Thursday, January 2, 2014
Big Blue Morning: Tough talks
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
The New York Giants today will begin their offseason meetings, which aren't going to be a lot of fun. Everyone is being evaluated, as coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese like to say, and the feeling around the organization is that Coughlin will be asked to make changes to his coaching staff. Specifically, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is in danger of losing his job.
History suggests that Giants ownership won't order Coughlin to fire Gilbride. But if John Mara makes it clear that he wants Gilbride out and Coughlin pushes back, the dispute that arises could change the dynamic between Coughlin and the Giants a bit. Coughlin has said he wants to be back as head coach. Mara has said he wants Coughlin back as head coach. Coughlin has one year left on his contract. The most likely outcome is that Coughlin returns for 2014, but there's no way to predict what's going to happen in these meetings, what Coughlin will be asked to do in terms of his coaching staff, or the length of his deal and how he'll react if and when he's asked to do something he doesn't want to do.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, meanwhile, is thought to be safe, but is drawing interest from the Washington Redskins for their vacant head coaching position, as Josina Anderson reported Wednesday. The Giants will grant the Redskins permission to talk to Fewell, and if he were to get that job, they would need to hunt for a new defensive coordinator.
So we'll keep an eye and an ear out on all of this stuff and keep you posted as we get information here in the coming days. We also have a bunch of end-of-season wrap-up stuff running today, so enjoy that while you wait.