New York Giants add one year to Tom Coughlin's contract

Extension prevents veteran coach from entering 2014 season as a lame duck.
Posted By Evan Bleier  |  Feb. 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- According to reports, the New York Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin have worked out a one-year extension for the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach. Thanks to the extension, the 67-year-old will not be entering the 2014 season as a lame duck.

It sounds as if the report about the extension is pretty accurate -- considering it came from Coughlin himself.

The veteran coach told reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis that the extension will keep him with the team through 2015. Even though the Giants finished at 7-9 last season, Coughlin maintained that the extension "was never a concern."

The Giants haven’t made it to the playoffs since Coughlin signed a three-year contract in 2012 following New York’s Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

"I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it, to be honest with you," Coughlin said. "We've got a lot of work going on in our business, as you know. I had great confidence that it would happen. And it did."

Although Coughlin will be on the sidelines for New York in 2014, longtime offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is gone after an unexpected retirement. He was replaced by former Green Bay Packers assistant Ben McAdoo.

"What I like about it is ... it's a challenge for myself with the new learning, which is good for me and good for all of us," Coughlin, said. "It's a good time, it's an exciting time. I feel good about it."

Coughlin also gave quarterback Eli Manning a vote of confidence after a disappointing season in which he led the league in interceptions. “We're very confident that Eli will, with the help of others around him, return to the high stature we hold him in. I feel very good about that,” Coughlin said.

Some New York media outlets are probably unhappy with the news…


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