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Tom Coughlin not ready to talk retirement

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin answers

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (Feb. 22, 2013) Credit: AP

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Coughlin isn't quite sure where Terrell Thomas got his information, but whatever the case, the Giants' coach says there's nothing to Thomas' suggestion that this might be Coughlin's last season on the Giants' sideline.

Thomas suggested in an interview on NFL Network on Monday that Coughlin might call it quits after the 2013 season, especially if the Giants win Super Bowl XLVIII next February at MetLife Stadium, where the team plays its home games.

"I think he has one more [season] in him," the defensive back said. "I think he wants to go out on top. Hopefully, we can get it right and bring a Super Bowl home in [MetLife] Stadium."

But Coughlin, 66, said at the scouting combine Friday that he has no plans to retire.

"Maybe at some point I'll get the message, but it certainly isn't right now," he said.

Coughlin, who has two years left on his contract, insists he's not ready to hang it up anytime soon. "I'm a football coach, and I don't think the way a lot of people think," he said. "I don't think about, 'OK, here is the next phase of it.' We kid around. My wife [Judy] said, 'You'll coach for the next six years,' and I said, 'Well, I'm questioning your motive on that one.' "

Asked if he would be comfortable coaching on a one-year deal after the 2013 season, Coughlin said, "Ask me next year. Next year is 2013, and I'm geared up for that. Let's go do that and then we'll talk about whatever else. I have two years left on the contract.

"If I'm in good health, if Judy's in good health, I don't see the numbers," he said. "I've always been kind of a late starter. I was a Division III head coach right out of college, but the next opportunity I got was at age 45.

"I've got goals. I've got things I want to get done," he said. "I've got a [charitable] foundation. I've got a family. I've got all these things that I still would like very much to accomplish and be a part of this great New York Giants organization. To think beyond those years, no. One year at a time, and then let's talk about next year. Then after next year, we'll talk about the following year."

Coughlin said he feels fit and does the same physical routine he's done the last several years. "I'm doing basically the same things I've always done in the offseason," he said. "I work out 5:15 in the morning in the weight room. I come back late in the afternoon and do the cardiovascular stuff. That hasn't changed."

After winning the Super Bowl in February 2012, the Giants are coming off a 9-7 season in which they missed the playoffs. The 2013 team will look decidedly different, especially after the release of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker Michael Boley and defensive tackle Chris Canty.

It's not easy for the coach.

"I think Ahmad Bradshaw said it best; he said that it broke his heart but he understands it's a business," Coughlin said. "We all do. We're not happy about any of that, especially in the way that our organization is run. As a coach, I don't want to see anybody go. I want to wrap my arms around them all. I want them to play together forever, but that's not the case. It doesn't happen."

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