Coughlin hasn't discussed extension yet

Tom Coughlin has made it no secret he wants to keep coaching for years to come.

And the Giants will eventually get around to extending Coughlin's contract, which runs through 2012. Co-owner John Mara said after the Super Bowl that he would be sitting down with Coughlin soon to discuss an extension.

Coughlin said on Friday that there have not been any serious discussions yet.

“We haven’t talked seriously,” Coughlin said.

When asked how long he wants to coach until, the 65-year-old coach said, “Everybody thought I was kidding. What did I say during the season, 72?”

When corrected by a reporter that it was really 74, Coughlin smiled.

As for his own coaching staff, Coughlin said he still has to fill the vacancies left behind by the departures of quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan and offensive line assistant coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. Sullivan went to Tampa Bay to become the offensive coordinator and Bicknell, Jr. left to become the offensive line coach in Kansas City.

Coughlin also explained why he would not allow Tampa to talk to offensive assistant Kevin Gilbride, Jr.

"Kevin is an outstanding young coach," Coughlin said. "He has got great energy, has got great enthusiasm, is very very good at his job, players enjoy working with him. A couple of years ago he was in the college game. Today he is a world champion. We lost two coaches from our offensive staff and the prospect of going forward, the responsibility that I have, while I am very interested in his career, I think he will an outstanding coach for the New York Giants going forward but we have to put our hands around our situation first."

"Our staff had lost two on that side of the ball," Coughlin added. "We’re not training coaches so they can go somewhere else to work."

Looks as if the younger Gilbride is likely in for a promotion.