EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin will be going into the season with a little more job security.
The Giants confirmed Friday that they gave the 67-year-old Coughlin a one-year extension, putting him under contract through the 2015 season. The agreement had been expected since the franchise has a history of not allowing its head coach go into a season as a lame duck.
"The Giants have always done that," Coughlin told reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
"That was always indicated to me. I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it to be honest with you. We've had a lot of work going on in our business and our building, as you know. So I had great confidence that it would happen, and it did."
Coughlin said that his agent and the Giants never talked about getting a longer contract, which is not surprising. The Giants have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and three of four.
However, his Super Bowl titles in 2008 and '12 earned him at least another season.
Coughlin and the Giants had wanted to get the deal done earlier, but it was delayed while Coughlin reshaped his offensive staff. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired after the Giants (7-9) missed the playoffs and two other longtime assistants, running backs coach Jerald Ingram and tight ends coach Mike Pope, were fired.
Coughlin also reassigned quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan and receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride, with Ryan taking over the receivers and the younger Gilbride moving to tight ends.
Former Packers assistant Ben McAdoo was hired as the offensive coordinator.
Coughlin said making the changes was very difficult.
"You have coaches that have, in many cases, been with you a long, long time with Kevin (Gilbride) retiring and with Mike (Pope) and Jerald (Ingram) — they had been with me a long time," Coughlin said. "I have great respect for them. It's never easy. It's very difficult thing for a head coach to do, whether it be a player, whether it be a coach, guys I have respect for.
"They were very, very good football coaches. I just felt like in those situations that I needed to make some other changes after Kevin retired in the best interest of our team. And in doing that, we're back on track now trying to get ourselves ready for the spring."