Giants fire defensive coordinator Sheridan
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 4, 2010 5:42 PM ET
One of the "major changes" Giants co-owner John Mara promised has happened.

The Giants fired defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan after one season on the job, according to a terse statement from the team.

HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT BILL SHERIDAN HAS BEEN DISMISSED AS THE GIANTS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR.

Sheridan's crew gave up 40 points or more four times, including three of the final four weeks.

Here's the telling quote from Mara Sunday: "I know we had some injuries, but I don't think we had catastrophic injuries. There's no excuse for performing the way we performed over basically the last 11 weeks."

Mara is right. Kenny Phillips was a big loss, but his absence doesn't explain the collapse of the secondary. The defensive line had injuries, but ultimately underperformed as one of the deepest, highest paid units in the league.

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