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The New York Giants are 0-3 and while no one seems to be in a panic, they all have to be wondering if head coach Tom Coughlin can save the Giants from an 0-4 start and a possible losing season.Tom Coughlin is one of the best head coaches in the NFL today. He has had an amazing career going all the way back to his days in Jacksonville. He took an expansion franchise and made it into a playoff team in just a few years. Not many coaches know how to build teams and turn franchises around in a short amount of time. In 2004 he became the New York Giants head coach and coming along with him was Eli Manning. In three years time these two men would shock the world with the most unanticipated playoff run, and an unimaginable Super Bowl victory when they beat the undefeated Patriots.
After a few up and down seasons in 2011 they made the playoffs with a 9-7 record. They found their magic again and marched straight to the Super Bowl. They beat the Patriots again in a classic match. With a resume like this Tom Coughlin’s, fans all know that he will be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame someday.
Fast forward to now, the New York Giants are 0-3 and Tom Coughlin has probably the biggest up hill battle of his career. He has to try to save the Giants season before it is too late. The big questions are what can he do and how will he do it? This 0-3 start is just shocking and unexpected, and no body on the Giants can really say what is causing this kind of performance?
Outside of losing Pro Bowl safety Stevie Brown to a season ending ACL injury no one else on the Giants has suffered anything major. Jason Pierre-Paul, Chris Snee, and David Baas are still recovering from their off season surgery. Snee and Baas have being playing a lot of downs since the recovered, and they must have some lingering pains that are affecting their play.
It is going to take a lot more than just having all the starters healthy for a game. Where do you even start with this team? Does he start with the anemic offense that has no running game, and an offensive line that allowed seven sacks on Eli? Does coach Coughlin start with the defense and their non existing pass rush, a linebacker core that can make a play on defense, or the inconsistent secondary that can make a great play one minute and for the rest of the game the cannot cover anyone?
Does he start with the coaching staff and how the offense and defensive coordinators are doing their jobs? Does coach Coughlin examine their game prep a little more closely? Do you start second guessing the plays they call? Do you even take their play calling privileges away?
Does coach Coughlin start looking at what he is doing as the head coach? Maybe he needs to change his strategy? Does he go back to being the scary old head coach that yells at everyone? Maybe there is something that he is doing or not doing that can change some of this around? Tom Coughlin needs to find his magic coaching bag that will help him turn this season around fast, and Tom Coughlin is definitely the coach to turn this team around during the season. The Giants players all respect him and enjoy playing for him, and they will rally around him. As long as he is their head coach he will not quit on them and they will not quit on him.
This Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is a must win, that goes without saying. Whether then do win or lose they need to at least show improvement in their play, they cannot come out flat again. They have to come out swinging and pushing the petal to the metal. They have to act like a prize fighter in the 12 round who has been losing the entire match and just gives his all in the last round. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain this Sunday. If they win they keep hope alive that they can turn the season around. However; no matter the outcome they cannot show the frustration and sense of defeat that they showed Carolina. They have to fight from whistle to whistle, and if Tom Coughlin can coach this team to victory on Sunday it will show why you do not count out a two time Super Bowl winning coach.