Tomorrow is what has come to be known as “Black Monday,” as it is the day that many NFL head coaches and executives end up out of a job. It’s going to be a long day for many if they’re not told early on. One of those is expected to be Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, but rumor has it that he plans on retiring before he’s actually fired by the organization.
On Sunday, the New York Giants finished out the 2015 season with a 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. With that loss, the Giants ended up with a 6-10 record and in third place in the woeful NFC East, only above the Dallas Cowboys.
According to NBC Sports, it is rumored that Tom Coughlin is going to be one of the coaches looking for a new job next year. A number of teams could be looking for new head coaches starting tomorrow, and the Giants will likely be one of them.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports says that the Giants won’t end up firing Coughlin though. He believes that before the team can get rid of him, he’s going to end up retiring.
“They’re not going to fire Tom. He’s going to walk away. They’re going to ask to him to just kind of ride off into the sunset there.”
It is expected that Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo could take over as the new head coach as he is apparently the leading candidate at this time. During Coughlin’s time in New York, the team won two Super Bowls (2007 and 2011), and he had a record of 102-89 in the regular season and 8-3 in the playoffs.
There have been a number of other rumors swirling around as well and the Giants have been loosely connected to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Now, Payton is still under contract with the Saints for at least two more years, but a lot of changes could come now that the regular season is just about over. Rumor has it the Saints may allow Payton to talk to other teams and would possibly put together a trade package they’d be willing to accept for him.
This is something that’s up in the air because no-one quite yet knows what the Saints will do. It’s rather pointless to think about having Sean Payton become the coach of the New York Giants when he’s technically still under contract with New Orleans.
It’s been said that Tom Coughlin had numerous family members on the field with him at MetLife Stadium during the pregame. This is a huge change from the normal operating procedure on gamedays as most coaches, Coughlin included, never really has any family members on the field before a game.
There is no definite word at this time that today was indeed the last game and last day with the New York Giants’ franchise. As a head coach, he has done an incredible job, but the time appears to have come for the Giants to move in a different direction.
The Super Bowl rings and his overall record proves that Coughlin will always hold a solid place among the greats in New York.
Black Monday is going to bring a lot of new crashing down on many coaches and executives around the NFL. Some won’t be overly surprised though, and Chip Kelly has already been told he’s out of a job in Philly. Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants are still partnered up as of Sunday evening, but a lot can change in 24 hours.
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