Monday, December 15, 2014

Tom Coughlin has 99.9 percent chance of returning to Giants: Report

After 11 seasons, it's beginning to sound like Giants fans may be seeing Tom Coughlin at MetLife Stadium for at least one more. And, despite three consecutive playoff misses, Ol' Redface might get one more chance to get things right.

“99.9 percent he’s back,” a source familiar with the club’s thought process told The  N.Y. Post Sunday night.

Quite remarkable, since the odds of the 67-year-old Coughlin returning were at 50-50 only a few weeks ago.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have remained tightlipped on Coughlin's future, which they do after every year, but they have said they plan to meet with the coach after the season.

“I have no comment,” co-owner John Mara said Sunday following the Giants second straight victory — a 24-13 win over the Redskins.

“No comment,” co-owner Steve Tisch added.

This will be the fifth time in six years the Giants have missed the playoffs under Coughlin. Of course, the one year they did quality for the postseason, they won the Super Bowl for the second time during his tenure.

The reasons which have "weighed strongly" on ownership's support of Coughlin include injuries to the Giants this season, Coughlin's ability to remain respected in the locker room, the benefit of keeping offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo for another season.

And don't forget the stability he provides to quarterback Eli Manning — the only head coach he has ever played for.

Loyalty carries a lot of heft in the Giants' philosophy of making decisions but, those two Super Bowl rings sure carry a lot of weight too.

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