Members of the New York Giants coaching staff believe there is a strong chance some of them could be let go following the conclusion of the season this Sunday, according to league sources, with first-year defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan among the primary candidates to be dismissed.
Sheridan has faced intense scrutiny for a struggling defense this season, and the Giants overall fell well short of expectations, failing to make the playoffs and putting forward uneven and sometimes awful performances down the stretch. Sheridan took over for Steve Spganuolo, who left to become head coach of the Rams, and has faced criticism from fans and the media. Sheridan’s relationship with star players like defensive end Osi Umenyiora has also been questioned.
The Giants had difficulty getting to the quarterback and defending the pass much of the season. The problems there go beyond Sheridan in the eyes of some other executives, with injuries taking a major toll and some players simply not performing to their standards. Regardless, the scope of the Giants’ collapse after a 6-0 start has led to a state within the organization where change appears inevitable to some with regards to coach Tom Coughlin’s assistants. Those moves are expected to begin early next week.