Baseball Crank
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January 8, 2007
FOOTBALL: Time for Pitchers and Catchers

Well, the NFL season ended in a hurry in New York (not that this was any great surprise on either count), and with the Knicks done for the decade that leaves us non-hockey fans to await baseball season.

Not to take anything away from the Eagles' victory (although watching the game you had to question if either team really deserved to win), but this one felt, most of all, like the Giants just ran out of time as opposed to getting beat. At the end, though, they just didn't have the old Big Blue defensive stoppers.

It's a shame, of course, that the Giants weren't better positioned to capitalize on the seasons Tiki had the last two years; with his retirement it seems vanishingly unlikely they will be a playoff team next year. We'll see soon enough if Coughlin comes back (or if the Giants decide to get a coach who can keep his players from getting whistled every other down). Either way, next year has to be Manning's last in New York unless he steps up in a major way - if his name was Eli Jones he might well have to battle to keep his starting job after this one.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:24 AM | Football | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

For a guy known as a hard-ass coach that is a very undisciplined team. If they bring him back without an extension the inmates will be even less likely to follow him. They are blowing off next year if they do that.

Posted by: largebill at January 8, 2007 12:09 PM

They're an undisciplined team BECAUSE of their head coach. They hate him so much that if he said the sky was blue they would disagree. His act is so thin you could make computer chips on it. Bye bye TC, hello Charlie Weis.

Posted by: SJGMoney at January 8, 2007 1:12 PM

I would not generally fire a coach after three years and two consecutive playoff appearances. But the disdain for Coughlin in the media is likely to make him a dead man coaching if he returns next season, which is something any team ought to try to avoid. I also think that it would speed the process of evaluating Eli to bring in a new coach - if a second coaching staff can't get him to play better, they'll at least waste one less year figuring it out.

Posted by: Jerry at January 8, 2007 2:08 PM

No way do they admit Manning is a bust after next year. Two more years of Manning throwing off his back foot, minimum.

Posted by: A.S. at January 8, 2007 2:17 PM

It is not disdain from the media, it's disdain form his own players!!!! They hate this friggin guy, and just won't play hard for him. Name one other coach who has had his abilities questioned so much by his players. Even media savvy and usually "vanilla" players like Tiki Barber have questioned his coaching skills. Rich Kotite never even had that problem!!!

Posted by: SJGMoney at January 8, 2007 2:37 PM

I agree with you Crank! It's time for baseball. Football starts after the World Series and is filler for when golf isn't on.

Posted by: maddirishman at January 8, 2007 2:49 PM

Coughlin's rep as a disciplinarian is from his personality as a "stern taskmaster," which is another way of saying loudmouth bully. A true top level manager treats everyone in ways that makes a company/group/whatever perform in an optimal way. John McGraw may have been tough, but not with Matty. Mangini is young, but learned proper management techniques, probably from the HC of the NEP.

You aren't a good boss if you set a meeting time, and expect everyone early. You are a good boss if you set the meeting time, and everyone wants to show up early. I guess he's better than Rich Kotite, but he has not proven he can manage a modern NFL team. But, more importantly, Willie Randolph has. 28 more days......

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at January 8, 2007 3:32 PM

I don't like the big mouths that are on the Giants but I can't blame them or anyone else for not being impressed by Coughlin's tough guy act. If a guy is going to play games like Coughlin does then he better bring the goods on game day or his act will wear thin in a very short time.

Posted by: andrew at January 8, 2007 4:31 PM

"the HC of the NEP." Nicely done, that will never get old.

Posted by: abe at January 8, 2007 10:39 PM
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