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Retirement isn’t on Tom Coughlin’s mind

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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.

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17 Responses to “Retirement isn’t on Tom Coughlin’s mind”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 22, 2012 1:53 PM

    Someone up there felt sorry for the old guy. No other explanation.

  2. blacknole08 says: May 22, 2012 1:59 PM

    I think the only way he leaves the Giants is if the they fire him. Good thing they haven’t yet because he’s a damn good coach and a great motivator.

  3. carolinacraig says: May 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    Coughlin can’t retire. He’s a Bear Bryant / Paterno type and he knows it. Once he’s out, he knows he’s got 1 maybe 2 months tops before croaking. He’s just not going to do it voluntarily nor should he.

  4. zaggs says: May 22, 2012 2:06 PM

    2 Super Bowls in the last 4 season, nuff said. To think, he and Belichick were part of the same coaching staff.

  5. dbones750 says: May 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    The best in the business. Sets the tone and leads by example.

  6. nygdriveforfive says: May 22, 2012 2:26 PM

    TC can coach for as long as wants. Best in the business is right. Cowher can wait if he wants the job. TC has one more SB trophy to bring back to the Giants before he retires.

  7. nflofficeadmin says: May 22, 2012 2:31 PM

    TC has got to go on SNL. I’m sure they could find some hilarious skits to do with him. Green Bay Championship game and the purple face comes to mind.

  8. hus10188 says: May 22, 2012 2:31 PM

    You really think he’s gonna let a John Gruden or Bill Cowher reap the rewards of a QB he has developed from day one who is just entering the prime of his career….no chance.

    Coach Coughlin ain’t retiring anytime as long Eli-te is his QB, so that means he’ll be around a while.

  9. nfl fan says: May 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    Hard to argue with the results…

  10. unbreakable02215 says: May 22, 2012 2:49 PM

    His teams win despite him. His 1st Superbowl
    team was immensely talented. They won 10
    games. This Superbowl team, supremely
    talented. 9-7 ? Lose to the Redskins twice ?
    To the Seahawks at home ? They show up
    and play when they feel like it. Usually against
    the good teams. They tune him out cuz they
    get tired of listening to him yell at them. That
    style of coaching doesn’t work nowadays. Yeah
    they had injuries, everybody does. To go 9-7
    with a team that talented shows they play when
    they want to.

    You wanna praise someone ? Praise the GM.
    Praise scouting staff. Bring on the hate….

  11. roadtrip3500 says: May 22, 2012 2:52 PM

    If Coughlin can win a 3rd Super Bowl in the next couple of years with captains Eli and Tuck along with the core guys on all three squads, they’ll be talking about these Giants with the 60s Packers, the 70s Steelers, the 80s 49ers, the 90s Cowboys, and the Patriots of the early 2000s… a team of core guys that found a way to finish the job 3+ times.

  12. Deb says: May 22, 2012 3:08 PM

    Tom Coughlin will be 66 in a couple of months and is coming off his second Super Bowl win in five years. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is 74 and his squad finished last season ranked #1 in overall defense and #1 against the pass. Wade Phillips is 64 and took the Texans from #30 to #2 in overall defense in one year.

    I’ll bet coaches half their ages would love to have those records. As long as they’re doing their jobs that well, why should retirement be on their minds?

  13. jagsfanugh says: May 22, 2012 3:33 PM

    Tom is a Hall of Fame coach. What he did for the expansion Jags (2 afc title games) and 2 rings with the Giants is awesome.

  14. rajbais says: May 22, 2012 4:08 PM

    It shouldn’t be!!!

    He belongs in Canton now and deserves to stay with his team as long as he wants (and longer than Andy Reid deserves to be in Philly)!!!!

    Until 2011, he truly was the most under appreciated in the NFL!!!

    He let his dictatorship ways go, had one championship, went to conference title games in Jacksonville, and fans were trying to run him out of town when he was 9-7 and 10-6!!!

    Look at his track record and you will come off liking Tom!!!

  15. gojags says: May 22, 2012 5:16 PM

    What a great coach? Still doing his charity in the community which identified him to the NFL. The best coach in the Jags short history.

    I wish him few more super bowl rings before he calls it a day.

  16. n0hopeleft says: May 24, 2012 5:44 PM

    Best coach in the NFL. Period.

  17. n0hopeleft says: May 25, 2012 9:36 AM

    unbreakable02215 says:
    May 22, 2012 2:49 PM
    His teams win despite him. His 1st Superbowl
    team was immensely talented. They won 10
    games. This Superbowl team, supremely
    talented. 9-7 ? Lose to the Redskins twice ?
    To the Seahawks at home ? They show up
    and play when they feel like it. Usually against
    the good teams. They tune him out cuz they
    get tired of listening to him yell at them. That
    style of coaching doesn’t work nowadays. Yeah
    they had injuries, everybody does. To go 9-7
    with a team that talented shows they play when
    they want to.

    You wanna praise someone ? Praise the GM.
    Praise scouting staff. Bring on the hate….
    __________________________________

    Terrell Thomas, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyora, Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley, and David Baas. All out at the same time. Not to mention not a single tight end you could name before the season started, and a LB corp that was filled with journeymen – and you’re going to tell me we underachieved?!

    So when the Packers went 10-6 the previous year with all of their talent, Mike McCarthy sucks too?

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