Will the Giants replace Jerry Reese at the end of the season?
I'm saying no. First off, the Giants don't make their personnel evaluations and decisions until after the Super Bowl. That would only give a new GM about a month to set up their free agency and NFL combine strategy. That's not enough time. I understand that many are blaming Reese for the team's fall from grace, but the Giants are more likely to keep him and send Tom Coughlin sailing into the sunset.
Reese has drafted some quality players the past two seasons and signed several top free agents to augment the roster. Injuries struck the roster hard (an understatement), and no GM could have drafted or stocked up to defray those losses, both in quality and quantity. John Mara will take that into account when evaluating Reese.
The team is 4-9 but could be theoretical 7-6 or 8-5. Close losses to Arizona, San Francisco, Dallas and Jacksonville were all execution-based losses. Translation: they made mistakes and blew those games. They also led the Seahawks at the half, only to get trampled in the second.
Reese's resume is perhaps the best in the NFL. For the Giants to let him go would be the biggest head-scratcher in years among NFL insiders. He has done his job and then some. He's drafted well the past two seasons, perhaps three. Justin Pugh, Jon Hankins, Damontre Moore, Odell Beckham, Jr., Weston Richburg, Andre Williams, Devon Kennard etc. Imagine if David Wilson had stayed healthy...
What about Tom Coughlin? Do they cut ties with him, and who do they bring in?
It's a hard question. Coughlin is an iconic coach, but I think he's run his course here. He is still very capable and regardless of his age, is more than physically able to handle the position. But everyone has their time and I think Tom's is over. Now, for who they bring in, no one knows that answer. They haven't had to hire a head coach since 2004, when Wellington Mara handpicked Coughlin, so the process will likely be much different with this group.
It's doubtful they'll get involved in the Jim Harbaugh sweepstakes or elevate any of their assistants, but Eli Manning may lobby for Ben McAdoo to stay since he is getting comfortable with his offense. The Giants may look to hire a defensive coach for the head job and keep McAdoo as OC.
The Giants will have a high draft pick next April. Any ideas what they'll be looking for?
Way too early to tell. They could win their last three games and finish 7-9, which will probably put them out of the top ten. But their more likely to finish 5-11 or 6-10. The website Walter Football.com has the Giants picking 7th, going defense in Round One (Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray) and offense in Round Two (Florida State OG Josue Matias). In Round Three, WF has the Giants adding Iowa DT Carl Davis.
They are surely to be active in free agency again. The list is long and incomplete right now as many players will sign back with their current clubs and others will be released from their contracts early, such as LB Jameel McClain was last March.