Monday fairly quiet as Giants' Coughlin resigns
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[January 05, 2016]
By Larry Fine
(Reuters) - Black Monday, the often bloody
day for axing coaches following the NFL's regular season finale, passed
quietly this year as Tom Coughlin's exit from the New York Giants was
the only new opening in the coaching carousel.
The departure of Coughlin, 69, after 12 years and two Super Bowl
wins was technically a resignation as he issued a statement to say
it was in the best interests of the club for him to "step down" but
it was widely believed the coach was keen to continue.
The Giants, coming off their third consecutive losing season and
fourth in a row without a playoff berth, join the Cleveland Browns,
San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and
Tennessee Titans as teams shopping for a new head coach.
The Browns and Niners wielded the ax on Sunday, while the Eagles,
Dolphins and Titans finished the season with interim coaches who are
longshots to remain at the helm.
The Indianapolis Colts appeared ready to enter the fray as they had
scheduled a news conference for Monday to make an announcement about
beleaguered head coach Chuck Pagano.
But over an hour after the expected start of the press conference,
the Colts called it off for Monday leaving an air of suspense about
the top of a coaching staff that will try to turn around an 8-8
season that left them outside the playoffs.
The Giants job is an alluring National Football League destination
as the critical quarterback position is already well staffed.
The tradition-rich Giants have Eli Manning set as their signal
caller. Manning, a 12-year veteran, is a two-time Super Bowl most
valuable player and the current iron man at the position with an
ongoing 183 consecutive starts.
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Manning, who turned 35 on Sunday, is coming off a year in which he
threw 35 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions.
Among the leading candidates for NFL head coaching spots are
accomplished coaches currently on other NFL staffs, including
offensive coordinators Hue Jackson (Cincinnati), Josh McDaniels (New
England), Adam Gase (Chicago) and Mike Shula (Carolina).
Defensive coordinators considered to be strong prospects include
Sean McDermott (Carolina) and Teryl Austin (Detroit), along with
Jacksonville assistant head coach Doug Marrone.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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