Saturday March 8, 2008
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Tom Coughlin is being
rewarded for guiding the New York Giants to their improbable Super
Bowl victory. The 61-year-old has signed a four-year, 21-million-dollar
contract that makes him one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches.
Giants president and chief executive John Mara says the contract
recognizes Coughlin's "outstanding achievements" and sends a
message "that we want him to be our coach for many years to
Steve Tisch, the team's chairman and executive vice president,
says Coughlin "took a group of football players and molded them
into the best team in the world."
Coughlin had been on the verge of being fired after the Giants
went 8-8 in 2006 and were eliminated in the first round of the
playoffs for the second straight year. He will now make about 5 and a-quarter million dollars a year, a 2-million-dollar increase over last season. Seattle's Mike Holmgren is the NFL's top-paid coach at 8 million
dollars a year.