Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese On Hot Seat?

FRIDAY, 8:06am: A source familiar with the Giants’ thinking tells Steve Serby of the New York Post that Coughlin’s seat is hotter than Reese’s. The GM is expected to be safe even if New York misses the playoffs this season, according to Selby’s source.

THURSDAY, 2:51pm: Although the Giants head into Week 13 tied for first place in the NFC East, they have lost back-to-back games and has a sub-.500 record, having failed to pull away with the division when they had the chance. The season has been a frustrating one for co-owner Steve Tisch, who “made it clear” that ownership considers the home stretch of the season “win-or-else time” for the franchise, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

“Under Coach [Tom] Coughlin, we’re fighters,” Tisch said. “[But] sometimes we fight harder than the previous week. We’ve got to stay focused and go out there as a team.”

When asked if the final five games of the season were particularly important for Coughlin and Jerry Reese, Tisch didn’t exactly offer a ringing vote of confidence for either the head coach or the general manager, according to Hubbuch. Although Tisch said the discussion on Coughlin and Reese wasn’t one to have today, he noted, “I certainly don’t want to disappoint our fans as we get into the last month of Giants football,” adding that he “would not be happy” if the team’s season ended on January 3.

Coughlin has been the Giants’ head coach since the 2004 season, and Reese has handled GM duties since 2007, so the club won’t make any hasty decisions on their respective futures. Still, New York has missed the playoffs for the last three seasons, finishing below .500 in each of the last two, and ownership didn’t deny last winter that 2015 would be a make-or-break year for the franchise’s brain trust.

Another losing season without a postseason berth would be particularly difficult to swallow, given how bad the Giants’ NFC East rivals have been. With five weeks left in the regular season, New York still has plenty of time to make a late-season run and win the East, and should even have a little margin for error. But if the Giants lose three or four more games and finish outside the playoff picture, the team could be in the market for a new coach or GM, or both.

Coughlin is currently under contract through the 2016 season.

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4 comments on “Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese On Hot Seat?

  1. Connor Byrne

    Not unfair on Tisch’s part. Reese and Coughlin were resounding successes earlier in their tenures with the Giants, but that’s bordering on ancient history. The Giants have been well below average during their playoff drought, having gone 27-32 since their Super Bowl in in 2011-12. There’s really no excuse to run that drought to four years playing in the currently horrific NFC East, which should’ve been the Giants’ to win thanks to Tony Romo’s lost season.

  2. drum18

    If NY misses the playoffs again I see no reason to keep either around. Given how the organization handles such things, Coughlin should go out with class and I’m sure it will be handled as such.
    Reese on the other hand…Jerry should be getting his resume ready for Black Monday.

  3. Sam Robinson

    This still seems a bit premature, as only one other coach/GM power structure in the game has multiple titles, but not shocking. A playoff absence in a year where their rivals are handing it to the Giants — although their offensive line injuries now have to be factored into this equation — makes four straight years. If it’s not this year, it’s definitely next year. Big Blue’s current roster just doesn’t match up to the NFC’s other contenders’.

  4. Snorgator

    Coughlin needs to go, the Giants position is lucrative enough they may be able to lure a big time coach from the NCAA. Reese I’m not so sure. Had some terrible moves early on but drafted impressively last two years, and made some shrewd dig kings this offseason. I could see Tisch being unforgiving for his bad calls though and would have no problem with either being gone

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