In an interview Wednesday with Newsday's Bob Glauber, Coughlin discussed how his life has changed since giving up coaching: "I don't have my routine, and Judy and I downsized, so we can't even hide from each other. I'm just there, so she's not crazy about that. She's looking at me like I'm trespassing. That's just how it goes."
While Coughlin may no longer be head coach, Giants team president John Mara made it clear he wanted to have him around in the organization in a different role:
Coughlin still has an office at the Giants' team facility, which causes him to run into New York's new head coach, Ben McAdoo, on occasion.
"It’s not as comfortable, honestly, but I don't interrupt anybody or disturb anything or disrupt anything," Coughlin said of the situation. "Usually I see Ben when I'm in there, and I get a workout in and visit others in the building."
After McAdoo was hired by the team, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported there were some concerns internally about whether the former offensive coordinator was suited to handle an entire locker room:
Glauber reported Coughlin still wants to coach in the NFL—or at least have a "significant" position with a team. Coughlin said, "That will put the old fire in the belly."
While one can understand Mara's desire to keep him in the fold, it could undermine McAdoo somewhat if the team gets off to a slow start. Fans—and even some players—could question whether Coughlin might be a better option, especially when he's showing up to the team facility on a regular basis.