INDIANAPOLIS - Tom Coughlin agreed to a one-year extension this week that will keep him under contract through the 2015 season. He made it seem as if the move was intended to placate the Giants, though, and not him, perhaps the first signal that he does not intend to coach that long, anyway.
Coughlin, who will turn 68 by the time the 2014 season begins in September, did not directly state any decision about his future, but his downplaying of the extension seemed to signal that retirement could be on his mind.
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"The Giants have always done that; that was always indicated to me," Coughlin said of the team's unofficial policy of not having coaches in the final year of their contracts. "I didn't pay a lot of attention to [negotiations], to be honest with you. We've had a lot of work going on in our business, in our building, as you know. I had great confidence that it would happen and it did."
The new deal does not give Coughlin a substantial raise; he's scheduled to earn roughly $7 million for 2015. Team co-owner John Mara said at the conclusion of the 7-9 season that he wanted Coughlin back, and given the team's aversion to lame ducks, it was just a matter of time before a deal was agreed upon. But time was never a part of the negotiations.
"It was never brought up," Coughlin said of adding more than just the one year to his current deal, which was signed after the 2011 season, in which he won a second Super Bowl. "It was never proposed by me or anybody else."
Coughlin and Mara agreed on the deal earlier this week -- the formal contract has not been signed yet -- but they do not concur on everything. Coughlin took issue with the co-owner calling the offense "broken."
"I certainly agreed that some things had to be fixed, let's put it that way," Coughlin said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine regarding the 28th-ranked unit, which led the league in turnovers. "But I wouldn't have used that word."
Whatever the semantics, one thing is clear: The Giants' offense will look, feel and be different in 2014.
"I would say that you'll notice some differences, for sure," he said of the team under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. "Any time you have different people, personalities, play-callers, there will be some differences . . . As far as changes, they may be subtle. There may be some drastic ones. But the No. 1 thing will be the players, the team, the opportunity to again get ourselves back on track the way we need to be."
Coughlin also dispelled the notion that McAdoo will simply take the Green Bay offense he helped run the past eight seasons and bring it to the Giants.
"He does not describe himself as West Coast," Coughln said. "He thinks more in terms of the ball going vertical or down the field if the opportunities present themselves . . . It's stimulating. It's exciting. We're very new into the development of where we'll go and what our program will be, but it's a good time, it's an exciting time. I feel good about it."