Is Tom Coughlin’s Time Running Out; Steve Spagnuolo Return?


After giving the organization and fans hope when staring at a 3-2 record heading into October, the New York Giants have dropped five straight games. Despite zealous confidence by safety Antrel Rolle and Jason Pierre-Paul, in vocally expressing confidence in running the table, fans are already peeking ahead towards the 2015 NFL Draft. Bringing in new talent is certainly the need here, but wondering whether or not head coach Tom Coughlin has much time left during his tenure in New York has become a very torn topic.

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  • Coughlin still has his players believing in him, but the lack of talent brought in by general manager Jerry Reese as of late has been alarming as well. Rumblings about whether or not Reese should be the team’s general manager going forward are starting to surface as well.

    Despite the lack of perceived talent of teams in recent seasons, Coughlin was always able to get the most out of his active players despite injuries to others.

    Per Steve Serby of the NY Post, a league source categorized Coughlin’s chance of returning in 2015 as “50-50”. Reasons for this are because the team has missed the playoffs in five of the last six seasons. Ever since the loss of 2007 and 2008 defensive coordinator and current Baltimore Ravens assistant Steve Spagnuolo, the defense has always been subpar.

    Coughlin’s last chance at keeping his role with the Giants may mean parting ways with current defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who did help win a Super Bowl following the 2011 season. Fewell’s unit has been ravaged by injuries but schematically players have looked out of place and lacked fundamentals at more times than not. The unit was always at its best under Spagnuolo.

    If Coughlin does find his way out of New York, one would assume the coaching staff is likely to be blown up as well. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s job status would be interesting to ponder. His offense has shown glimpses of being efficient despite the ideal talent not being within the unit itself. Would a new head coach be open to keeping any cast overs? McAdoo is highly regarded around the league and he may still be in somewhat of a grace period with the organization so it would be hard to see him getting the boot.

    But if McAdoo gets axed, do the Giants go in another direction at quarterback? Another new offensive coordinator would make quarterback Eli Manning learn another offensive scheme and the Giants may just want to take the opportunity to go in another direction at quarterback since there will be a transition-phase.

    It sounds like a reach, far-fetched, and a bit overboard – but it is worth pondering about. What do you think Giants fans? Would you like to see Steve Spagnuolo be brought back on board if it meant giving Coughlin another year in New York? Leave your comments below!