Football coaching merrygoround: First shoe falls

According to the NY Times, former Jacksonville (and Parcells-era Giants assistant) Tom Coughlin has been hired as the new head coach of the New York Giants, replacing Jim Fassell. Coughlin, known as a very strict leader in eight seasons with the Jaguars, gets a four-year contract worth more than $11 million. Interesting, if predictable, choice and a decent way to start off the new year. The team also interviewed Romeo Crennel and Lovie Smith and I do think it’ll be a shame if all seven openings get filled without those two getting jobs.