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New York Giants Owner John Mara Says He Does not See Tom Coughlin Retiring in the Near Future

February 20th, 2013 at 2:26 PM
By Paul Tierney

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will be 67 years old by the time next season comes around. Coughlin is a two-time Super Bowl champion, and even if he gave up coaching right now,  he would still go down as one of the best head coaches in franchise history. For the last several seasons, Coughlin has avoided directly answering questions regarding his eventual retirement, which has fueled speculation as to when that day may finally arrive.

'Tom Coughlin and Grandkids' photo (c) 2008, Ted Kerwin - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Although cornerback Terrell Thomas recently stated that he believes 2013 will be Coughlin's swan song, Giants President and CEO John Mara disagrees.

“No, I haven’t had that discussion with him yet,” said Mara. “I don’t see him going to Florida to play shuffleboard any time soon. I think he’s still got a lot of fire left in him and he’s still a great coach. Hopefully he’s going to be around for many more years.”

It's hard to envision Coughlin walking away from football with a sour taste in his mouth. As a man who has achieved so much during his career, it stands to reason that he will decide leave the game on a high note. Coughlin has earned the right to tell the team when his time is up, but it's still very unclear as to when that may occur.

For now, the Giants are in the midst of preparing for a tenuous offseason that will see the departure of many key assets that were crucial players in the 2007 and 2011 championship runs. Tom Coughlin is a Super Bowl champion, but the 2013 Giants will be a much different team than the 2007 and even the 2011 squads. 

Next season's team will present a whole new set of challenges that will test the coaching staff to implement the correct schemes and techniques to get the most out of the players on the roster. It appears as if Coughlin still has the drive to orchestrate a task of that magnitude; however, nobody knows for certain how long that notion will hold true. Regardless, when the day comes, Tom Coughling will be remembered, along with Bill Parcells, as one of the best coaches to ever step in the Giants sideline.

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11 Responses to “New York Giants Owner John Mara Says He Does not See Tom Coughlin Retiring in the Near Future”

  1.  Hanshi says:

    From the last thread. Thanks Krow.

    The Original G Man says:

    February 20, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Re: The Giants and BPA

    Saw some comments on this on the last thread. The Giants have publicly stated that they stick to their draft board and take the highest rated player available. However, they also stated that the weight players by whether they play a position of “need” or not. So, for example, while they might technically have Matt Barkley with a higher grade than Alec Ogletree, since Barkley doesn’t play a position of need, his grade will be discounted, while Ogletree, who presumably does play a position of need, will be graded on a curve.

    Krow says:

    February 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Hanshi is vindicated.

    •  LUZZ says:

      Hanshi is correct, although the QB position never factors into the BPA model. The Giants probably draft BPA more than most teams. But drafting a QB is a different strategy all together. It has always been an area where you over pay if you need one, and you ignore a good one on the board if you already have Eli on your roster. The Giants would have drafted Cousins last year in the 3rd (he went in the 4th) if QB was a need.

      However, this year I suspect if T’eo is available at 19 and the Giants have a higher rated player available, I suspect they will pass on Te’o and go with their board, despite LB being a need.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    Below is a great piece but too long to cut and paste. It just shows the chess JR will be dealing with this offseason in terms of our cap issues.

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2013/2/19/4007384/navigating-the-salary-cap-an-offseason-plan-for-the-giants-in-2013

  3.  Krow says:

    Mara went on to say that he does see Terrell Thomas retiring quite soon.

  4.  Krow says:

    Why would Coughlin retire? He likes coaching . He’s an institution with the Giants after 2 Superbowls. His reputation is spotless. And the organization is behind him. Who’s going to toss that away to play shuffleboard in Miami? Plenty of time to rest after you’re dead.

  5.  giantsfan says:

    Rumors say the dolphins is going to break the bank in a big way to get Mike Wallace.

    Let’s hope Reese gets Nicks under a brand new contract asap. They’re going to be a world of pain if they waits until they see what the dolphins are going to do.

    •  Krow says:

      This is why it’s so damn hard to sign anyone till after they’ve hit free agency. There’s always the possibility that some fool owner will pay you more than you deserve. And they all want to roll that dice. For most of them it doesn’t happen … and only then do they negotiate reasonably. But you can’t blame them for waiting.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I don’t think he makes any sense for us unless he’s coming for cheap. If I was re-signing an older pass rushing DE I rather have Osi because he’s younger and a Giant. I really doubt it can work out contract wise anyways.

    •  Hanshi says:

      I know its non-sense but with 3 other site reporting it, I thought I’d pass it along. Freeney is 2 years older than Osi and made about 10 mil more last year.

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