« M E N U »
 » Showcase Index
TSX Premium Products
 PRODUCT SAMPLES
« NFL »
 » Team Reports
 » Daily Notebook
 » Player News Wire
 » NFL GameScout
 » NFL Game Previews
 » Around The League
 » NFL Column
 
« NFL Draft »
 » Player Rankings
 » NFL Draft Bios
 » NFL Draft Columns
 
« NCAA Football »
 » Team Reports
 » Daily Notebook
 » Game Scout
 » Player News Wire
 » Player News by Pos
 
« MLB »
 » Game Stories
 » Team Reports
 » Daily Notebook
 » Player News Wire
 » MLB Column
 
« NBA »
 » Team Reports
 » Player News Wire
 » NBA Column
 
« NHL »
 » Team Reports
 » Player News Wire
 » NHL Column
 
« NCAA Basketball »
 » Team Reports
 » Daily Notebook
 » March Madness
 
« NASCAR »
 » Series Reports
 » Driver Notes
 
« Golf »
 » Insider Report
 » Tour Rankings
 
 
« Multisport »
 »This Week in History
New York Giants
INSIDE SLANT

  Inside Slant | Notes, Quotes | Strategy and Personnel | Player Wire

  Tom Coughlin received job security when the New York Giants announced that his contract was extended through the 2016 season. It also ensures that he won't be coaching in the final year of his contract.

Although the Giants missed the playoffs each of the past three seasons, the team was widely expected to bring back the coach who guided the club to Super Bowl titles after the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

Asked about his contract status last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Coughlin said, "Security? Security? There's 32 guys coaching one year at a time."

Coughlin, 68, owns a 96-80 regular-season record in 11 seasons with the Giants, plus an 8-3 postseason mark. He was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995 to 2002, posting a 68-60 regular-season record and a 4-4 postseason record. He twice guided the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game.

Only Steve Owen, who led the team from 1931 to 1953, was in charge of the Giants for a longer stint than Coughlin.

At the combine last month, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, when asked about defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, said that the goal is to see the 26-year-old pass rusher "retire as a Giant."

The Giants took a step toward making that happen on March 2 when they applied the non-exclusive franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, the team's 2014 leader in sacks (12.5) and quarterback hits (21).

Pierre-Paul, the Giants' first-round pick in 2010, became only the fourth Giant to earn the franchise tag designation since its introduction, joining offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott (1983), running back Brandon Jacobs (2009) and punter Steve Weatherford (2012) as the others.

The decision to apply the non-exclusive franchise tag on Pierre-Paul will eat up $14.813 of the Giants' salary-cap space, but will also allow the team to negotiate a long-term deal with the 2011 Pro Bowl defensive end that is easier on their cap moving forward.

While a long-term deal is desirable, the Giants could also potentially be willing to let Pierre-Paul play out the 2015 season under the salary cap if they are unsure about whether he can be that consistent force two years in a row.

In his year-end press conference in December, general manager Jerry Reese hardly sounded like a man ready to open up the team's checkbook for Pierre-Paul.

"I think at the beginning of the season he wasn't playing like he played at the end of the season," Reese said in his assessment of Pierre-Paul's play. "The second half of the season, he came on really strong and played like we thought he should play. The guy has some ability to be a game changer. We didn't see enough of that in the first half of the season."

Therein lies the other dilemma the Giants face in deciding whether to dish out a hefty contract to Pierre-Paul. When healthy, the pass rusher has been very productive. However, he has had back and shoulder issues, and was spotted wearing an elbow brace toward the end of last season.

While Pierre-Paul didn't miss any games in 2014 because of any ailments that might have been bothering him, his statistical totals still feel short of his 2011 Pro Bowl season, which could be a reason for trepidation on the Giants' part as far as handing out a long-term deal for big money.

By letting Pierre-Paul play on the franchise tag, it would be a win-win situation for both sides. Pierre-Paul would receive a guaranteed salary that is up there with the league's top defensive ends and the Giants could see if he is over the hump regarding his injuries. If he is, then they could tag him again in 2016 while trying to work out a deal. If he isn't, they could cut bait and move on.


 NFL Team, Player News
AFC EAST
NFC EAST
Bills  Team   Player Cowboys  Team   Player
Dolphins  Team  Player Giants  Team  Player
Patriots  Team  Player Eagles  Team  Player
Jets  Team  Player Redskins  Team  Player
AFC NORTH
NFC NORTH
Ravens  Team  Player Bears  Team  Player
Bengals  Team  Player Lions  Team  Player
Browns  Team  Player Packers  Team  Player
Steelers  Team  Player Vikings  Team  Player
AFC SOUTH
NFC SOUTH
Texans  Team  Player Falcons  Team  Player
Colts  Team  Player Panthers  Team  Player
Jaguars  Team  Player Saints  Team  Player
Titans  Team  Player Bucs  Team  Player
AFC WEST
NFC WEST
Broncos  Team  Player Cardinals  Team  Player
Chiefs  Team  Player Rams  Team  Player
Raiders  Team  Player 49ers  Team  Player
Chargers  Team  Player Seahawks  Team  Player