Monday, December 31, 2012
Changes loom, but not for coaching staff
By Ohm Youngmisuk
The Giants may part ways with a few players, but Perry Fewell and the coaching staff are safe.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Tom Coughlin says he has no intentions of making any changes to his coaching staff one day after the defending Super Bowl champions missed the postseason.
When asked if Perry Fewell is still his defensive coordinator moving forward after overseeing a unit that finished 31st in total defense, Coughlin replied, “He is.” A source confirmed Fewell, along with other assistants, had their contracts extended after the Giants' Super Bowl victory last February. Fewell's contract is extended through 2013 as reported by the New York Daily News.
Both Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese believe the Giants still have a championship-contending core that will require some changes to the roster.
“I don’t think we are that far off to be honest with you,” a disappointed Reese said on Monday. “This team will look a little differently next year but I think there’s a good core of players coming back and we will see what we can do in each offseason.”
“The evaluation process will take care of itself,” Reese said when asked about Umenyiora’s future with the Giants. “Osi has been a terrific player for us. He is one of my all-time favorite players in the National Football League, not just Giants.
“I was happy to see him stay healthy this season and he is another guy that has got some tread left on his tires and still got a lot of football left in him.”
One player Reese wants to keep around for years is Victor Cruz. Both sides could not agree to an extension during the season. The receiver will be a restricted free agent unless both sides work out a new deal.
"We talked a little during the season about an extension with him, but obviously it didn’t work out," Reese said. "We’ll see what happens during this offseason."
Cruz has remained positive about working out a new deal and said the parameters of an extension have been discussed.