New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin – Big Blue Controversy Or Yellow Journalism?

As I perused this morning’s headlines I found something that kicked up my dander, put a bee in my bonnet, ruffled my feathers, jerked a knot in my tail, aka made me angry. I find it only fitting to express my frustration in a superfluous manner. Why, you ask? In my quest for an enthralling Sunday morning read I stumbled upon the proverbial straw and boy, is this camel’s back broke.

The “Is Tom Coughlin‘s Job In Jeopardy” pieces have been officially labelled as redundant, excessive, bombastic, inordinate, aka played out. My mind began to wonder, as it could not put a number on the amount of times it had glanced upon a similar headline. So, I did what any inquisitive newshound would do. I Googled it.

Much to my surprise, the search result turned up over 6,000 related articles. Over 6,000!! I truly thought that number would be higher. Then something mind blowing occurred, I saw the time frame and then the staggering factor hit. Over six thousand write ups in under a month? That’s completely ridiculous!

More and more we hear the New York Giants players, and even some of their organization, saying that Coughlin’s job is secure. Yet, “reporters” are still running these headlines and attempting to create fact out of fiction. It is yellow journalism in its purest form.

This sort of reckless “reporting” reared its ugly head earlier in the year. Remember when the media had Brandon Jacobs unhappy with the Giants franchise and wanted to be traded immediately? That was about as yellow as journalism could get.

What the reader must understand is that just because a proposal, accusation or statement is in print or on your computer screen does not mean that the piece in question is a valid and credible bit of writing. These columnists and correspondents use theatrical headlines to attract a reader in order to keep their jobs secure, even if it means spreading rumors about someone else losing theirs. Tom Coughlin is the current victim of this deplorable practice.

The real detriment of the myriad of Coughlin commentaries is not that these articles are sculpting the reader’s mind like clay but that these “reporters” are offhandedly jeopardizing a man’s livelihood. The human condition, unfortunately, reacts and responds to controversy and the dramatic more so than anything else. Visit any corner of the internet that publishes the news. Keep an eye on the subject matter and the amount of comments that readers leave. You will find that factious matters are the ones that get the most attention.

The subject of Tom Coughlin’s employment is one that hits close to home for Giants fans. Many believe that he is the man for the job. Others are calling for his head to be decapitated and replaced with Bill Cowher’s, likewise with the media.

There is no shortage of Big Blue comings and goings to write about. That is why it is hard to stomach the overabundance of this topic. I understand that people have opinions. This editorial is mine. However, where I take exception, is when a person or a group of people start trying to pass their OPINION off as gospel.

Everything that you have read on the internet or in print about Tom Coughlin’s job being in jeopardy has been the OPINION of the writer. It is an opinion that has been beaten to death. It continues to be completely speculative.

The “Coughlin’s Job In Jeopardy” horse is dead sports writers. Start the new year off right and find some FACTS to write about.

**Coughlin Photo source: Kathy Willens/Associated Press**

Topics: Bill Cowher, Brandon Jacobs, Giants, New York Giants, Popular, Featured, Justin Tuck, Giants/National Football League, Google, National Football League, New York Giants, Sean Kerr, Tom Coughlin

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  • Jim Orefice

    Sean you are totally correct. It’s unbelievable how the media goes into a feeding frenzy when this type of meat is available to them.
    Part of me wants to chalk it up to just being in New York, and while that’s true to a large extent it doesn’t remove the responsibility these guys have for treating people fairly and not taking someone’s carrier so haphazardly.
    You say there’s plenty of other things to write about. It could be that the sports editors are demanding more stories about Tom or it could be the writers don’t have the imagination or ability to develop other store lines. In either case it’s just not right. I hope what Tom says about the situation is true, which is he doesn’t pay attention to it. Unfortunately family members probably do. What John Mara does with this stuff is another matter, and I believe real soon he’ll come out and give TC at least a one year contract extension to put out the fires.

  • Jim Orefice

    As I was writing my last comment Fanfeeder listed both Fox and Fassel as almost imminent replacements. Ridiculous and desperate grapes at sensationalism.

  • Jennifer Allman

    Great article Sean, I’m tired of hearing about this too. But I am choosing to look at the bright side. The last time TC’s head was on the chopping block was the 2007 season, and we all know how that ended. If the end result is another super bowl run I will gladly listen to the debate all during the off-season!

    • Sean Kerr

      Thanks Jen,
      What’s irking me more now is all of these clowns who have been running this story up and down the newswires are now yammering away about how his job is safe…as if they weren’t saying otherwise for the last month. Some “reporters” have absolutely no sense of decency or professionalism for that matter. OK…I’m done. I can rant about this until the start of next season.

  • Jim Orefice

    “…all of these clowns who have been running this story up and down the newswires are now yammering away about how his job is safe…as if they weren’t saying otherwise for the last month.”

    That’s because they really didn’t care about what was being said, as long as the topic was put out there to draw attention. Sensationalism without substance!

  • Andrew Ilnicki

    Mara said Coughlin coming back next year was never a question. And frankly, as much as some things need to change and be improved, how do you fire the coach of a team that went 10-6?

  • Jim Orefice

    “…Mara said Coughlin coming back next year was never a question. And frankly, as much as some things need to change and be improved, how do you fire the coach of a team that went 10-6?”

    Thankfully Mara has kept his head through this media tirade because there’s no way you let TC go. No doubt some coaches should go and as unpopular as this opinion will be; I heard Fewell will be interviewed by at least two teams for the HC position and it wouldn’t bother me if he took one of them. Reese just admitted we gave up too many explosive plays and IMO Fewell, while he probably will develop in the DC we need if he stays is not all there just yet.

    • Sean Kerr

      I wrote about this earlier in the year, or at least mentioned it. With the Rooney Rule I had no doubts that Fewell would be approached to be a head coach elsewhere. My gut instinct tells me that he will stick around next year and get his price tag up a bit. If he plays his cards right and sticks it out, he might find himself the HC of the Giants…it could happen.

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