The Philadelphia Eagles are getting closer to hiring their next head coach. But it doesn’t appear to be one of the candidates previously thought to be a favorite.
Tom Coughlin, the former New York Giants head coach, is inching closer to taking over the rival NFC East’s head coaching job. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there are two stepping stones that they have to overcome to make the deal official.
He did not relay what those are. The Eagles did have to get permission to interview Coughlin, who interviewed with the team on Monday.
The 69-year-old still had time left on his Giants contract when he resigned, leaving teams to get permission to interview him. If he is the guy, the Eagles would hope that he would be rejuvenated with a different place of scenery.
Some have believed that Coughlin got burned out during the past few seasons with the Giants. His last playoff appearance came in 2011 when the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
He was the Giants head coach from 2004 through 2015. During that time, he also won an additional Super Bowl against the Patriots in 2007, as well.
Those Super Bowl wins are something that the Eagles have never won. One has to go back in time to the 1960 NFL Championship for the only time the Eagles won a Championship.
Coughlin is familiar with working with the Eagles, as he was their wide receivers coach in 1984-1985. This was his first NFL job after working in college football.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Coughlin feels that he has two-to-three years left and wants to win now. If he takes over the Eagles, he’ll have to find a quarterback in order to make the team win right now.
Under interim head coach Pat Shurmur, the Eagles defeated the Coughlin-led Giants 35-30. That ended the Giants season with a 6-10 record.
His final win with the Giants came on Monday Night Football at the Miami Dolphins. The Giants won 31-24 on Dec. 14th.
Coughlin was 102-90 during his Giants 12-year tenure. He is 170-150 overall, including eight-years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The San Francisco 49ers were also interested in Coughlin. However, his wife doesn’t want to move too far away from their current home, which would eliminate the 49ers.
The Eagles would also have to convince him that he needs to go there now. Coughlin does have offers to go into broadcasting if he doesn’t coach right away.
If he takes the Eagles job, he’ll have to hire an entire new coaching staff as his former Giants staff is expected to stay with new head coach Ben McAdoo.
The Eagles are seeking a replacement for Chip Kelly, who was fired five days before the season finale. Kelly was the head coach for nearly three-years after coming to the NFL from the Oregon Ducks.
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