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Coughlin on borrowed time?

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coachThe New York Giants are 0-2 for the first time in over ten years.  Their defense has given up the second-most number of points in the first 2 games in the team’s 83-year history.  And yet it is only September.  If Giants head coach Tom Coughlin wants to save his job, this is obviously not going to get him that extension.

In January 2007, he was given a 1-year extension on his contract and a mandate to eliminate the team dysfunction that ruined the 2006 season and to get the Giants back into the playoffs.  To his credit, Coughlin has changed his ways somewhat; his about-face in attitude compared to other seasons is in itself a news story.  But unfortunately, the Giants have done the one thing a team should never have to do – get off to a dreadful start.

And the upcoming schedule isn’t any kinder; the Giants face the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles this month.  So one can assume that the Giants, at this stage of the season, could be considered a desperate team.  Defensive end Michael Strahan seems to think the Giants can snap out of this funk the team is in, saying, “I’ve seen worse.  Trust me, I’ve seen worse.  No hope is lost here.  We are professionals.  We take our whipping like a man.  But one thing you can’t do – you never quit.”

Some inner workings within the Giants’ organization may have something to do with the Giants’ current state of affairs.  Things such as Coughlin firing then defensive coordinator Tim Lewis; the team didn’t respect, believe in, or want to play for him so that’s a given there.  Coughlin took a risk in hiring former Eagles linebacker coach Steve Spagnuolo who, while being respected, brough with him a totally different defensive scheme that the Giants have yet to adjust to.  Unfotunately, by the time the Giants adjust and have the proper personnel to run this scheme, Coughlin may be long gone.

And the last but not the least important issues dogging the Giants right now are the injuries and lack of discipline; 2 good examples are when tight end Jeremy Shockey apparently celebrated after making a catch and WR Amani Toomer who retaliated against Packers’ LB Nick Barnett for apparently holding him down to the ground.  Both episodes which took place yesterday, killed potential touchdown drives for the Giants. 

So an accumulation of different factors are contributing to the Giants’ current state of affairs at this early juncture of the season; if they do not get them corrected as soon as possible, not only will the Giants miss the playoffs, but Coughlin will be out of a job, as well.

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