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Coughlin extension coming soon?

Indianapolis – John Mara has had only cursory talks with the agent for head coach Tom Coughlin, but the Giants’ president and co-owner said yesterday he will have more intensive discussions in an effort to reach a contract extension for the team’s eighth-year head coach. 

“I’ve had one or two very casual conversations with his agent [Gary O’Hagan], but we haven’t gotten into serious negotiations yet,” Mara said after a competition committee meeting yesterday at the NFL’s annual Scouting Combine. “I just haven’t had the time to do that, but I expect it to happen sooner rather than later.” 

Coughlin’s job status was the subject of intense scrutiny late in the season, when the Giants fell out of playoff contention after a late-season collapse that included a 38-31 home loss to the Eagles, in which they blew a 31-10 fourth-quarter lead. 

Mara said immediately after the Giants’ win over the Redskins in the regular season finale, which improved the team’s record to 10-6, that Coughlin would be back next season. He also said Coughlin would receive a contract extension so that he wouldn’t go into 2011 on the final year of a four-year deal he signed after the Giants’ Super Bowl win following the 2007 season.

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