Giants stay the course with Tom Coughlin

The New York Giants missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, but co-owner John Mara made it clear Sunday evening that coach Tom Coughlin would return in 2011. Mara had met with Coughlin last week to express his support, but following the Giants' 17-14 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, he made his feelings known to the public:

"I'm proud of how the players battled through the injuries," said Mara. "I think that is a testament to the coach. In this society, everybody wants to fire the coach all the time. The Yankees get knocked off in the playoffs, everybody wants to fire the manager.

"Well, we don't do that here. He's going to be our coach. Because I believe in the guy, I believe in stability, you can't build anything if you are constantly making changes and firing people. That is not our culture and it is just not what we believe in. We know this guy is a good coach and we want him to lead us into next season."

That's a pretty powerful statement, but we'll know more about where Mara and Steve Tisch stand when they decide whether or not to add another year to Coughlin's contract, which expires following the 2011 season.