Former Giant Justin Tuck continues to keep close tabs on his old team.
With the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese coming on the heels of the Eli Manning debacle, the 34-year-old knows what type of personality he wants to see roaming Big Blue's sideline next season at MetLife Stadium.
"I would like to see somebody with a lot of experience ... I would like to see somebody that has a reputation of leadership and no-nonsense. Honestly, I would like to see the Tom Coughlin of today," Tuck told the NY Post on Wednesday. "I think this team has a lot of young talent. But they need a very strong figure at the helm. A leadership head."
He also sees some of Coughlin's traits in interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who led Tuck as the Giants' defensive coordinator for the first time from 2007-2008.
"I think he has the respect of that locker room," Tuck said of Spagnuolo. "I think he knows the ins and outs of what it means to win and now what it means to lose in this franchise. He's definitely an integral part in not only my success, but our success as a team.
"He definitely is a no-nonsense guy, but I think he has a little bit more in him to be a slight players coach,"
The two-time Pro Bowler also cautioned that the Giants might be seen in a different vein after handling the Manning situation the way they did.
"I can remember talking to Jessie Armstead about just working with Ernie Accorsi, and Jessie would sign like six contracts as a Giant or whatever it is," Tuck said. "I don't know if everybody sees the Giants in the same light as those years right now. So I think there has to be a rebuilding of trust. I've heard people say, 'If they'll do that to Eli, geez, they'll do that to anybody.'
"That can be something that kinda haunts the Giants for a little bit here until they rebuild the M.O. of them being what they think they are - the class organization of the NFL."
Tuck was a key cog for the Giants' defense during their Super Bowl-winning teams of 2008 and 2011. He left New York after the 2014 season and played the final two years of his career with the Oakland Raiders Tuck signed a one-day contract with New York on May 6, 2016 so he could retire a Giant.