Changes loom, but not for coaching staff

December, 31, 2012
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Perry FewellRich Schultz/Getty ImagesThe Giants may part ways with a few players, but Perry Fewell and the coaching staff are safe.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Tom Coughlin says he has no intentions of making any changes to his coaching staff one day after the defending Super Bowl champions missed the postseason.

When asked if Perry Fewell is still his defensive coordinator moving forward after overseeing a unit that finished 31st in total defense, Coughlin replied, “He is.” A source confirmed Fewell, along with other assistants, had their contracts extended after the Giants' Super Bowl victory last February. Fewell's contract is extended through 2013 as reported by the New York Daily News.

Both Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese believe the Giants still have a championship-contending core that will require some changes to the roster.

“I don’t think we are that far off to be honest with you,” a disappointed Reese said on Monday. “This team will look a little differently next year but I think there’s a good core of players coming back and we will see what we can do in each offseason.”

There are some familiar long-time faces who likely will not return in 2013. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora is one veteran who may not be back considering he is looking for a new long-term contract and a starting job.

“The evaluation process will take care of itself,” Reese said when asked about Umenyiora’s future with the Giants. “Osi has been a terrific player for us. He is one of my all-time favorite players in the National Football League, not just Giants.

“I was happy to see him stay healthy this season and he is another guy that has got some tread left on his tires and still got a lot of football left in him.”

One player Reese wants to keep around for years is Victor Cruz. Both sides could not agree to an extension during the season. The receiver will be a restricted free agent unless both sides work out a new deal.

"We talked a little during the season about an extension with him, but obviously it didn’t work out," Reese said. "We’ll see what happens during this offseason."

Cruz has remained positive about working out a new deal and said the parameters of an extension have been discussed.

“Everything is on the table,” Reese said.

Several key players like Cruz, Umenyiora, safety Kenny Phillips, tackle Will Beatty, linebacker Chase Blackburn, tight end Martellus Bennett and kicker Lawrence Tynes are among those who will be looking for new deals.

Reese has an entire offseason to retool a roster that won it all just one season ago but fell well short of expectations this season.

“We don’t get paid here for the Giants to go 9-7,” Reese said. “We got away with that last year and things worked out for us. We set the bar high here and we didn’t get the job done.

“We should have closed the division out a couple of weeks before we got to yesterday,” he said. “That is disappointing.”
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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