Coughlin returning for Giants, could get a contract extension

Tom Coughlin will be back as the coach of the New York Giants in 2011 and he could return with new paper.

Coughlin is entering the final year of the contract he signed after the Giants triumphed in Super Bowl XLII, and according to Ohm Youngmiusk of ESPN New York, the Giants typically do not let their head coach enter a season in which he’s in the final year of his contract.

What kind of extension the team could put together for Coughlin remains to be seen. The Giants collapsed late in the season to finish 10-6 and miss the playoffs. Surely, that didn’t sit well with ownership, but it remains committed to Coughlin.

“I'm very aware of the timing on Tom's contract, as is John (Mara) and (GM) Jerry (Reese)," said Giants chairman Steve Tisch. "I don't think John, Jerry and I have ever let any of these issues linger on and in fairness to Tom and the team, this is an issue that will be addressed very, very soon."

Per the report, the 64-year-old Coughlin said he would like to work until he is 70 or 72. Right now, though, Coughlin said he takes it one year at a time. Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been mentioned as a candidate for the head-coaching vacancies in Carolina and Cleveland. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been linked to the vacancy at the University Connecticut. Obviously, Coughlin needs to appear to have job security to lure top replacements, if needed.

“I haven't really given that a lot of thought yet and I don't even know what his feeling is on it yet," Mara said about an extension. "Certainly I will talk to Steve about it and with Jerry. It's all just speculation at this point. I'm not sure where we're going to come out on that. I just know he's going to be back next year."

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