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Giants' Gilbride may interview for UConn job

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride discuss the next series of plays during a fourth quarter time out against the Eagles. (Dec. 19, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

Tom Coughlin said he'd like to keep his coaching staff the way it is. His coaching staff may have more to say about that than he does.

Monday, the day after the Giants' season ended with a hollow 10-6 record and no playoffs, the team's two top coordinators already were being mentioned as candidates for other jobs.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride reportedly is one of several candidates to fill the vacant head coaching job at the University of Connecticut (where former Browns coach Eric Mangini reportedly also is a candidate). Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was linked as a candidate to NFL head coaching jobs in Carolina and Cleveland.

Fewell's camp was quick to dampen those rumors.

"Perry Fewell is currently focused on helping [the Giants'] defense to further improvement in 2011," his agent announced via Twitter, a sign that he is not interested in other jobs.

Gilbride, meanwhile, appears poised to interview for the UConn job, and the Giants won't put up much of a fight.

"We don't want to hold anybody back," general manager Jerry Reese said. "If guys get an opportunity to move on to a better opportunity, we're happy for them. But we like our coaching staff right now."

Of course, during the last few weeks, the biggest change speculated about has been Coughlin himself. After Sunday's victory over the Redskins, John Mara gave Coughlin his public support and said the Giants will not move in another direction with their head coaching job.

Monday, co-owner Steve Tisch said the Giants expect to resolve Coughlin's situation - he has one year remaining on the deal he signed after winning Super Bowl XLII - promptly. The Giants have never had a lame-duck head coach in the last year of his contract.

"I don't think John, Jerry or I have ever let any of these issues linger on," Tisch said, "and in fairness to Tom and the team, this is an issue that will be addressed very, very soon."

Coughlin said he makes coaching decisions one year at a time, although the 64-year-old gamely threw out the idea of coaching until he is 70 or 72 before yanking those exact numbers back.

How long does his wife, Judy, want him to continue coaching?

"You'd have to ask her," Coughlin said with a chuckle. "I'm not touching that one."

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