If it seemed strange when Tom Coughlin was linked to the Eagles, his next one might be even more odd.
According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the 49ers have received permission from the Giants to interview the the 69-year-old former Giants coach.
Most of the coaches the 49ers have talked to are younger, though most candidates for most jobs other than Wal-mart greeter are younger than Coughlin.
But his name is an interesting one to stack beside Hue Jackson, Dirk Koetter, John DeFilippo and Anthony Lynn, along with reports of Chip Kelly talking to them.
Whether it’s Boston College or the Jaguars, he’s almost always been an East Coast guy, with just a two-year stint as a Packers position coach in the 1980s taking him out of the Eastern time zone.
And while Jackson might be viewed as the favorite, the 49ers clearly want to expand their search — or give the impression they want to as part of the leverage of working a deal with someone else.