have a great relationship, great trust," Manning said. "We had a good run."
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Multiple reports are indicating that Giants ownership met this morning and that Tom Coughlin has a meeting with John Mara early this afternoon. Perhaps a decision will be forthcoming later today though that is hardly guaranteed.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin may have walked off the MetLife Stadium field for the last time as coach of the New York Giants Sunday following his team's season-ending 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Coughlin, though, wasn't giving any hints during his post-game press conference about whether he would retire, or whether he expects owner John Mara to tell him his services are no longer required.
"No one has decided anything. Where do the reports come from?" wondered Coughlin when asked about the rash of reports over the weekend that he would retire on Monday. "Did you get initials? Did you get some initials?"
Coughlin, 69, didn't offer anything beyond that in terms of what his plans are.
"I'm not going to answer anything about [the future," Coughlin said. "I'm going to give myself a little bit of time. I'm sure we'll talk to ownership and go from there."
Giants owner John Mara did not speak to reporters after the game. Mara, Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese traditionally hold season-ending press conferences within a day or two after the final game. As of now, there is no timetable for when those might be held.
It is possible that either Mara or Coughlin has already made a decision. If they have not, and you are in a hurry for Coughlin to be gone after 12 years -- or at least for a decision to be made -- your patience might be tested. Monday is known as "Black Monday" around the NFL -- a day when coaches and general managers of disappointing teams lose their jobs. Much of that has already started.
The Giants, though, may take until Tuesday or longer to make or announce a decision. Remember last season when the Giants were methodical after the season before firing then-defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. It seems as though they are not in a hurry to make this decision.
Coughlin's teams have won two Super Bowls, three NFC East titles and made the playoffs five times in his 12 seasons. Four straight playoff-less seasons, including three straight losing ones, led to the change. After making the playoffs every season from 2005-2008, the Giants have now missed the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons.
Coughlin has been Giants' coach since being named the successor to Jim Fassel on Jan. 6, 2004. He has a regular-season record of 102-90 with the Giants. He is 170-150 in 20 years overall as an NFL head coach. He was the first head coach of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent eight seasons.
Coughlin is 11th all-time in victories as a head coach. Ex-Giants coach Bill Parcells is 10th with 172. He is second in Giants' franchise history in coaching victories behind Steve Owen, who had 153. Both Parcells and Owen are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Coughlin has an 8-3 playoff record with the Giants and is 12-7 in playoff games during his career. The eight postseason victories with the Giants ties Coughlin with Parcells for most in franchise history.