It had become an annual New York City tradition no less routine than the Rockettes hitting Radio City or the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.
Every December, usually around the second or third Monday of the month, New York City's sports-talk radio stations' phone lines would light up with callers demanding one thing:
"Fire Tom Coughlin!"
Whether it was Mike Francesa's midday show on WFAN, Mike Lupica's over on ESPN radio or the FAN's overnight show with Marc Malusis, the "Fire Coughlin" sentiment had become as synonymous with December as the snow on the ground.
But through it all -- through the collapse after Plaxico Burress' arrest in '08, the horrible losses to close the '09 season against Carolina and Minnesota, and the DeSean Jackson punt return in '10 -- Coughlin stuck around.
After a storybook Super Bowl championship season in 2011, Coughlin finally was rewarded Wednesday, and given the much-dese...