It's playoffs or bust for Tom Coughlin in '14

Tom Coughlin has to turn things around in a hurry after a 7-9 season left the New York Giants outside of the playoffs for the second straight year. After all, his job depends on it.

Tom Coughlin is one of 13 head coaches in NFL history to win at least two Super Bowls. He's 14th in all-time coaching wins and is third among active coaches—behind only Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan.

But for all he's done in his ten years with the Giants, it's playoffs or bust for Coughlin in 2014.

New York lost its first six games in 2013 by a total of 106 points, including a 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, and finished just 7-9, putting Coughlin's job in jeopardy.

And while he has two Super Bowl rings and an 8-3 playoff record with the Giants, Coughlin has had an overall mediocre tenure in New York. All eight of his playoff wins have come in just two playoff appearances—the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl runs.

There's even a chance that Coughlin could be ringless if not for a David Tyree miracle catch in 2007 and a Wes Welker drop in 2011.

Coughlin has had mixed regular season success, too. He has led one 12-win team, which lost in the NFC Divisional Game in 2008 to the Philadelphia Eagles, and has reached double-digit wins in just four of his 10 seasons in New York.

Despite all of his post- and regular-season struggles, 2014 could be a good season for Coughlin and the Giants. New York plays in a winnable division that in 2013 featured the 10-6 Eagles as the only team with a winning record and a 3-13 Washington Redskins team that doesn't look any better outside of the addition of DeSean Jackson.

Getting to the playoffs will start with an improved offense line, which allowed 40 sacks and 83 QB hits in 2013.

New York addressed that need this offseason, though, adding offensive tackle Charles Brown and guards John Jerry and Geoff Schwartz in free agency. With new talent bolstering the line, it's now up to Coughlin and new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to get the line working fluidly.

An improved offensive line should allow quarterback Eli Manning to recover both from offseason surgery and arguably the worst season of his career. Manning threw a league-high 27 interceptions last year, which led to the Giants being one of the worst offenses in the league.

The Giants ranked No. 28 in points scored (292) and 28th in yards per game (307.5) while finishing next-to-last in turnover margin at -15.

With Manning currently sidelined while recovering from ankle surgery, it's up to Coughlin to make sure Manning and McAdoo are on the same page. Coughlin may also need to accept McAdoo's new offensive schemes, which could feature West Coast-style passing that takes pressure off of both the line and Manning.

Now, with the No. 12 overall pick in this upcoming NFL Draft, improvements to the offensive line and secondary, and the No. 26-ranked strength of schedule for the 2014 season, Coughlin and the Giants look poised to make a playoff appearance.

Of Coughlin's 10 seasons in New York, five have included at least a playoff run.

For Coughlin's sake, 2014 better be a playoff run.

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