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Posted at 8:33 PM ET, 01/ 2/2011

Tom Coughlin's job with Giants was never in doubt, owner says

By Cindy Boren

The whispers about Tom Coughlin's demise were greatly exaggerated. New York Giants owner John Mara said, after the team's 17-14 win over the Washington Redskins, that Coughlin would return.

"There was never any doubt he was going to be back next season," Mara told the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano. "There was never any doubt in my mind. There was never any doubt in [co-owner] Steve Tisch's mind. There was never any doubt in the organization's mind.

"I told him that last week. I said 'Don't listen to all the nonsense. You're going to be back next season. We still believe in you and we want you as your coach.' "

Despite winning 10 games, the Giants were eliminated from playoff contention when the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears.

"The players play hard for him. He's very organized. He's everything you want as a coach," Mara said. "I'm obviously disappointed we didn't make the playoffs. Everybody in this locker room is disappointed. But that doesn't mean you blow the whole thing up."

Mara did say that the status of Coughlin's assistants will likely be discussed soon, along with Coughlin's contract, which runs through next season. Because of the Giants' policy of not letting a coach work the final year of his contract, Coughlin is likely to get an extension of at least a year.

By Cindy Boren  | January 2, 2011; 8:33 PM ET
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