John Mara plans extension talks with Tom Coughlin


The Giants shuffled up their offensive coaching staff after the end of the regular season, but brought head coach Tom Coughlin back for the 2014 season.

That season is the final year of Coughlin’s contract and owner John Mara said Monday that he hopes it isn’t Coughlin’s final year as the coach of the Giants. Mara said he plans to sit down with Coughlin “at some point in the future” to discuss an extension that would keep Coughlin on the team’s sideline for several more years.

“In terms of Tom’s future, we haven’t even had that discussion yet,” Mara said on ESPN Radio, via the New York Daily News. “He’s obviously going to be our coach here next year and hopefully for longer than that, but we haven’t sat down to even talk about that yet. I think he’s just focused on getting the team ready for next year.”

Having a lame duck coach is typically something teams want to avoid, although it didn’t get in the way of the Giants landing Ben McAdoo, who generated plenty of interest around the league, as their new offensive coordinator. Any extension talks would likely include some discussion of Coughlin’s long-term plans since the 68-year old is already the oldest coach in the league, but it seems neither his advancing age nor two years out of the playoffs have done much to lessen Coughlin’s standing in the organization.