NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Put a lid on the retirement speculation. Tom Coughlin says he wants to return to coach the Giants in 2014.
“I’m just a young guy in this business,” the 67-year-old Coughlin said Monday during his season-ending press conference. “And everyone wants to know what’s next for me. I hope it’s coaching the New York Giants.”
“I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about me and my circumstance and my situation,” he added. “It’s rather our team and where we’re going, what direction we’re in.”
Coughlin was asked whether he’s received any assurances from team brass.
“You’re going to hear from (Giants co-owner) John Mara, from (general manager) Jerry Reese a little bit later, and they’ll fill you in on that response,” Coughlin said. “But again, I do want to coach.”
Reese followed him at the podium and said he “absolutely” wants Coughlin to return, though they haven’t talked it out yet.
Mara said: “We still have every confidence in him. We do want him back as our coach in 2014.”
With two Super Bowl titles under his belt, Coughlin was expected to have the luxury of controlling his own future in New York. But the franchise missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years in 2013 thanks to an 0-6 start and a historically bad season from franchise quarterback Eli Manning.
Big Blue went 7-3 to finish the season at 7-9 and were briefly in the conversation in a weak NFC East.
“This team did come together and have an identity,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin said his coaching staff would be evaluated this week, adding that he believes “very strongly” in a group that includes offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
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