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Giants Extend Tom Coughlin’s Contract

Courtesy 104.5 "The Team"

You can put an end to the Tom Coughlin speculation.  The Giants head coach will remain in that position until at least 2012.

Today, the club announced that they have given Coughlin a 1-year contract extention.  He was already signed thru the 2011 campaign.

Coughlin has led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory, two NFC East titles and four playoff berths.

Coughlin has been the Giants’ head coach since 2004. His regular season record with the club is 65-47 (.580 winning percentage). Coughlin’s 65 regular season victories are the third-highest total among head coaches in Giants history, behind only Hall of Famer Steve Owen (153) and Bill Parcells (77).

Coughlin’s postseason record is 4-3. He joins Parcells as the only Giants coaches with playoff records over .500 and his four postseason victories trail only Parcells, who had eight.

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The 2011 season will be Coughlin’s eighth as the Giants’ head coach. Only three other men in the 87-year history of the Giants have been the team’s head coach for at least eight years. Owen coached for 23 seasons (1931-53). Allie Sherman (1961-68) and Parcells (1983-90) each coached the Giants for eight seasons.

The Giants finished the 2010 season with a 10-6 record, following marks of 8-8, 12-4, 10-6, 8-8 and 11-5 the previous five seasons. Their six-year streak without a losing record is the Giants’ longest since they had 10 in a row from 1954-63. The Giants won at least 10 games in four of Coughlin’s first seven seasons as head coach.  However, they missed the playoffs the past two seasons and were knocked out in the 1st round by Philadelphia back in 2008.

Coughlin’s previous contract extension, which he signed in 2008 following the Giants’ Super Bowl victory, was scheduled to expire after the 2011 season.

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