Why Tom Coughlin should retire at the end of the season
The team's defense continues to be porous, the offense is inconsistent, Eli Manning continues to turn the ball over at a horrible rate and more importantly, the Giants have not come close to playing a winning brand of football. Basically put, the Giants have hit deeper than rock bottom and do not appear to be doing anything to dig themselves out.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and the NFL Network, per high-ranking team source, it is believed that Coughlin will be given the opportunity to choose what he wants to do at the end of the season. Rapoport also Tweeted that sources close to Coughlin think he will want to return in 2014 to lead this team.
While Coughlin has the right to make this decision, one would probably think that he may want to go in the other direction and retire. There are several reasons why retirement may be the way to go for Coughlin.
For starters, he has done it all in terms of NFL coaching. He has led teams to the postseason, he has won two Super Bowls, he has had successful regular seasons and he is someone who has rebuilt team systems in order to get them to be successful.
What is their left to accomplish? He has done everything an NFL head coach dreams of and plans on before every season begins.
Secondly, if the Giants are playing this poorly now, what makes Coughlin so sure that they would be better next season? Obviously, injuries have hurt the Giants this year but even if everyone was healthy, they would still be turning the ball over and having trouble on defense.
Yes, the Giants have several talented players and yes, this could just be a really, really bad season for the Giants but their poor play this season has to be extremely alarming for a coach who has seen just about everything in this league. Will Coughlin have the strength both mentally and physically to get this team out of the basement next season?
Lastly, no one would blame Coughlin for retiring at the end of the season. He has done right by the organization for over nine seasons and really does not have to prove anything else to anyone in the organization or even to the fans.
Obviously, it is always tough to leave a professional sport on a losing note but if Coughlin were to retire at the end of the season, one would have to believe that people would understand why and would respect him for it.
Coughlin has done a lot for this game and the Giants and does not need to give anything else to the sport or to this franchise. It is time for him to retire and let someone else take control of a team that could be headed down the wrong path for the next few seasons.