Odell Beckham Jr. could save jobs of Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese, per report
The bright future promised by the star receiver’s rookie season might just be enough to convince Giants brass to hang onto both their head coach and GM for another year.
As the New York Giants limp through a second consecutive losing season, the seats of head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese have become increasingly warm. But according to a report by Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the performance of star rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could end up saving both men’s jobs.
Sources have told Vacchiano that Reese is in no real danger of being fired. His recent draft success — of which the 2014 first-round selection of Beckham is the crown jewel — is likely a large factor in that rumored job security. Reese has long been criticized for his failures on draft day (the Giants have not selected a Pro Bowler since taking Jason Pierre-Paul in 2010), but his last two classes have shown significant promise.
None of those picks have been more successful than Beckham, who, after struggling through early-season injury problems, has piled up 71 receptions for 972 yards and nine touchdowns in just 10 games.
Beckham is a potential face-of-the-franchise-type star, and even amidst another dire season, his potential is a reason for the Giants to be optimistic about their future. Heading into next season, they’ll be able to line up a steadily-improving Beckham opposite a healthy Victor Cruz. If the shaky offensive line can be patched up between now and then, the Giants have the makings of an elite offense.
It’s that optimism that could end up bailing out Coughlin as well.
Despite adding a pair of Lomabardis to the Giants’ trophy case, Coughlin doesn’t appear to have the same job security as Reese. But according to Vacchiano, Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch could opt to retain the veteran coach if they deem the future looks bright enough.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Sunday that Coughlin wants to return next season and that no decision on his future has been reached yet.
“Like I said earlier this year: We have the potential to be one of the best, if not the best offense in this league,” Beckham told Vacchiano. “There’s no reason for us not to think that. Everybody on this team should think that. That’s just how it is. There’s a lot to look forward to going into next year.”