The first quarter of the NFL regular season hasn’t yet come to a close, but the New York Giants have got to be feeling blue about their 0-3 start to 2013. Could it be that Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat…again? Say it isn’t so.
Losing by five points at Dallas? Forgettable. Losing by 18 at home to the Broncos? Cause for some concern, but forgivable. Being shut out and outscored by 38 in Carolina? It’s time to panic—always the annual reaction to Tom Coughlin’s notoriously slow-starting squad.
On September 27, 2010, in the wake of a 1-2 start by the Giants, Yahoo Sports ran an article recapping all of the times Coughlin’s job had been threatened. Twice in ’04, once in ’05, and twice again in ’07, articles were published detailing various reasons to call for Coughlin’s head—the lattermost of those years ended in the stunning Super Bowl XLII triumph over the New England Patriots.
One would think the debate would’ve been settled then and there, but it was not to be.
Even though the Giants were exceeding expectations during the 2011-2012 season, a year after the Yahoo hot seat review, it wasn’t “enough to keep Tom Coughlin off the hot seat in New York,” according to Greg Rosenthal. The Giants went on to beat the Patriots again that year in Super Bowl XLVI.
After this a flurry of articles were written granting Coughlin a free pass henceforth, such as “NY Giants Coach Tom Coughlin in Unfamiliar Position of Being Off Hot Seat,” or better yet, “The Tom Coughlin Hot Seat Is Officially Retired.” These statements are simply not so and they never will be.
Just five days ago, even before the Giants’ latest flop in Carolina, the subject of Coughlin on the hot seat was bandied about again on ESPN’s airwaves. Truly, Coughlin is the Schrödinger’s Cat of hot seat occupants.
There are 13 games left for the Giants, and admittedly there are some legitimate worries. But, at the very least, let’s not fall for this tired and overrated talking point.
What about the benefit of the doubt? It’s the least Tom Coughlin deserves for his successes, and that’s coming from a rabid Jets fan.