This is probably the least of the reasons why I believe Tom Coughlin will, and should, stay as the Giants' head coach. But it's a reason few have really pointed out, and it's worth mentioning.
There is a potential lockout coming in 2011.
In addition to the equity the 63-year-old Coughlin gained through winning a Super Bowl and then going 12-4 the following season, it would make little financial sense to bring in a new coach now. Coughlin still has two years remaining on his contract. The new guy would probably get a four-year deal, which would mean starting over in 2010 with a new system and new philosophy, only to be interrupted for a year -- perhaps more -- in the event of a lockout. Remember, you'd still have to pay that coach, and it would probably cost the team more than the $5.2 million it would have to pay Coughlin in the idle season to bring in a name coach.
Quite simply, it's more economical to allow Coughlin to work in 2010, pay him in 2011, and then send the then-65-year-old coach into retirement. Of course, a return to winning and the playoffs could give the Giants many more options than that.
As I said, the economics are the least of the reasons. But they do exist as legitimate ones, and the Giants are cost-conscious. Unlike that owner in Washington, who undoubtedly will spend money wildly this offseason to little avail, even if he does get Mike Shanahan to pilot his ship.