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Tom Coughlin doesn't yet plan to retire from Giants

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Coughlin isn't going away anytime soon.

The coach of the New York Giants turns 67 this summer, but he has no plans to pull the plug on a coaching career that stretches back to 1969.

"I approach each year the way I've always approached it," Coughlin said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I mean, the energy's flowing good, I'm excited about it, and looking forward to this offseason, getting our football team together again. Maybe at some point I'll get the message, but it certainly isn't right now."

Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas recently told NFL Network's "NFL AM" that he believes Coughlin -- under contract through 2014 -- "has one more year in him," but franchise co-owner John Mara disagrees.

"I mean, I don't see him going to Florida to play shuffleboard anytime soon," Mara told the New York Daily News this week. "I think he's still got a lot of fire left in him, and he's still a great coach, so hopefully he's going to be around for many more years."

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Coughlin doesn't give off the vibe of a fellow nearing the end. Quite the opposite. The veteran coach spoke passionately about how hard it was for him to release running back Ahmad Bradshaw and cracked a smile when he was asked what it meant to return to Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVI.

"Certainly is a lot of great memories coming back here," said Coughlin, sounding like a guy gunning to make it back to that stage one more time before calling it quits.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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