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Tom Coughlin Reportedly Bashed Giants During Interview with Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants speaks to the media after their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on January 3, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2016

Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles for their head coaching vacancy this offseason, but he reportedly "was obsessed with how he felt wronged by the Giants" during the interview and "came off more concerned with making the Giants look bad than being consumed with coaching the Eagles," per Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, citing league sources Wednesday.

Myers also reported that Coughlin has continued to work out at the Giants' facilities.

Coughlin had a different perspective on his interview with the Eagles, however.

"As time went on, it didn't just feel like it was going to work," Coughlin told the The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday (via Dan Graziano of ESPN.com). "I don't know if it was the right fit for the Eagles or for me. ... In all reality, it wasn't going to work, and we left it at that."

The Eagles ultimately hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their head coach. 

Coughlin, 69, announced his resignation from the Giants after the 2015 season, though he suggested Tuesday during an interview on the Jay Mohr Show (via Graziano) that he was actually forced out of the head coaching position: “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.”

Coughlin spent 12 seasons with the Giants, going 102-90 and leading the team to two Super Bowl titles and five trips to the playoffs. He previously spent eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, going 68-60 and leading the organization to four postseason berths.

And Coughlin appears keen on remaining in the NFL in some capacity, as he told The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday. His name will certainly be one that resurfaces next offseason when a new batch of head coaching positions become vacant. 

 

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