Tom Coughlin ‘close’ to being surprised by Chip Kelly’s dismissal
Tom Coughlin saw one of his NFC East head coaching colleagues get axed Tuesday indicated that little surprises him these days after a long career where he’s seen it all. But the Philadelphia Eagles’ dismissal of Chip Kelly came pretty close to surprising the veteran New York Giants head coach.
With the Giants playing out the string in a disappointing season with its finale Sunday against the now-Kelly-less Eagles, Coughlin weighed in on a firing that shocked many in NFL circles.
“Quite frankly, I’m not surprised by anything in this business,” Coughlin said Wednesday, via NJ.com. “But that one was close.”
The longtime Giants coach said he always feels bad anytime one of his NFL coaching brethren gets cut loose.
“I always respond right away,” Coughlin said, “that I don’t like to see anyone lose a job.”
Couglin expressed concern that outside distractions, like an opponent experiencing coaching upheaval, would take away focus from players that have little to play for but pride. And that doesn’t even take into account the uncertainty surrounding Coughlin’s future with the Giants.
Coughlin over the weeks has grown increasingly weary of answering questions about whether or not he will be leading the Giants next season and insisted the only thing he’s focused on is Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
“I’m going to prepare myself and our team as best we can for this game, period,” he said, via the New York Daily News.
When pressed further by reporters later about his future, Coughlin adamantly doubled-down.
“I am preparing for this game,” he said. “That’s the best I can do.”
The Giants arguably have cause to cut ties with Coughlin on Black Monday after such a disappointing season — especially given the sub-par 7-9 and 6-10 seasons that preceded it. But it will be interesting to watch how the Giants handle cutting ties with a coach — if that indeed occurs — whose steady leadership over the past 12 seasons translated into two Super Bowl championships.