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Tom Coughlin: 'I don't think about retirement'

Forget retirement. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is expected to get a contract extension this season.

The soon-to-be 66-year-old coach says he doesn't even think about life after football.

"I feel I have good energy. I'm excited every day. The competitiveness, the nature of the business, is something that I'm still excited about," Coughlin told the Florida Times-Union Tuesday. "I don't wander down that path. I don't think about retirement. I enjoy the situation I'm in. I appreciate the backing I've received from [Giants] ownership and the way the players have responded to our program."

Coughlin is in Jacksonville for the 17th annual Jay Fund golf tournament, which benefits cancer-stricken families. Eli Manning was also in attendance and noted how much Coughlin has changed since his early days in New York.

"He's toned it down, especially from that first year in 2004. He was a wild man on the sidelines. It was a shock for me to see, kind of out of control in a sense. But now he's a smooth operator, and I think a lot of it is because he has trust in his players, Manning said.

Coughlin said that his wife hasn't pressured him to retire. Despite two Super Bowl titles, Coughlin figures that he's only as good as his next season.

"I really don't feel any pull or tug in another direction. I look at it on a yearly basis. In our business, no matter how many years they give you on the contract, it's a one-year deal anyway," Coughlin said.

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