He still gets up at 5:15 every morning to hit the weight room. He still comes back for cardio every afternoon. The “energy’s still flowing good,” he says, and he can’t imagine a time when that won’t be true.

So perhaps it’s only natural that Tom Coughlin smiled when the notion of his retirement was mentioned at the NFL Scouting Combine. The 66-year-old Giants coach, who has two seasons remaining on the extension he signed before the 2012 season, admitted Friday that he hasn’t truly thought about his football life past 2013. But he added that he has too much left to accomplish in his career to consider retirement.

“You know what, I’m a football coach,” Coughlin said. “And I don’t think the way a lot of people think. And certainly I don’t think about here’s the next phase of it. Maybe at some point I’ll get the message. But it certainly isn’t right now.”

Rumors tend to swirl around Coughlin because of his age and his contract status, and the latest one came from one of his own players this week, when Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas told the NFL Network that he thought the coach had “one more season” left in him. Coughlin said he heard that rumor and spent the next several days trying to “think of something funny to say about that.

“I don’t know what to say about it,” Coughlin said. “I don’t even know how a young man would come to that statement. I approach each year the way I’ve always approached them.”