Coughlin no longer Giants' scapegoat

As turbulent week has illustrated, Big Blue's coach not to blame these days

Updated: October 3, 2010, 4:08 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is in the next-to-last year of his contract, he still labors in the media cauldron that is New York, he'll never win a popularity contest against Jets master of ceremonies Rex Ryan, and the Giants have lost two straight ugly games. And yet, a great gauge of why there's still hope for the Giants' 1-2 season is something that used to be unthinkable around here not long ago: Coughlin isn't the bogeyman who's blamed for everything that's wrong with the team ...

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