The obvious reason to wonder about his future is his age; as he's currently 67-years-old and the oldest current head coach in the NFL and by the time the 2014 season kicks off, he will have celebrated his 68th birthday, but when you hear Coughlin speak, he doesn't sound like a guy ready to fully trade in the headset and whistle for the rocking chair and be called grandpa instead of coach.
The other is the season the Giants just came off of; a 7-9 campaign and the first losing year for Coughlin since his first year with the team back in 2004, but the team did start out 0-6 and finished on a 7-3 run, so if anything, Coughlin really had to dig down deep to keep a team competitive with a laundry list of players on injured reserve and the others who were on the field playing inconsistently for the most part. Despite the 7-3 finish to the year, it marks as the fourth time in five years where Coughlin has failed to make the postseason with the Giants.
Despite all of that, Coughlin was given the green light following the 2013 season to come back for next year as he not only stated that he wanted to come back, but Giants co-owner John Mara also wanted Coughlin to come back for next season and hopes he can rebound from the extremely disappointing season.
With one year left on the contract that he signed just after winning Super Bowl XLVI two years ago, Mara spoke on the Mike Lupica Show of ESPN and said that while he has yet to discuss a potential contract extension with Coughlin, it is something that is on his agenda of things to do for the upcoming year.
"In terms of Tom’s future, we haven’t even had that discussion yet," Mara said on Lupica's show Monday. "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, and sometime in the future we will sit down and talk about that."
The Giants have always had a rule in place to never have a coach who is considered a "lame duck coach" who is working without a deal and it is very likely that Mara could sign him to a one-year extension before the start of the season; something he's done several times in the past with Coughlin.
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