Tom Coughlin gets 2-year contract extension

First, the New York Giants knocked out a contract for Osi Umenyiora.

Now, they’ve taken care of Tom Coughlin.

The Super Bowl champions announced this afternoon that the club has signed Coughlin to a contract extension that will carry through the 2014 season, meaning the deal is a two-year extension. Coughlin, who has won two Super Bowls in the last four seasons, was heading into the final year of his contract.

There wasn’t any acrimony in getting this deal done and the 65-year-old Coughlin has said he might like to work into his 70’s.

“It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said in a release provided by the team. “I’m thankful to John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what our players and coaches have accomplished. And I’m grateful for the working relationship Jerry Reese and I have. We’ve got a lot of work left to do.”

Coughlin is entering his ninth season as coach of the Giants and that makes him the second-longest tenured coach in franchise history.

“I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early ‘90s,” owner John Mara said. “So it was with great confidence that Ernie Accorsi and I recommended to my father and Bob Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom. Of course, my father didn’t need to be convinced. He saw what we have all seen, a man who has a singular focus and incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom represents to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should be.”

Coughlin has an overall record of 154-121, including his time as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and postseason. His 12 postseason victories tie him with former Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher for the sixth-highest total in NFL history.

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