Tom Coughlin said he’d evaluate Bill Sheridan’s performance as a first-year defensive coordinator and decide whether or not he’ll be back next season. John Mara seems to have completed his evaluation.
“The status quo is not acceptable on any level,” the Giants’ President and CEO said on a length discussion on the state of the team following it’s disappointing 8-8 season. “I’m not going to get into specific positions, but we need to do something and I will be expecting (Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese) to give me their recommendations on what they want to do. Ultimately we’ll either approve it or not approve it.”
And if Coughlin, who is known to be fiercely loyal to his assistants, decides that Sheridan should stay? Mara sighed at that possibility before putting his foot down.
“You’d like to let the head coach make the final decision on those things, but no, that would be a tough one to swallow,” he said. “The status quo, after what we just went through, is just not acceptable.”
UPDATE: Apparently that edict was enough to put the wheels in motion as a few hours after Mara spoke, the Giants announced that Sheridan had been dismissed as coordinator.
The Giants had one of the top defenses in the NFL the previous two seasons under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. This year, with Sheridan at the top and the addition of some high-priced free agents on defense, the Giants sunk to depths that even Sheridan himself described as unimaginable last week.
They allowed 427 points this season, second most in franchise history, and third-most in the league. Only the lowly Lions and Rams (coached, incidentally, by Spagnuolo) allowed more than the Giants, who let up 40 or more points in five games.
Coughlin allowed for input from Reese and ownership, but ultimately called the fate of Sheridan and all the coaches “my decision.” Reese said: “We like coach Coughlin to have his call on the people he would like to bring in on his coaching staff.”
Mara seemed content with that … just so long as changes are made.
“Tom’s going to talk to his coaches and he and Jerry will meet and I’ll be meeting with them,” he said. “We don’t have any formal procedure. There’ll be a lot of discussion, though, over the next couple of weeks.”
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