The New York Giants are likely to retain embattled head coach Tom Coughlin, but a conference call originally scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to discuss his status was postponed as organizational meetings continued.
Coughlin will enter the final year of his contract in 2007 at a salary of $3 million, but speculation is that Giants ownership will extend his deal by at least one year to keep the veteran coach from being a lame duck. A source close to Coughlin told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he is "cautiously optimistic" the coach will be retained and that his contract will be extended.
The fact that the decision-making process has dragged on is a good indicator for Tom Coughlin.
But the postponement of the Tuesday conference call signaled there are still some elements to be resolved, possibly with the contract extension and also probably with staffing issues.
One assistant coach acknowledged Tuesday night that the staff remains in the dark about its future.
Coughlin dismissed offensive coordinator John Hufnagel before the team's final regular-season game. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride assumed the play-calling chores for that contest and Sunday's wild-card game defeat at Philadelphia. There are almost certain to be further staffing changes in the offseason.
In three seasons with the Giants, Coughlin has compiled a 23-25 record in the regular season and 0-2 record in playoff appearances. But New York suffered through a tumultuous 2006 campaign, losing six of its final eight games after starting the season 6-2 and barely earning a wild-card berth.
The season was marked by a crippling spate of injuries but also by open criticism of Coughlin and some assistant coaches from several of the team's highest profile veterans. Still, retaining Coughlin would provide stability to a team whose co-owners, Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch, died within weeks of each other in late 2005 and which will lose general manager Ernie Accorsi to retirement next week.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
amazingly bad decision, especially considering why they are reportedly doing it; things are up in the air and we (the Giants) don't want to have to hire two guys this offseason. AHHHH, WHAT? Are you kidding? You're keeping a bad coach that players, fans, and media want out because you dragged your a*s on hiring a new GM (Ernie Accorsi didn't exactly spring this on them) and you don't feel like having to hire two new people? Just pathetic. So, if you are a Giants fan, here is what you have to look forward to.............another year of a head coach that is 2 games under .500 as the G-Men head coach, having to find/break in a new running back that is replacing a HOF running back, with a QB he has allowed to regress, and will continue to allow to regress, in the last year of his contract (or at least coaching for his next year. No way he comes back if he has another bad year) with a new coaching staff that will be forced on him, in a division where EVER single team will probably be better next year, and with a GM that will not have had a direct say in his hiring or his retention. Yeah, this is one smart move.
Hey, Mike and the Mad Dog think it is the fair and right thing to do, so it must be all us dumb fans again that expect a coach will have his team playing well and winning games as opposed to just showing up on their moronic show every Monday............yeah, Francessa and Dog think it is a good idea............that, right there, lets you know how bad a resigning this is