Tom Coughlin is old. This is a plain and simple fact, and one that’s easily verified by his birth certificate. It’ll tell you that he’s currently 65, and that he’ll turn 66 only a few weeks before the start of the 2012 regular season.
What it won’t tell you, though, is that he’s the oldest coach in the NFL, an aging process that’s perhaps been accelerated by the life-sucking leach that is the New York media. He’s repeatedly been fired by those who write scathing columns, just not fired in reality. His fate was said to be sealed following two underwhelming seasons prior to 2011 in which the Giants missed the playoffs.
Yet he remained, and despite some trying times and disgruntled locker room personalities (that’s you, Osi Umenyiora) the Giants thrived this past season, winning their second championship over the past five years.
Now despite his age and the presumed mental weight of not just coaching, but coaching in New York, Coughlin still isn’t seeing any light inviting him into the football afterlife. He spoke to the Florida Times-Union during his 17th annual Jay Fund golf tournament Monday to benefit cancer-stricken families, and said he’s given very little thought to retirement.
From Gene Frenette:
“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.
“I really don’t feel any pull or tug in another direction. I look at it on a yearly basis. In our business, no matter how many years they give you on the contract, it’s a one-year deal anyway.”
Coughlin’s style of both controlled intensity and controlled chaos hints at a sense of longevity, which could lead to some history. Although as he said the job security of an NFL coach is minimal, when he blows out the candles on his latest birthday cake in August Coughlin will be six years removed from the age of 72, which is the mark Marv Levy and George Halas set as the oldest coaches in NFL history.
For most, that benchmark would still be far away. But for Coughlin, it feels close.
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