Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your updates for this Monday morning.
Eli Manning wants to stay in the McAdoo offense
Manning arguably had the best year of his impressive career in 2015 with 35 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions and a yardage total of 4,436. Ever since the switch to a west coast offense, Manning has been posting excellent numbers and hopes that he doesn't have to change from it as the coaching situation next year is unclear. Tom Coughlin's future is in doubt as no decisions have been made yet. If Coughlin is gone, McAdoo's job may be in danger under a new head coach. It doesn't help that McAdoo himself is under consideration by the Philadelphia Eagles. How does the success of the offense play into the Giants offseason plans?
Eli Manning threw two more TD passes in Sunday's 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium, and afterward, he said he’d love to see offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s West Coast system stay in place next year.
"Yep, of course," he said. "I feel very comfortable in the offense. We scored a lot of points, we were competitive in most of the games and I thought we had a great game plan. I think with the guys we have and add a few guys, we can be a strong offense."
Manning’s love of McAdoo’s system could have a bearing on the Giants’ offseason plans. If Tom Coughlin does wind up out as head coach, McAdoo could be a candidate for the job. Manning has spent two years in McAdoo’s system, and he’s gradually blossomed; he threw for a career-best 35 TDs this season, along with 4,436 yards, the second-highest total of his career. He did not rule out speaking to the front office about his feelings on the system.
Eagles game recap
The Eagles ruined what potentially could have been Tom Coughlin's last game as a New York Giant. Once again, the defense has been too soft on opposing offenses to the detriment of the team. Let's see what the media had to say about the season finale.
Sixteen games in and his season now done, Giants tailback Rashad Jennings dressed at his locker following Sunday’s loss to the Eagles at the Meadowlands. He had enjoyed his best game of the campaign — 27 carries for 170 yards and a touchdown — but his personal success was a footnote in a finale that resulted in another close loss. "The most frustrating thing is we found a way to lose in the fourth quarter," Jennings said.
After the final dispiriting defeat of a lost season, Eli Manning was asked how he would sum it all up. "Just missed opportunities," Manning said. That was true on opening night in Dallas and was still the case in a season-ending 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in MetLife Stadium. The Giants had rallied from an early 14-3 deficit to take a 27-21 lead in the third quarter. They were driving for a touchdown or field goal that would have given them a two-score advantage. But Manning was hit from behind by linebacker Connor Barwin, the ball popped into the air and was grabbed by safety Walter Thurmond, who returned it 83 yards for a touchdown that put Philadelphia ahead for good, 28-27.
If there was any real case Coughlin should be given another season to recapture glory, it ended with a 35-30 loss to the dysfunctional Eagles Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
It is not an easy decision to make a coaching change, understanding what Coughlin has meant to the franchise and his players. His legacy is not only the two Lombardi Trophies he has earned, but the pride and professionalism he has maintained and demanded for a dozen seasons. It’s a standard that will remain even when he departs.
But Coughlin hasn’t earned a 13th season after losing to a team that fired Chip Kelly a few days earlier week and was visiting with zero playoff aspirations. Yet, the Giants suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games to end 6-10 for a third straight losing season.
There were 28 seconds left on the clock Sunday afternoon when Eli Manning's fourth-down pass fell incomplete and the Eagles took over on downs. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin let his gaze linger for a moment, then he took off his headset, made sure his blue "NY" baseball cap was straight and waited for the season's final snap. He stared straight ahead as Sam Bradford knelt and the referee whistled, then he bowed his head, made the sign of the cross and jogged to the middle of the field to shake the hand of Pat Shurmur, the man who'd replaced fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly just five days earlier.
From there, Coughlin led a crush of cameras and security guards to the tunnel that leads from the MetLife Stadium field to the Giants' locker room. As he passed under the overhang, he raised his arm in salute to the fans there cheering for him. They applauded. One shouted, "Good job, Tom!" He disappeared into the tunnel.
Nothing special about any of that, except for the nagging sense in the building that it was probably the final time he would do any of it as the Giants' coach. Other than that, it was the same as any other week.
Potential coaching candidates
Everyone has their preferences on who should be the next head coach of the Giants if Coughlin steps down. The normal suspects have been talked about a lot such as Sean Payton or either of the Giants coordinators but what about other names? Here is Ralph Vacchiano's list of candidates.
BRIAN KELLY: The NFL landscape is littered with college coaches who failed in the NFL, especially ones that came with no NFL experience. That's why, though some in the organization respect how Kelly has revived the Notre Dame program (perhaps without as much talent as some of those SEC and Big Ten powerhouse schools), this would be a dangerous choice. If he really wants total control of football operations, though — as he said in a Fiesta Bowl press conference on Wednesday — he has no shot at this job.
DAVID SHAW: A very intriguing choice who's arguably done a better job at Stanford than Jim Harbaugh did and is considered by many to be as good a pro coaching prospect as Harbaugh once was. He also spent nine years as an NFL assistant and runs a pro-style offensive system. No one seems sure if he wants to leave the college ranks, but the Giants job could be very tempting.
OTHER NAMES TO CONSIDER Todd Haley (Steelers offensive coordinator), Steve Spagnuolo (Giants defensive coordinator), Mike Shula (Panthers offensive coordinator), Sean McDermott (Panthers defensive coordinator), Doug Marrone (Jaguars assistant), Hue Jackson (Bengals offensive coordinator).