Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that the New York Giants will begin their post-season evaluation process today, as the team looks to improve upon a 7-9 season. New York finished out of the playoffs for a second consecutive season, and for the fourth time in the past five years.
At a press conference on Monday, Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin indicated that he would like to return for an 11th season, a sentiment echoed by team owner John Mara and general manger Jerry Reese. But Hutchinson reports that a sticking point to Coughlin's return may be the desire to keep his entire coaching staff intact.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride continues to occupy the organizational hot seat, as even Mara conceded on Monday that "our offense is broken and needs to be fixed." What remains unclear at this point is the level of support that Coughlin will give to Gilbride in the organizational meetings, and how that might play out over the next week.
Hutchinson reports, "If Coughlin decides to fall on his sword in defense of Gilbride, this could be the perfect time for the Giants to make a clean break from the Coughlin era and start anew."
Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn has also come under fire this season for the poor performance of his unit, which allowed several return touchdowns this season.
Meanwhile, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Washington Redskins have asked the Giants for permission to speak with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell about their heading coaching vacancy. NFL teams are required to interview minority candidates for head coaching and executive positions, according to the "Rooney Rule" which was implemented in 2003.
If you are keeping score, the G-men go into their 2014 strategic planning session with the possibility of having no changes or three new coordinators when the season begins. Time will tell.