GIANTS EXTEND COUGHLIN'S CONTRACT THROUGH 2014
"It was only a matter of when, not if, Tom Coughlin's contract extension would
The answer: today.
The Giants have extended their head coach of eight seasons through the 2014
season. Financial terms of the new contract for the two-time Super Bowl winner
are not yet available.
“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
press release announcing the new deal. “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, who turns 66 on Aug. 31 and hasn't publicly entertained thoughts of
retirement, was signed for this upcoming season, but the second Super Bowl
victory over the New England Patriots in four years ensured he'd receive an
extended deal. In 2008, the Giants gave him a four-year, $21-million deal.
It's believed Bill Belichick is now the highest-paid coach in the NFL at $7.5
million per season. Coughlin, once on the verge of being fired back in 2006, is
now being lauded as one of the best coaches in the league, so it's possible his
deal will be worth as much, if not more.
“I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early ‘90s,”
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 is 74-54 in the regular season during his tenure with the Giants.
His eight postseason victories are tied with Bill Parcells for most in franchise
"Tom is the right person in the right job at the right time,” Steve Tisch
said. “I just really appreciate how our players respond to his leadership, and
obviously our organization has benefitted tremendously because of the
relationship Tom has with his players.”
Said Reese, “Tom is a winner and he’s a fighter. And I enjoy and appreciate
working with him. From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for more in a head