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    GIANTS' COUGHLIN HOLDS COURT AT SCENE OF GIANTS' VICTORY

    GIANTS' COUGHLIN HOLDS COURT AT SCENE OF GIANTS' VICTORY

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



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




    “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) had undergone surgery since the
    Super Bowl.



    Of the three, Canty’s knee operation was the most surprising. Coughlin
    wouldn’t specify the procedure or the injury, although an NFL 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 he "feels better than he did way prior to his
    surgery.”




    “Hopefully we can get them back fast,” Coughlin said of the three
    linemen.




    Coughlin was more cautious about the previously announced knee surgeries
    performed on tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, each of whom were
    seriously injured in the Super Bowl.




    Coughlin said each has a minimum seventh-month recovery ahead of him, meaning
    they wouldn’t be available until at least September. As a result, Coughlin
    admitted 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
    said.




    Coughlin also shed some light on the Giants’ other offseason plans, saying
    cornerback Terrell Thomas and linebacker Jonathan Goff, each of whom were
    injured in the preseason and are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents, are
    in the team’s 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
    it.




    Asked if he expected Umenyiora, who has been unhappy about his contract for
    at least two years, to with the Giants in 2012, Coughlin said, “I do.”




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




    “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 Coughlin’s hopes is the Giants’ shaky 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,
    a number the Giants are currently exceeding.




    That fix 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 acknowledged losing Manningham is a possibility, saying he is
    confident second-year 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
    said.




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




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




    *




    NASCAR announced that Umenyiora, Tuck and Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka
    will ride in the pace car Sunday during prerace festivities at the Daytona
    500."





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








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    Re: GIANTS' COUGHLIN HOLDS COURT AT SCENE OF GIANTS' VICTORY

    thanks for the info RF,it's good to be the KING!

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