Giants extend Tom Coughlin's contract

The long-awaited contract extension for New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin arrived today.

The Giants extended the contract of Coughlin for one year through 2012, a move that has been expected for months.

“As I was when I was hired in 2004, I am grateful for the opportunity,” Coughlin said, per the team’s Web site. “To be the head coach of the New York Giants is the fulfillment of a dream for somebody who grew up where I grew up and when I grew up. As I have said roughly a thousand times, we’re all on one-year contracts in this business, but the reality is that I am thankful to work for people like the Maras and the Tisches and with people like (General Manager) Jerry Reese and his staff, as well as my coaching staff and our players.”

Coughlin is the third-winningest coach in franchise history.

“As we said after the season, we strongly believe in Tom,” team president John Mara said. “We believe in the job he has done, and we believe in his ability to lead our team in the future. Everybody was on the same page in arriving at the extension.”

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