The New York Giants announced Wednesday night that head coach Tom Coughlin has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
The move was expected and is largely procedural. The three-year contract extension Coughlin signed following the team's Super Bowl XLVI victory ran through 2014, but the Giants have a policy of not letting coaches operate as "lame ducks" with only one year left on their deal. So this time last year, they gave Coughlin a one-year extension through 2015, and this extension keeps him from heading into this coming season as a lame duck.
Coughlin hinted last month at the NFL scouting combine that this move was in the works. Newly signed defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo got a two-year deal, and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo recently had his contract extended through 2016, so there was little chance the Giants were going to create a situation in which the coordinators were signed for longer than the head coach.
Coughlin has coached the Giants for 11 seasons. He has a 104-83 record that includes two Super Bowl titles. He is the third-longest-tenured head coach with his current team in the NFL. Bill Belichick has coached the Patriots for 15 seasons and Marvin Lewis has coached the Bengals for 12.