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07:11 AM ET 10.03 | Flash back to a sunny day in July when John Mara surveyed the practice of a Giants team with Super Bowl aspirations. But his serenity was interrupted by a question that began like this: Isn't it nice to finally have a coach who has earned the right to coach as long as he wanted ... That's when Mara looked away ... and cringed. That was not at all a reflection of his thoughts on Tom Coughlin or any sign that the coach's job security was waning. It was simply a reminder that Mara hates absolutes and that there are no promises in the professional sports business. Both Mara and Giants GM Jerry Reese were very clear that day that they hoped Coughlin would be the Giants coach forever. But forever is a very long time. And if Coughlin truly wants to retire on his own terms someday, the truth is this: He has to win.

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October 3, 2013  07:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It's the media again...Coughlin isn't going anywhere

I wouldn't think so Eli. Coaches that win SB's don't usually get run out.

October 3, 2013  07:24 AM ET

As much as the Giants' current plight amuses me, I have to admit that they have been a well managed and well coached team over the years. Right now, they've got some pains resulting from the inevitable defections after SB wins, and just plain old age. They've got some diva issues, too. But, that's not Coughlin's fault. In fact, he's a big part of their success, so the grief that comes later is also his cross to bear.

October 3, 2013  07:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Coaches that win SB's don't usually get run out.

Actually, they do. So do managers who win a World Series for your team for the first time in 86 years.

October 3, 2013  07:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Actually, they do. So do managers who win a World Series for your team for the first time in 86 years.

and didn't that turn out so well...trading Tito for Bobby V. Biggest disaster in Boston since the Big Dig.

October 3, 2013  07:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Actually, they do. So do managers who win a World Series for your team for the first time in 86 years.

and I did say 'don't usually'. There are always the stupid exceptions (Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson), etc.

October 3, 2013  07:45 AM ET
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and I did say 'don't usually'. There are always the stupid exceptions (Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson), etc.

Don Shula. Tom Landry. Tony Dungy (Tampa Bay). Joe Torre.

October 3, 2013  07:46 AM ET
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and didn't that turn out so well...trading Tito for Bobby V. Biggest disaster in Boston since the Big Dig.

And now they have home field throughout and a manager ofthe year candidate in Farrell. It may have worked out better than you assume.

October 3, 2013  07:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It's the media again...Coughlin isn't going anywhere

Funny group... they seem to thrive on this stuff.

October 3, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

And now they have home field throughout and a manager ofthe year candidate in Farrell. It may have worked out better than you assume.

Yeah. I thought of Bobby V as a "transitional" manager, sort of like churches go with an "interim" pastor when the old guy who's been there since the Reformation kicks it. It's worked out for our Sox.

October 3, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Coughlin Not Immune

But I am! Got my flu shot yesterday. So, if you get the flu from FN, you can't blame me.

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October 3, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Regardless, it will not be decided during the season. Plenty of time this winter for that stuff. When teams go bad it is usually because of actions by a lot of people.

October 3, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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Coughlin Not ImmuneBut I am! Got my flu shot yesterday. So, if you get the flu from FN, you can't blame me.

I'll wash my hands after using my keyboard just in case.

October 3, 2013  08:46 AM ET

I'd hate to see T.C.'s coaching career end on a sour note.

October 3, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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I'd hate to see T.C.'s coaching career end on a sour note.

It may end on a losing season, but it won't end on a sour note. I don't think either Coughlin or the Giants would let it get too messy if they think his time there has reached its end.

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October 3, 2013  09:11 AM ET

I like Coughlin, and I think he was brought in at the right time and he turned the Giants around from a sloppy, undisciplined team to a SB winner. But every coach has a shelf life, and every team needs a change after a while. I don't see the Giants turning things around this year, so for better or worse, this may be it for him.

October 3, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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I like Coughlin, and I think he was brought in at the right time and he turned the Giants around from a sloppy, undisciplined team to a SB winner. But every coach has a shelf life, and every team needs a change after a while. I don't see the Giants turning things around this year, so for better or worse, this may be it for him.

I see a one year deal at seasons end. You have next year. The Walt Alston way from here on out. Possibly two years knowing the second year will not be filled except with the obligatory thank you and good bye money .

 
October 3, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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As much as the Giants' current plight amuses me, I have to admit that they have been a well managed and well coached team over the years. Right now, they've got some pains resulting from the inevitable defections after SB wins, and just plain old age. They've got some diva issues, too. But, that's not Coughlin's fault. In fact, he's a big part of their success, so the grief that comes later is also his cross to bear.

Victor Cruz is coming a diva right before our eyes. He better shape up. Didn't like that he threw Coughlin under the bus in a post game interview. Shut it and play.

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