Some thoughts on the big picture.... a broad view of the Giants and the season just completed as provided by my good friend and fellow Giant analyst, Ray, copied and pasted from an email he sent me. As you will see, this was sent right after the Redskins game, before Mara confirmed in the locker room that Coughlin would be coming back. Ray's prediction of his return was accurate. His thoughts to follow....
Though I do not think Coughlin will be fired, because 10-6 is actually pretty respectable, this was a team with 13 win talent that underachieved. I understand that there were some major injuries, but that is what depth is for. Both coordinators should be replaced, but I doubt that will happen either.
The QB had a good year, especially with the makeshift receiving corps, but: 1-he is wild-high too often, 2-his decisions are often awful (the lack of a slide on his first half run and the late lateral to Bradshaw were yesterday's examples) and 3-he did not complete a long ball ( over 40 yards in the air) all year (he badly missed Manningham yesterday).
The linebackers are really awful against the pass, allowing the quick release completions that were the staple of opponents game plans late in the year. How does Grossmqn throw for over 300 against this defense? We have three good cb's and three good safeties, but we have to stop trying to use them to cover for poor linebacking.
Special teams coach also has to go, and we need a new punter.
Also need some new blood at rb. Bradshaw ran out of gas - he is not physically up to the load he carried this year, and he was not very good late in the year. Jacobs was very inconsistent -some good games/runs, and some not-so-good ones.
And, we were pretty bad for the last nine quarters of the year. We never did recover from Philly (a three point win over a bad team was not impressive). I just hope that we can be fresh mentally next year.
One more point - we have to begin to compensate for players still recovering from injuries Osi was bad last year - almost got traded - and look his 2010. Phillips will be much better next year - he was only so-so this year, and Smith and Hixon, and maybe Seubert, will have average-at-best recovery seasons next year. So we will need help at c and wr next year.
It was a season of great opportunity, fumbled away by both players and coaches.