EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – It appears that the New York Giants will not be in the market for a new head coach this offseason after owner John Mara told the media on Monday that he wants Tom Coughlin to return in 2014.
“We still have every confidence in him,” Mara told reporters on Monday afternoon.
This comes on the heels of a 7-9 season which saw the Giants lose their first six games and miss the postseason for the fourth time in five years. However, a 7-3 finish over the season’s final ten games may have been enough to save Coughlin. Many also believe that Coughlin has earned a “lifetime pass” after winning two Super Bowls during his tenure in New York.
Coughlin had expressed during his season-ending press conference Monday morning that he still had the desire to coach, if ownership wanted him to stick around.
"I've always been a coach," Coughlin indicated when asked why he wanted to keep going at age 67. "My feelings are exactly the same as they always have been. Competitive by nature, I want to be the best that I can be and the people that surround me, I want them to be the very best they can be."
"From my standpoint, as I look at a 16-game season and hopefully a postseason, I’ve always had the energy and the drive and the determination and my answer has always been to those who have asked, I got into this thing a little bit later than most," Coughlin continued. "I became a head coach in Division III when I was very young. At age 45, I got another opportunity to be a head coach in college. I’m just a young guy in this business."
While Coughlin appears to be set to return in 2014, it remains to be seen if all of his staff will be back as well. During his session with reporters Monday afternoon, owner John Mara indicated the offense is “broken” and that the Giants “can’t go into next season with the same personnel,” which indicates that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride could indeed take the fall for the Giants’ horrific offensive showing this season.