Coughlin Not Done Just Yet

The Giants are World Champions again courtesy of Tom Coughlin. So will the aging coach hang up his clipboard and head off into the sunset?

INDIANAPOLIS - Tom Coughlin sounds like a man who has no intention of riding off into the sunset.

With the Giants' 21-17 victory over the Patriots on Sunday night, Coughlin became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl at 65 years old. And despite running on fumes following an estimated 15 minutes of sleep, Coughlin on Monday morning was already looking forward to returning here in a few weeks for the annual Scouting Combine and getting to work on next season's team.

While sidestepping questions about his legacy and whether he's a "better" coach than New England's Bill Belichick, Coughlin was more direct when asked if he plans to continue coaching the Giants.

"I certainly hope so. My intentions are to be that way," Coughlin said. "I do have some ownership that has to give approval, but I'm looking forward to it."

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Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning repeatedly mentioned the young players who stepped up following a slew of early-season injuries, and the Giants' bright future because of their development.

"I'm excited about a number of young guys who stepped up this season," Manning said. "There were some questions going into the beginning of the season on a few spots, but that quickly got answered. You're going to need young players to come in and play a role, and give you a chance to win a championship."

The emergence of those players helped complete a dramatic turnaround for Coughlin, who was facing serious questions about his job security following a Week 15 loss to Washington that left the Giants at 7-7. They then reeled off six consecutive victories, culminating with the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title.

The 88-yard game-winning touchdown drive orchestrated by Manning on Sunday night embodied a team that continually fought through adversity.

"I think it's an ingredient we hope they all have when they become a Giant," Coughlin said of the resiliency of his players. "We do a great job of that, investigating, thoroughly investigating the player, not only his physical ability, but what he's made of. But it's a collective development. There isn't any question about it and it's a part of the team idea and a part of the individuals being responsible to one another."

Coughlin had no interest in discussing what his second Super Bowl title in four years does for his legacy as a coach. Like his quarterback, Coughlin is excited for the Giants organization and the players, especially those who experienced their first Super Bowl victory.

They'll also experience their first ticker-tape parade through Broadway's Canyon of Heroes in New York on Tuesday. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and conclude with Mayor Michael Bloomberg presenting the Giants with the keys to the city.

"I'm excited, to be honest with you, for the young guys and the guys who have not experienced it - whether they are veterans or not," Coughlin said. "If you're any kind of historian, and you do have any recollection of this parade, the 'Parade of Champions' if you will, the 'Canyon of Heroes' - I remember (Giants President and CEO) John Mara looking at me and saying, 'You don't want to miss this now.'
"It's the same thing I would convey to all of our players, you don't want to miss this. Heartwarming doesn't quite cover this, what you go through and what your feelings are. When you are looking down the side streets, and there's people forever down those side streets, and they're all there because they are taking ownership of their team."

It has been a wild ride for a team that stood at 7-7 and went on to become the first team to finish a regular season with a 9-7 record to win the Super Bowl.

"We never changed our objective. We never changed our goal," Coughlin said. "We never changed our attitude about what had to be accomplished and what we had to do. This is a great statement to our players as well as to our mental toughness.

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