The Giants made two surprising moves to their coaching staff when they announced the firing of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and secondary/cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta.
Fewell spent the past four seasons under Tom Coughlin, while Giunta joined the staff in 2006.
“These are two outstanding men and outstanding football coaches,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “It is very hard in this business to find people that are not only good football coaches but outstanding human beings who are trustworthy, loyal and honest. Perry and Peter are all that.”
The Giants defense played far from perfect this year and while Fewell was rumored to be on the hotseat, reports on Wednesday indicated that both he and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn would return for another season.
Obviously Coughlin and the rest of the front office had other plans in mind.
“No one person is responsible for what happened in this year,” Coughlin said. “That has to be loud and clear. If there is any one person responsible, it is me. It is not Perry Fewell. It is not Peter Giunta. Both of them are outstanding football coaches in their own way. The simple fact of the matter is in the circumstance that we find ourselves, change is necessary. That may not be the most eloquent way of saying it, but that is what I am confronted with. The hope always is invigoration. You are going to stimulate. It is with great deliberation over a lengthy period of time throughout a thorough investigation and evaluation of what went on that I came to the conclusion that change was necessary.
“There are no hard feelings on my part about anything that anybody has done. The hard feelings are the six wins. That is the reality. It is unfortunate, but it is true.”