TOM COUGHLIN, GIANTS HAVEN'T HAD "SERIOUS" TALKS ON CONTRACT EXTENSION
"After the Giants won the Super Bowl, owner John Mara said he and coach Tom
Coughlin would sit down soon to talk about a contract extension.
When asked today where they stand, Coughlin quipped, "right here, in front of
"We haven’t talked seriously," Coughlin added. He is under contract through
the 2012 season.
He joked that they are considering a 15-year extension, noting that during
the season he said he'd coach into his 70s.
Coughlin still has work to do on his staff, with new vacancies at the
quarterbacks coach and assistant offensive line coach positions after Mike
Sullivan left to become the Buccaneers offensive coordinator and Jack Bicknell,
Jr., left to be the Chiefs offensive line coach. He said neither spot has been
The Giants denied the Buccaneers' request to interview quality control coach
Kevin Gilbride, Jr., for their quarterbacks coach, and Coughlin confirmed that
he could not let his staff continue to be depleted.
"Our staff had lost two on that side of the ball," he said. "We’re not
training coaches so they can go somewhere else to work."
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Coughlin called RB Brandon Jacobs a "very, very rare player" and conveyed
that he is part of the team's plans moving forward. The Giants are tight on
salary-cap space, and Jacobs is due a $500,000 roster bonus next month and $4.9
million this season.
"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]."
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Coughlin also said he expects DE Osi Umenyiora to be back with the team next
season. Umenyiora, who has a base salary of $3.975 million in 2012, told
SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio that he would take a pay cut to be back with the
“You know what’s so funny?" he said. "If it came down to me taking less to
stay here, I would.”
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Coughlin said he did not have any information on the report that no progress
had been made between the Giants and Mario Manningham, so the receiver will hit
the open market.
"You’d love to have him back," Coughlin said. "We’re not naïve. The guy just
made a Super Bowl memorable play."
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Coughlin said the Giants' free agent plan does include CB Terrell Thomas and
LB Jonathan Goff, who are both rehabbing ACL injuries. He said both have enough
time to be ready for the season.
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Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka will attend NASCAR's Daytona 500
Sunday and ride in the Grand Marshal pace car during pre-race festivities. The
Giants used a defensive alignment this season dubbed the "NASCAR