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Super Bowl victory aside, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he's the same guy who was on the hot seat this time a year ago. He climbed the mountain with the Giants' stunning upset of the Patriots earlier this month, rode in a parade in New York City and now is getting back to work. He says he hasn't changed, that only the perception of him has changed.

That brought a knowing smile to Tony Dungy's face yesterday during combine activities in Indianapolis. Dungy won a Super Bowl a year ago, and he found he was viewed differently in a lot of areas. But in fact, Dungy hadn't changed either.

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"You try very hard not to change," Dungy said. "You try to do things the same way. But the perception of you does change. ... You're perceived as being smarter."

At least until the next tough loss.

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