At the age of 65, Tom Coughlin is not only the oldest head coach currently in the NFL but he is now the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl.
After winning his second championship in four years, many speculated that it might be time for him to retire while on top of the world. Coughlin, on the other hand, has a different opinion on whether or not he is returning as the head coach of the New York Giants next season.
“That is my intention [to return as the Giants head coach],” Coughlin said. “We have some ownership that has to give approval. I’m looking forward to it.”
Coughlin received a one-year extension on his contract last summer that runs through 2012. I cannot imagine a situation where the Giants would not want to write up another extension.
“Well, we will sit down and talk about it in a couple of days,” Giants owner John Mara. “Yeah, I think it is safe to assume that he has (ownership’s approval).”
There is no doubt Coughlin is sitting on top of the world right now after out coaching Bill Belichick for a second time in the big game. After the victory he looked lively and told the ESPN crew he felt 20 years younger. Coughlin even later admitted he said something to his team that he has never said before. He told the team he loved them in his postgame speech.
“The word fun, I think I understand what it means in relation to our business,” Coughlin said. “When it all comes together and you start to play well and we are all on the same page and there isn’t any question about communication and everyone has that look in your eye going to work and going to practice … that is fun.”
With two Super Bowl victories and possibly more on the way, Coughlin has gone from a coach that was almost driven out of New York a little over four years ago to a viable candidate for the NFL Hall of Fame. People may dispute that he must do more to get that chatter going but to win two Super Bowls against one of the greatest coaches of all-time has to stand for something.