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    "INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL scouting combine is usually the dreariest of
    assignments for a coach, but this year’s gathering feels like a victory lap for
    the Giants’ Tom Coughlin.

    Less than three weeks after his team’s Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots
    at Lucas Oil Stadium, a beaming Coughlin still was basking in that triumph as he
    met with reporters during a break in the combine yesterday.

    “I feel like I was just here, and I was,” Coughlin said with a big grin. “And
    they were great memories too. It’s a great feeling. It’s a little bit of a blur,
    but it’s a magnificent blur.”

    Coughlin was in a giving mood, too, revealing that three defensive linemen —
    Justin Tuck, Chris Canty and Linval Joseph — all had surgery since the Super
    Bowl. He said he was hopeful all three would be “back fast.”


    Of the three, Canty’s knee operation was the most surprising. Coughlin
    wouldn’t specify the procedure or the injury, though a league source described
    it as a “clean-out” that didn’t involve major ligaments and wouldn’t prevent the
    defensive tackle from being available for the start of next season.

    Tuck had scar tissue removed from his problematic shoulder, according to
    Coughlin, and Joseph had bone chips removed from his ankle. Coughlin said there
    was no damage to Tuck’s labrum and added the Big Blue star “feels better than he
    did way prior to his surgery.”

    Coughlin was more cautious about the previously announced knee surgeries
    performed on tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, both of whom were
    seriously injured during the Super Bowl. He said both face a minimum seventh
    months of recovery, meaning they wouldn’t be available until at least September.
    As a result, Coughlin said tight end has suddenly become a point of emphasis in
    the offseason.

    “Whether it’s draft or whatever, we’re going to have to have some way of
    compensating so that we have enough people in camp to be able to work,” Coughlin

    Coughlin also said cornerback Terrell Thomas and linebacker Jonathan Goff —
    both of whom were injured in the preseason and are scheduled to be unrestricted
    free agents — are in the Giants’ plans.

    Two key players still under contract, defensive end Osi Umenyiora and running
    back Brandon Jacobs, also will be back if Coughlin has anything to do with

    Asked if he expected defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who has been unhappy about
    his contract for at least two years, to be a Giant in 2012, Coughlin said: “I

    The same goes for running back Brandon Jacobs, Coughlin said, despite the
    veteran’s occasional verbal outbursts and clashes with coaches.

    “Brandon’s been an outstanding part of our team for any number of years [and]
    two Super Bowl teams,” Coughlin said. “And as far as I’m concerned, he’s a big
    part of [the team’s future].”

    Admittedly complicating things is the salary-cap situation. The official cap
    figure has yet to be announced, but it is expected to be around $122 million per
    team when the new league year kicks in next month. The Giants currently exceed
    that figure.

    That very well could cost them the services of Super Bowl hero Mario
    Manningham, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent with several teams
    hungry for proven receivers.

    Coughlin said losing Manningham is a possibility, saying he is confident
    second-year player Jerrel Jernigan could be a capable replacement.

    Coughlin, however, isn’t in a mood to lose any more assistant coaches. After
    losing quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan to new Buccaneers boss Greg Schiano,
    Coughlin denied Schiano permission to interview offensive assistant Kevin
    Gilbride Jr.

    “We’re not training coaches so they can go somewhere else,” Coughlin

    Coughlin said he has not yet had “serious” talks with Giants ownership about
    the contract extension co-owner John Mara promised after the Super Bowl, but
    didn’t appear worried. Coughlin, 65, also reiterated he wants to keep coaching

    “People thought I was joking when I said [last year] that I wanted to coach
    until I was 74,” he said. “I wasn’t.”

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2

    Maybe 3 more years for TC?