"I'm not mentally, not physically, ready [to retire]. I feel I have good energy. I'm excited every day. The competitiveness, the nature of the business, is something that I'm still excited about. I don't wander down that path. I don't think about retirement. I enjoy the situation I'm in. I appreciate the backing I've received from [Giants] ownership and the way the players have responded to our program.
Well, certainly we were the better team in the first two years. We made the playoffs, went to the championship game. To say a team's better than you that never went to the playoffs is ridiculous. Clearly, we were the better team my first two years here and we get to prove on Saturday who the best team is this year.
"Well, it’s not an easy thing to put into words because of all the emotions that run when you think of the flag, when you think of 9/11, when you think of Ground Zero, when you think of all the people who’ve been affected by this," Coughlin said this morning on Sirius NFL Radio’s Opening Drive. "But one of the things that does put the goosebumps on top of my goosebumps is the reaction of all Americans to this news and what’s going on on the college campuses, what has taken place spontaneously in down town New York City and Washington, D.C., to the Mets-Philles game last night, those type of things. It just about takes your breath away.
"The one thing that came out of last year … the players believed in themselves and the idea of team and the sharing of the team concept gave them greater confidence.
"There were people who counted on each other and relied on each other. Our approach will be the same. One meeting, one practice, one day at a time. You do the best you can, try the hardest you can and surround yourself with people with a singleness of purpose."