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Coughlin Pulls Out of Eagles Talks
Friday, Jan. 15
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News said, "Coughlin was given the [Philadelphia Eagles] job if he wanted it and that changed with the Giants hired [Bob McAdoo], via Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.
On Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing sources, reported Coughlin "is withdrawing his name from consideration" for the Eagles' head coaching position, adding it was "not the right fit." Gary Myers of the New York Daily News added Coughlin could have had the Eagles job, but turned it down because most of his staff is staying with McAdoo with the Giants.
Earlier, Schefter reported the Eagles had "turned their attention" to Coughlin; however, Schefter noted "there are issues for [the] two sides to work through."
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said Wednesday, per Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, that Coughlin's interview with the Eagles on Jan. 11 went "very well," via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.
Coughlin Unlikely to Join 49ers
Thursday, Jan. 14
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Coughlin doesn't see the San Francisco 49ers being a good fit, as they're too far away from his family.
On Jan. 12, Rapoport reported that Coughlin was meeting with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, that Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo would join Coughlin if he were to take the job.
Coughlin Drawing Interest as Front Office Executive
Saturday, Jan. 9
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported multiple teams have expressed interest in Coughlin, and noted he may wind up joining an NFL front office rather than coaching.
Coughlin Offered Role in Giants Organization
Tuesday, Jan. 5
Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters that he asked Coughlin to remain with the Giants "in some capacity," and that the head coach said he would consider it.
Coughlin Reportedly Might Want to Coach Again
Monday, Jan. 4
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported on Coughlin's apparent outlook for the future, citing a source familiar with the coach's thinking who also "cautioned not to rule out anything about Coughlin's future."
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora weighed in on Coughlin and implied he could see him take another job:
Coughlin's statement on his exit from the Giants does not mention the word retire, whatsoever. He will get some inquires for sure— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 4, 2016
Coughlin's Legacy Secure After Giants Tenure
Coughlin won two Super Bowls during his time in the Big Apple and has little else to prove. Apparently that isn't stopping him from at least giving a thought to extending his time as an NFL coach.
At age 69, he'll most likely be attracted to a team that seems positioned to win right away as opposed to a rebuilding project.
By all accounts and the reactions from former players, coaches and media members, Coughlin is a class act who would bring instant credibility to any team he'd join. The question is whether there's a team worth coaching at this stage of his career that has a head coaching vacancy in the first place.