Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese returning to Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD (AP) -- The New York Giants are sticking with their coach and general manager after a second straight losing season.
Co-owner John Mara announced Tuesday that coach Tom Coughlin will return for a 12th season and Jerry Reese will be back as GM despite an "embarrassing" 6-10 record.
"Right now I think Tom gives us the best chance to win going forward," Mara said, noting he felt like firing everyone in the organization after a loss at Jacksonville in late November, the last in a seven-game losing streak.
Coughlin has a year left on his contract and Mara said the two would discuss it, but did not indicate if the coach would get an extension. The 68-year-old Coughlin joked he would like a 10-year extension.
"I had never considered not being (back)," Coughlin said.
The decision came a day after the Jets - who share ownership of MetLife Stadium with the Giants - fired coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik.
Mara said Coughlin will decide if there are to be any changes to the coaching staff.
The Giants finished 30th in the league in defense. Their special teams unit struggled at times. The play has put the status of coordinators Perry Fewell and Tom Quinn in doubt.
Mara added that he still believes in Coughlin as a leader. He also is optimistic about next season because of the play of several rookies, notably Odell Beckham Jr., and that the team never quit after losing seven games in a row and being beset by injured that landed 22 players on injured reserve.
Reese, who also has been under fire, has had two very good draft classes, and Mara said he needs another.
Mara stressed that everyone in the organization will be on the spot next season. When asked if it was a win or else season, he was blunt: "I don't think that is an unfair statement."
Mara said he would like to have defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Antrel Rolle back next season, but only if the free agents can be signed for the right price. He added that the Giants are considering using a franchise tag on Pierre-Paul.
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