INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Coughlin is looking forward to the parade and a couple weeks off to reflect on the Giants’ second championship in five seasons. Then he will begin preparations for defending the title.
The 65-year-old coach sees no reason to retire now.
“I mean, it’s what I do,” Coughlin said Monday morning, hours after New York beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in the Super Bowl. “So the alternative, I’ve never really given it a whole lot of consideration.”
Coughlin could be around for a while after his second title as a head coach. He signed a contract extension in July that runs through next season, but it looks like the Giants could revisit that deal after the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl win.
“I don’t fish, I don’t golf,” Coughlin said. “My wife keeps telling me, ‘You better have something to do, buddy boy. If you think you’re going to hang around here, you’re crazy.’”
Giants CEO John Mara said it’s safe to say the team wants Coughlin to return.
“He might be 65, but he’s got the energy of somebody quite younger than that,” he said.
The team’s charter plane from Indianapolis touched down around 1:55 p.m. Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Several players saluted the crowd as they departed the aircraft, and some used cameras and video recorders to capture the moment and the scene.
Once on the ground, the players, coaches and team officials were greeted by several hundred airport employees and a Port Authority bagpipe band. Crews also fired water cannons to salute the team while the plane taxied to a hangar.
The players then took buses to the team’s headquarters in East Rutherford, where thousands lined the gates waiting to catch a glimpse of the champions.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham and defensive end Justin Tuck came over to the fence to greet the cheering fans.
“Every time we came into the huddle, we just tried to take it one play at a time,” Tuck said Monday. “It was just another team effort. We were so focused.”
A celebratory parade up the “Canyon of Heroes” in lower Manhattan will take place today.