Coughlin’s name had come up in speculation about ‘Black Monday’ departures but the 68-year-old will be back for a 12th year despite just bringing an end to a second straight season of struggles.
Giants co-owner John Mara revealed on Tuesday that Coughlin will return and general manager Jerry Reese will be back despite what he calls an “embarrassing” 6-10 record.
Mara said he still believed in Coughlin and is optimistic about their future, especially given the performances of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham Jr was among the league leaders with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Coughlin is expected to try and build an offense around him next season along with coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Mara said decisions about the retention of current coaching staff members would be left to Coughlin as doubts continue to swirl about defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
“It’s been a very difficult year for our fans. It’s been even a more difficult year for me because I don’t stomach this very well but I do think there is reason for optimism,” Mara said.
“I think we’ll be a much better team next season but we’re going to have to prove that, because just talking about it is not very convincing right now but we still believe in this coach and this staff and in our organization.”
lack Monday (and late Sunday) saw four NFL head coaches lose their jobs; San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh, Rex Ryan of the New York Jets; Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman and Atlanta Falcons’ chief Mike Smith.