First published on Examiner
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is no stranger to criticism from media and fans. He has managed to survive through rough patches while with the Giants, unlike Wade Phillips in Dallas. Coughlin does think the coaching change presents a different challenge for New York this weekend.
“Well, I would imagine that there will be something different.” Coughlin said on Wednesday. “There’s no doubt. Paul Pasqualoni being the defensive coordinator, having returned back from Miami where he was the defense coordinator there – he’s been there with Wade, been to all of the meetings and probably has some ideas of his own that we may see, but we’ve done a little research on that. Whether or not there will be something we would be surprised by, I’m not sure…I’m sure that they’re going to do whatever is in the best interests of their team, regardless of what they’ve done in the past. We’ve got to somehow be ready for all of that.”
Coughlin does see the coaching change as somewhat of a “sign of life” for a team that most have looked at as dead in the water for the past three weeks (at least). When asked if Jason Garrett would be a “spark” for the Cowboys, Coughlin stated “I have a sense that it would be and I think that there are a lot of reasons for that and some of them are what has been stated – that everyone is up for evaluation. The indication that no job is safe and that everyone in the program is being evaluated.”
Coughlin also said that he has not spoken to the fired Phillips, and that he doesn’t know Phillips personally. Coughlin did wish the former head coach and his family all the best.
For the most part, football analysts around the New York area are in agreement that Jason Garrett will lead the Cowboys to at least a few “spoiler” victories in 2010; just not six days after being hired. You can be sure that Tom Coughlin is taking nothing for granted, however, as he certainly doesn’t want his team to fall asleep during what should be an easy win at home against arguably the worst team in football.
All quotes via New York Giants Communications Office