PHOENIX - Tom Coughlin always has said he and all other NFL head coaches are really on one-year contracts.
Quarterbacks, though, aren't.
Franchises search for and desire long-term stability at that position. So with Eli Manning heading into the final year of his deal, and the team's ownership saying there is nothing to report in terms of giving him an extension at this time, Manning's future has become a hot topic at the NFL's annual meetings.
Well, in some circles anyway.
Coughlin said he was asked about Manning's contract on an NFL Network interview earlier in the week. "I was like, 'What are you talking about?' " he said.
Coughlin expressed confidence that Manning will play his whole career with the Giants, and he said Manning likely understands that as well.
"Eli knows he's our guy," Coughlin said. "[As for] when these things get done, well, I think John [Mara] last week expressed it as well as it can be said. Yeah, it'd be great if it was done. If it isn't done going in [to the season], it'll be done during or shortly after or whenever."
Coughlin said the Giants do not need further convincing before committing to a contract extension. This will not be, he said, a "prove it" season. The Giants are not playing "wait and see" with Manning.
"Everybody's got to earn it," Coughlin said. "But I don't think that's the case. Everybody has to prove everything, everybody has to prove that they are worthy of whatever. That having been said, the process of contract is just ongoing. I don't see it as any issue."
Coughlin, who has had to hammer out his own extensions with the Giants, most recently this offseason, noted that the Giants often are methodical when it comes to such matters and that could be slowing the pace of negotiations.
"Sometimes the way in which this works, particularly when you are talking about our franchise, things are done that way," he said. "The process is slower. Don't ask me why, but it is. It'll get done, I'm fully confident of that, and I think so is Eli. Why would he have any concern about that? I don't see that as anything in terms of him getting ready to go and playing and so on."