As the clock winds down on reveling in Super Bowl XLVI, the NFL Annual Meeting is a final checkpoint before the 2012 season really kicks into gear.
Tom Coughlin held court today at the league meetings in Palm Beach. True to form, the Giants head man reflected and expressed his gratitude for a 2011 championship season, but the two-time champion head coach isn't one to rest on his laurels.
"When we return, we'll try to bridge from last year's tremendous season to this year in terms of the intangibles involved that were behind all this," he told NFL Network. "And I think we'll get the engines roaring again."
In addition to intangibles, Coughlin and the Giants will look to compensate for the losses of running back Brandon Jacobs, who was released earlier this month and came to terms with San Francisco today, and wide receiver Mario Manningham, who also signed with the 49ers. Coughlin was asked about their departures.
"Those are two outstanding players that have played well for us," Coughlin said. "Mario, obviously making the huge, huge plays at the end of the Super Bowl this year to put us in the position to win. Brandon has been with us through two Super Bowls. So outstanding players, outstanding contributors, outstanding young men. But the nature of our business is that there is change and there will be change and there always will be change. So we'd like to say that everyone could stay together, but it really doesn't happen."
Also swirling around South Florida is the news of Saints coach Sean Payton's year-long suspension for the "bounty" scandal and who will hold his place for the season. Former Giants Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells has entered the discussion as a possibility, and Coughlin gave what little he knew about the situation involving his mentor.
"I can't add a lot to that because I really don't know what's going on. I did read a statement yesterday by Bill who apparently said that he had not been contacted by New Orleans," Coughlin said. "But I did see something this morning that said Sean would like Bill to be the coach this year. So I don't know much about that, but I'm sure that will all be worked out here very shortly."
Soon the calendar will turn to April, and Coughlin will be all systems go for 2012. But one last stroll down (recent) memory lane never hurt anyone.
"When you ask me about what it's like to win in New York, it's not like anything you ever experienced in your life," Coughlin said earlier in the morning. "It's the stuff of legends. It's a magnificent experience."