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NFL Combine Blog- 2/19- Coughlin Speaks Up

Tom Coughlin speaks out about his job; Measurements come back good for top QB’s; Texans have a QB plan.

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Coughlin Speaks On JPP, Job Security

Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Tom Coughlin took to the podium at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday, and he would not let on whether the Giants had intentions of franchising defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

Coughlin did however express his interest in having the former first-round pick back in blue.

“We are convinced that we want him back and there have been a lot of different discussions and hopefully he’s going to remain a Giant,” Coughlin said.

“The goal is for him to be a Giant and play as a Giant forever and retire as a Giant. How that works out is another issue.”

When the focus shifted to Coughlin’s own job, he eluded to a decision coming soon but didn’t want to let any “cats out of any bags.”

“In a short amount of time you’ll discover what’s going on,” Coughlin said.

The former leader of the Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars became a little miffed when he was asked about his job security.

“Security? Security? There’s 32 guys that coach one year at a time, I don’t care how many years you’ve got on your contract,” Coughlin explained.

The Giants ownership is one of the most stable in all of sports and it’s more likely than not that Tom Coughlin will be able to go out on his own terms.

Measuring In

There has been an unflattering picture of Jameis Winston making the rounds through the internet and there was major speculation on what his official weigh-in would look like at the Combine.

Winston measured in at 6-foot-3 3/4 and more importantly weighed in at 231 pounds, just one pound heavier than his listed playing weight at Florida State.

This particular weigh-in should ease the talk about Jameis Winston’s work ethic for at least a few days.

In one of the more important measurements, Winston’s chief competitor for the top-overall pick, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota measured in at an identical 6-foot-3 3/4 and 221 pounds.

One of the knocks on Mariota stems from his fumbling and he had a perfectly acceptable 9 7/8 inch hand size (while Winston’s was 9 3/8 inches).

In one other note, former Missouri and Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham measured in at an astounding 6-foot-5, 237 pounds with 32 1/2 inch arms and 9 inch hands.

Mallett Looks To Be Texans Frontrunner

As reported earlier on Football Insiders, the Texans wish to bring quarterback Ryan Mallett back for 2015 to compete for the starting quarterback job.

Texans general manager Rick Smith addressed the media at the NFL Combine and heaped praise upon the former New England Patriot.

“Apparent he picked up several leadership traits that were impressive (from Tom Brady),” Smith said of impending free agent Ryan Mallett.

Leaving no question about the team’s stance, Smith stated, “We’re hopeful we get him back.”

Smith also spoke about last season’s first-overall draft pick, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

“I do think that he can be a very impactful player,” Smith said of Clowney who played in just four games in his injury shortened rookie year.

Smith covered the collective rear ends of his scouting department when he stated that Clowney’s knee injury occurred during the season and it wasn’t anything that they missed in the draft process.

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.

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