Giants owner John Mara: Tom Coughlin extension coming 'sooner rather than later'

Tom Coughlin is entering the final year of his contract, but Giants owner John Mara said Wednesday that he was confident the Giants and the coach would get a new deal done "sooner rather than later."

Mara spoke to reporters with the Giants unveiling their 2011 Super Bowl rings on Wednesday and, per our Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, expressed confidence that the coach will have a deal soon.

"We're working on it," Mara said. "It will be done sooner rather than later."

It's always odd to see an NFL coach heading into the season on the final year of his contract: NFL owners -- quite understandably -- hate lame-duck coaches because players understand what it means when a coach only has one year left on his deal.

But it's especially weird to see a coach who just won the Super Bowl heading into the final year of his contract. Of course, Coughlin's only in this situation because he was basically on the hot seat up until the Giants won the Super Bowl -- fans were calling for his head as recently as Week 10 of last year.

That's nothing new, though. Fans in New York have wanted Coughlin fired for some time now and only seem to come around to his side when he wins Super Bowls. Fortunately, Mara's a smart and patient guy and has had Coughlin's back throughout it all. It stands to reason that he'll make sure Coughlin gets paid.

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