Giants owe it to Coughlin on Sunday

After altering his hard-nosed coaching style, the players must help Coughlin save his job

Updated: January 2, 2011, 12:19 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The players owe Tom Coughlin this one. Oh, yes they do. Sunday afternoon, the Eli Mannings and Justin Tucks and the rest of the core New York Giants need to pay back their head coach for calling the most difficult audible of his distinguished football life.

Coughlin altered his entire being following the 2006 season, embracing a sort-of-kinder, sort-of-gentler approach with the players and the media. If you think this was a move that came easily to him, then you ...

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