Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed what many suspected in an interview with the Jay Mohr Show on Fox Sports Radio Tuesday by revealing that it was not his decision to part ways with Big Blue.
According to John Healy of the New York Daily News, the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach admitted in the interview that the Giants' choice to move on has been difficult for him: "Hey, do I agree with the move? Of course not. It hurts. It hurts. Former is not a good word. I don't like the word, but that's the way it is."
The 69-year-old native of Waterloo, New York, interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles' vacant head-coaching job after being replaced by Ben McAdoo, but the two sides ultimately failed to reach an agreement, and Doug Pederson was hired instead.
During Tuesday's interview (h/t Healy), Coughlin said coaching is still of interest to him, but that Philadelphia wasn't the right fit: "It did not materialize. I enjoyed going down to talk to the Eagles and Jeffrey Lurie, their owner, but soon after it just felt it wasn't going to work."
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While Coughlin won a pair of Super Bowls with the G-Men, he failed to reach the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, including a disappointing 6-10 finish in 2015 despite the NFC East being there for the taking.
There is no question that Coughlin's fantastic tenure in New York ended with a whimper, but his championship pedigree is something that should appeal to teams moving forward.
While he will sit out the 2016 season barring a midseason firing, Coughlin has a chance to get back in the league for 2017 since he promises to be the most-accomplished candidate on the market next offseason.
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