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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Coughlin wants to coach past '14

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Tom Coughlin, at 67 the oldest coach in the NFL, said he can see himself coaching the New York Giants for multiple years beyond the 2014 season.

Tom Coughlin
Tom Coughlin, 67, said he can see himself coaching the New York Giants for multiple years beyond the 2014 season, despite already being the oldest coach in the NFL.

In a taped interview to air Sunday morning on ESPN Radio's "The Ian O'Connor Show," Coughlin, who said in 2012 he could coach past his 70th birthday, was asked if he still felt he could work "well beyond" next season.

"I certainly do, and I'm blessed with good health and good energy and a routine that I think puts me in the maximum opportunity to stay healthy," Coughlin said before mentioning his wife. "The other issue, of course, is Judy. If Judy's healthy, and so on and so forth, and we both feel good about continuing ... then no doubt will we feel that way."

A two-time Super Bowl champion coming off a 7-9 season, Coughlin will return for his 11th season as Giants coach with a revamped staff of offensive aides. He has one year left on his contract, and on ESPN Radio's "The Mike Lupica Show" on Monday, Giants co-owner John Mara said he planned on meeting with Coughlin "at some point in the future" on the subject of an extension.

"He's going to be our coach here next year," Mara said, "and hopefully for longer than that, but we haven't sat down to even talk about that yet."

Asked if he'd met with Mara about his contract since those remarks, Coughlin said, "I haven't sat down with John, and I do know by virtue of a couple of things that he's said that he's trying to pick the best time. And he knows full well that we're in a full-court press in terms of making sure that our staff is ready to go."

Coughlin said that he did plan on watching the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks play in Super Bowl XLVIII, and that his three Super Bowl rings -- two earned as Giants head coach, one as Bill Parcells' assistant 23 years ago -- wouldn't ease the sting of seeing two teams play for the title on his home field in MetLife Stadium.

"It won't be any easier," Coughlin said. "After the Super Bowl there will be 31 teams that are disappointed, and one team that's happy. That's just the nature of our game. ... So I will enjoy watching the game. I love a good, great competitive Super Bowl game. I look forward to that, and then of course the rebirth following that game of the beginning of the new season if you will, and the expectation on the part of all 32 who have the goal of winning Super Bowl 49."

The full Coughlin interview will air on "The Ian O'Connor Show on Sunday, 7-9 a.m. ET.