Ta-ta to TC?

Is it time for Tom Coughlin to go?


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Mazzeo By Mike Mazzeo

Let me just say this first: Tom Coughlin will go down as one of the greatest coaches in New York Giants' history.

Coughlin took the team to two Super Bowls against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and won them both.

It doesn't get any better than that.

But Coughlin's Giants -- save for facing backup quarterbacks and third-stringers -- have looked overmatched for much of this season, and maybe it's for the best to make a change.

It wouldn't be right to place all the blame on Coughlin, who was given a significantly flawed roster, devoid of talent and depth at several positions. You can blame GM Jerry Reese and the team's personnel department for that. But he does have to take at least some of the responsibility.

From offense to defense to special teams, the Giants have been outexecuted and will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

That being said, perhaps it's time for a new regime, including a new head coach.

Coughlin is 67. Does he really want to go through a rebuilding effort?

No. That job should be left to someone else.

As for Coughlin, maybe he can be promoted within the organization to a front-office position. He deserves that opportunity, should he want it.

If not, well, then he can ride off into the sunset as one of greatest coaches this franchise has ever had.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com


Darcy By Kieran Darcy

There's a long list of people responsible for the Giants' disastrous 2013 season.

Tom Coughlin is on it, but he's nowhere near the top.

Eli Manning leads the league with 25 interceptions. David Wilson averaged 3.3 yards per carry before getting hurt. The O-line has given up 37 sacks, nearly twice as many it did last season (20) -- and there are still two games to play.

Hakeem Nicks has yet to score a touchdown and looks like a shell of his former self. Brandon Myers hasn't been the playmaker the Giants hoped he would be.

The pass rush has 29 sacks, tied for 26th in the league. Jason Pierre-Paul has just two, two years removed from having 16.5. Corey Webster had a terrible 2012 and could hardly get on the field in 2013.

The Giants have 39 turnovers, eight more than any other team. And they haven't created nearly enough (22), leading to a minus-17 differential -- second-worst, behind only the Jets (minus-19).

How many turnovers has Coughlin committed? Zero.

When a team plays this poorly, the head coach deserves some of the blame. But when he's one of only 13 coaches in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowls, he deserves a very long leash.

Coughlin is the oldest coach in the league, but he's looked and sounded as motivated as ever this season. And he led this franchise to a championship as recently as two years ago.

Antrel Rolle -- a team captain and one of the few Giants who have played well this season -- defended Coughlin on Sunday, after the Giants' latest loss.

"Coach Coughlin can't take any of this blame," Rolle said. "He can't coach heart."

It's time for a roster transplant, not a coaching change.

Kieran Darcy is a staff writer at ESPNNewYork.com.


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