New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is three months shy of his 66th birthday. He's been a coach in the NFL since 1984 (save for a three year gap from 1991-1993) and is currently the oldest head coach in the league. He's won two Lombardi Trophy's over the last five seasons and no one would question him if he decided it was time to walk away from the game. But that's not going to happen. Not only will Coughlin return for the 2012-2013 season, but he'll likely remain with the team for quite some time.
"I'm not mentally, not physically, ready [to retire]," said Coughlin. "I feel I have good energy. I'm excited every day. The competitiveness, the nature of the business, is something that I'm still excited about. I don't wander down that path. I don't think about retirement. I enjoy the situation I'm in. I appreciate the backing I've received from [Giants] ownership and the way the players have responded to our program."
As recently as last week, Giants co-owner John Mara said the team was working diligently on a contract extension for Coughlin, which is poised to be significantly longer than the one-year extension he received a year ago … which is somewhat ironic given Coughlin's thoughts on all contracts in the NFL.
"I really don't feel any pull or tug in another direction. I look at it on a yearly basis. In our business, no matter how many years they give you on the contract, it's a one-year deal anyway," Coughlin added.
Since Coughlin's transformation following the 2006 season, the mood amongst his players has changed substantially. Still an old-school disciplinarian, Coach Coughlin has managed to earn a tremendous amount of respect by allowing a two-way street of communication to open between he and his players. And the man who was once accused of driving running back Tiki Barber to retirement is now the same man who was visibly beloved by his players in 2011.
Coughlin has gone from the hot seat to immortality, and some even believe he deserves an open-ended contract with Big Blue.
In eight years with Big Blue, Coughlin has experienced only one losing season – his first (6-10 in 2004). Since then, he has compiled a 68-44 regular season record, a 8-3 playoff record and, of course, has brought the Lombardi Trophy home twice.
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