Tom Coughlin doesn't like being away from coaching.
On Monday, the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach said in an interview on Fox & Friends that he's still trying to adjust to not coaching a team since stepping down from his position as the New York Giants head coach Jan. 4 (via James Kratch of NJ.com):
Not well, not very well, to be honest with you. It's a very difficult thing, I don't care who you are, or how long you've been doing it. I've been doing it a long time, so you get yourself into the rhythm.
Your whole life, the calendar of your life is based on football, about the seasons, whether it's in-season or out of season. You have a schedule that you follow. So there's some adjusting for me to make.
Coughlin ended his tenure with the Giants after 12 years in New York. It was a stint that involved two Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots, five trips to the playoffs and three division titles. This is the first time Coughlin has been out of coaching since 2003, when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him.
Despite stepping down, Coughlin hasn't announced any intentions to retire. He met with the San Francisco 49ers in early January to discuss their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport (via Around the NFL's Conor Orr) and was also a candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles job before withdrawing his name from consideration, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
"I'm not ret...I don't like that word," the 69-year-old said when asked about retirement, per Kratch. "I'm way too young for that."
Coughlin will likely be one of the hottest coaching commodities on the open market next year despite finishing his time in New York with three straight losing seasons. Given the right pieces, Coughlin can turn any team into a contender, and the right situation may come up next year.