Tom Coughlin has been coaching longer than several NFL head coaches have been alive. That includes the man who replaced him with the Giants, Ben McAdoo.
It's the very fabric of what he does, and now Coughlin is trying to figure out if he's walking away from the game forever. The two-time Super Bowl champion told Peter King of TheMMQB.com he's starting to get the itch to coach and "his motor is starting to run again."
"I've coached 47 years of my life," Coughlin said Sunday evening. "You take it away, and that's not an easy thing to duplicate." He said his "motor is starting to run again" and sounded very much like he'd like to coach next year, but he realizes he'll need a partner willing to accept a different kind of coach. And not just in the discipline area. "We'll see," he said. "It'll take two to tango. The 70-year-old-man stuff will be a factor, and I'm sure they'll know this would be a three- or four-year thing." And how will he prevent the age thing being a nonstarter? "They'll have to know the guy," Coughlin said. "If I have an opportunity to speak to anyone [about a coaching job], they'll see what I'd be able to do for them."
Coughlin technically "stepped down" as head coach of the Giants, although he later admitted the team forced him out. It was pretty obvious to anyone watching the press conference. He would expand on what happened at the end with King but confirmed he remains "disappointed" by the team's decision.
"I'm not gonna go there. Fifteen years in the organization, and I'll stand by that," Coughlin said. "I'm disappointed how it ended, but I had a lot of great times there. I'll be rooting for them every time they play."
Add an asterisk on there if Coughlin ends up coming back to coaching. It's also hard to believe he's thrilled with how the offseason played out. After getting scapegoated (GM Jerry Reese kept his job) and seeing the same essential staff put in place (McAdoo was his offensive coordinator), the Giants went out and spent big money in free agency.
They re-upped Jason Pierre-Paul and paid big money for Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon to improve a debilitated defense.
It was a very un-Giants like offseason, the sort of high-priced purchases Coughlin never really got during his tenure.
Not that he ever needed more motivation to prove he can coach well, but the Giants definitely gave him some over the last few months.