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Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Indicates Contract Extension Could Be Coming

Coughlin speaks to media at Combine.

Tom Coughlin Thursday at the Combine
Tom Coughlin Thursday at the Combine
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New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin hinted during a press conference Thursday at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine that he could soon be receiving another contract extension from the team.

Coughlin, whose current contract expires after the 2015 season, said only that talks were "underway" with the organization and "In a short amount of time you'll discover what's going on. I don't think it's any big mystery."

It isn't difficult to read between the lines of those remarks and figure out that the veteran coach anticipates that the Giants won't allow him to enter the season as a "lame duck" coach. He did not seem concerned about it.

"There's 32 guys that coach one year at a time, I don't care how many years you have on your contract." Coughlin said.

Here are some of the other topics Coughlin addressed during his brief meeting with reports.

Coughlin said that "without a doubt" the Giants want free agent defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to return next season.

"The goal is for him to be a Giant and play as a Giant forever and retire as a Giant."

The other big-name free agent on the Giants defense is Antrel Rolle, and Coughlin was effusive in his praise of Rolle. He said that Rolle was in his office every Tuesday to discuss ways the Giants could improve.

"He is an outstanding young man and, to be honest with you, I have never come across a player that was more interested in his team and trying to help his team get better in any way he could. ... I admire that very much in him as a young man and a leader."

Coughlin said the Giants want Rolle back but there are "financial restrictions."

Coughlin would not get into his reasons for switching defensive coordinators, ousting Perry Fewell and re-hiring Steve Spagnuolo, other than to say "I just thought change was necessary."

Coughlin said Weston Richburg, who played left guard last season, is a center and would compete there in 2015.

Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib continues to improve and could be an NFL starter, according to Coughlin.