Following the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots, owner John Mara said the team would discuss a contract extension with head coach Tom Coughlin in the coming weeks. More than three weeks later, that has still not happened.
“We haven’t talked seriously,” Coughlin said.
At 65 years old, Coughlin has 27 years of coaching experience in the NFL, and despite being the oldest head coach in the league, feels like he has 4-5 more years left and ideally would like to spend them with the New York Football Giants.
“Everybody thought I was kidding when I said, what 72?” he said, referring to a joke he’d made during the regular season about coaching into his 70s. “I’ll lean on that.”
The Giants are not known for having a lame-duck coach, and after winning his second Super Bowl, it's highly unlikely that Coughlin remains one for long. An extension seems inevitable, but the question is, how many years?
At this point, Coughlin has earned the right to pick his terms. If he wants to coach another 4-5 years, the Giants should just sign him up for that. Under his strict hand and soft heart, Big Blue hasn't had a losing season since 2004 (his first year as coach) and have won two Lombardi Trophies. They've also been in the playoffs five of his eight years with the team, compiling an 8-3 record. In the regular season, he's 20-games over .500 (74-54) and managed to do it all with heavy roster turnover and a downright ridiculous number of injuries.
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