Tom Coughlin brushes off talk

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Coughlin doesn't look or sound like a man ready for retirement anytime soon.

The New York Giants coach seemed amused by the talk of when he might hang up his whistle after cornerback Terrell Thomas said he thinks Coughlin has "one more [year] in him."

"I tried to think of something funny to say, but I don't know what to say about it," Coughlin said during his media availability at the NFL scouting combine. "I don't even know how a young man would come to that statement."

"I approach each year the way I always approach them, and the energy is flowing well and I'm excited about it," Coughlin added. "I'm looking forward to this offseason and getting our football team together again. Maybe at some point I'll get the message, but it certainly isn't right now."

Coughlin, 66, is under contract through 2014. He shows no signs of slowing down after winning his second Super Bowl championship during the 2011 season.

His future became an issue after Thomas was asked on NFL Network recently about when Coughlin might retire.

"I thought it was this [past] season," Thomas said, "but I think he has one more in him. We have a great nucleus of guys, and I don't think he wants to give that up. That passion is still burning within him. He's in that facility all day, every day. He's going crazy not being able to coach and watch film.

"He lives and breathes football. He has everybody in there all day, every day in the offseason. I think he wants to go out on top. Hopefully we can get it right and bring a Super Bowl home in Giants Stadium."

Coughlin has often joked that he will coach as long as he is wanted and as long as he and his wife are in good health. He seemed taken aback by all the speculation and questions about his future and how long he wants to keep coaching.

"You're asking me areas that I don't know if they're sensitive or what, but I haven't spent a lot of time [thinking about it]," Coughlin said when asked if he would coach in 2014 without a contract extension. "You guys have spent more time thinking about it than I have."

"Seriously, I've got goals. I've got things I want to get done," Coughlin added. "I've got a foundation. I've got a family. I've got all these things that I would still very much like to accomplish and be a part of this great New York Giant organization. To think beyond those years, no. One at a time. Next year. Let's talk about next year. Then after next year, we'll talk about the following year."