Giants coach Tom Coughlin is the oldest coach in the NFL and it sounds like he plans to hold onto that title a while longer.
Coughlin is in Jacksonville for his charitable foundation’s golf tournament and spoke to Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union about his plans for the future. It comes as little surprise to learn that those plans don’t include retirement.
“I’m not mentally, not physically, ready,” 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 ownership and the way the players have responded to our program.”
The backing from ownership is expected to include a new multi-year contract extension any day now, an extension that will likely keep Coughlin on the Giants sideline until he’s ready to cede the spot to someone else. That’s a far cry from the way things looked as recently as Week 15 of the regular season, but winning a second Super Bowl has a funny way of changing employment prospects.
When Coughlin was regularly feuding with players in his early days with the Giants, it was hard to imagine that he would have made it this far. Eli Manning, who was also at the golf tournament, told Frenette that Coughlin used to be a “wild man” on the sideline, but now he views the coach as a “smooth operator” even if he still gets red-faced in outrage about something every week. That change has been crucial to the Giants’ success and it has helped Coughlin carve out an enviable place in the league’s coaching fraternity.