John Mara: Tom Coughlin hasn’t earned the right to leave on his own terms

Steve Serby of the New York Post asked Giants co-owner John Mara if head coach Tom Coughlin earned the right to leave on his own terms.

“Does anybody ever earn that right? That’s just not the way this business is in this day and age. Let’s hope that it goes that way, but we haven’t even had that discussion yet. … We’re just looking forward to the next couple of seasons,” said Mara.

Mara also said Coughlin isn’t on the hot seat.

“There’s never a hot seat for anybody,” said Mara. Listen, everybody knows what the expectations are, and … we expect to win, and if we don’t, then you have to make changes. But the question is when do you make those changes? That’s the toughest decision that you ever have to make. Do you do it after one bad season, do you do it after two? … I think it’s a feeling that you have that can we win with this individual or this group of individuals, or do we have to make changes? And, I have never once felt that we can’t win with Tom Coughlin and his staff. I know he believes it, and he’s able to convince the rest of us that we’re going to win. That’s the furthest thing from my mind right now, is making any changes anywhere.”