Coaching Notes: Giants, Chargers, Lions

With less than a month remaining in the NFL regular season, we’re getting to that time of year when every poor performance by a sub-.500 team can raise questions about a head coach’s job security. A few coaches, in particular, are on the hot seat after bad Week 13 showings, so let’s round up the latest on a handful of situations around the NFL….

  • The Giants aren’t the sort of team that would fire a head coach – particularly one with two Super Bowl wins under his belt – for clock management. However, at some point, after so many terrible losses this season, “the accumulation of disappointment erodes even the most formidable reservoir of goodwill,” writes Dan Graziano of in his discussion of Tom Coughlin.
  • Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch may love Coughlin, but the head coach is making their choice on his future easier with a series of bad losses, writes Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.
  • Jordan Raanan of identifies 13 potential head coaching candidates for the Giants in the event that the team decides to replace Coughlin at season’s end.
  • Wholesale changes to the Chargers‘ coaching staff are necessary, according to Eric D. Williams of That could mean parting ways with head coach Mike McCoy, though Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears from a highly-placed source that team management has mulled the possibility of retaining McCoy and making changes to his staff on both offense and defense.
  • While the Lions would like to get a permanent general manager in place before deciding on the future of head coach Jim Caldwell, sticking to that plan may result in the team missing out on some top candidates, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press observes. At the very least, the club likely wouldn’t be involved in the first interview window for assistants on teams with first-round byes.
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  1. Motown_Madness44

    I not all that sold on why Caldwell needs to be fired? Yes he’s had one bad year but if u look right now stafford is playing very good ball as of late and u have to think it’s due to Caldwell and Jim bob cooter so knowing that I really wouldn’t want to split that chemistry up

    • Luke Adams

      The next general manager could agree with that assessment, but more often than not, when given the choice, new GMs prefer to bring in their own guys. If the Lions finish strong, it could be a tough call — on the other hand, if there are more moments like the last play of that Packers game, I don’t think Caldwell will be sticking around.

    • TheMichigan

      Jim bob cooter has revitalized the offense, Jim Bob Cooter for head coach

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