Headline Envy? New Yorkers Know Who Won Title, Giants’ Coughlin Says

PALM BEACH, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — Giants coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t appear to be bothered by the lack of attention.

He prefers to stay under the radar. Until it counts, at least.

Asked at the NFC coaches breakfast about all the attention the Jets have been getting with their trade for Tim Tebow and contract extension for Mark Sanchez — in other words, their budding quarterback controversy — Coughlin simply smiled and said:

“You know who won the Super Bowl even if we’re not on front page. New Yorkers know.”

Coughlin also doesn’t believe in rotating quarterbacks. Jets coach Rex Ryan plans to use his ultra-popular backup in Tony Sparano’s wildcat offense.

“I don’t have a lot of experience with that,” Coughlin said, again smiling at the thought he has Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner. “Once you start to develop your guy, you like him to have the ball in his hand.”

Coughlin seemed aghast when asked if he would take the ball out of his starting QB’s hands for, say, 20 snaps a game.

“With our guy?” he said. “I don’t do hypotheticals.”

Not so theoretical is the coach getting a contract extension. Giants owner John Mara said the team expects to work out an extension for the 65-year-old Coughlin very soon, probably within a month or so. It likely will be the final contract for Coughlin, who last year received an extension through 2012.

“We’ve had a lot of good discussions since the Super Bowl, and I have no doubt it’s going to get done very soon,” Mara told the New York Post on Tuesday. “As I’ve said, Tom is our guy, and we think we have the best coach in the league.”

“There’s talk,” Coughlin said, “and quite frankly, it will get done.”

He indicated it will be for several years.

Coughlin also said he wouldn’t discount Bill Parcells, his former boss and longtime confidant, considering the interim coach’s role with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints spoke with Parcells about the job on Tuesday; coach Sean Payton is suspended for the 2012 season for his part in the team’s bounty system that targeted opponents for hits that could injure them.

“I had one conversation (after the Super Bowl) with Bill and it was as if he had the league and all the key situations in your games and the other games on the tip of his tongue,” Coughlin said. “He knew the ins and out of our season. It seemed like he knew the ins and outs of every teams’ seasons.”

Giants fans, are you bothered by all the attention toward the Jets? Sound off below…

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  • Jack

    Just like the Super Bowl was “Deja Blue” , so is the off season ! Those moron Jets make all the worthless headlines, as the 3 ring circus continues and we keep on collecting Lombardi trophies ! Will be in the news soon with the design of Super Bowl ring #4 !!! Eat your heart out loser Jets !

  • Big Blue in Maine

    Let the Jets get all the headlines. After all most of the time it is for the wrong reasons anyway. The Giants have the trophy’s and that is the way I like it. Coughlin and Eli are the best NYG combo since Parcells and Simms and I am loving it!

  • BigBlueOverseas

    Sanchez. Tebow. Got Eli? In NYC, it’s ALL about Eli Manning.

  • Geno

    Mark my words there will be time where we all look back and realize Rex Ryan and Mr T have done more harm to the Jets organization than good. Mangini left a great roster behind for Rex and the further we get away from that the closer the Jets inch below mediocracy. Rex Ryan is a politician and we all know how great they are at screwing the next guy who takes over :)

  • Mike

    The cream (as in Giants) always rises to the top!!!!!

    Would any Giants fan want to have Rex as a coach?????

  • TS

    Even when I didn’t live in the NY area, I still rooted for the NY teams. Last year for the first time, I rooted against the Jets so they would just shut up. The Tebow situation is another joke in the current Jets history. It’s pathetic to watch and listen too. Will they ever learn ?….Guess not.

  • BigBlue

    The Jets will always be the secondary team to the Giants, just as the Mets will always be to the Yankees, and thats just a fact like it or not. And I don’t care if the Jets and Mets both win titles again (although they won’t anytime soon!)

    The Yankees and Giants are both class organizations filled with a rich history that the Jets or Mets can never compete with….period. Sorry to you fans of those two teams, but you know in your heart its true.

  • Bob

    I just LOVE all of the counterproductive attention the Just End The Season team gets!!!!!!

  • Dixie

    The Jets Sanchez / Tebow saga is nothing more than a New York Football area comedy side show.

  • Gizmo


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