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Report: Eagles turn attention to Tom Coughlin

at MetLife Stadium on January 3, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Getty Images

The Eagles reportedly wanted to make Ben McAdoo their next head coach, but McAdoo is going to be taking that job with the Giants.

That may mean that the Eagles wind up hiring McAdoo’s former boss. The Eagles have interviewed Tom Coughlin and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that they “have turned their attention” to the longtime Giants coach in the wake of McAdoo’s decision to stay put.

Schefter adds that there are “issues” for the two sides to work through before any deal could be struck. If they are able to sort them out and come to an agreement, it would certainly make for a more interesting NFC East with Coughlin facing a Giants team that seems to have decided that parting ways with him was the only big change that needed to be made to the coaching staff or front office.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is the other candidate from outside the organization that the Eagles have spoken to and is still available to be hired. The Eagles couldn’t hire him until after Kansas City’s season comes to an end, which wouldn’t be too big of a risk in the event they decide he’s their choice because Pederson hasn’t had any other interviews at this point. They’ve also interviewed internal candidates Pat Shurmur and Duce Staley.

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  1. key2heat says: Jan 14, 2016 7:41 AM

    HA! Hiring Tom will set this team back another 5 uears. 70 year old he’d coach, no QB and a terrible fan base. I can hear the booing now.

  2. 3 Finger Lenny says: Jan 14, 2016 7:49 AM

    reminds me of a cranky old man trying to return soup to a deli

  3. 65impala says: Jan 14, 2016 7:57 AM

    The Eagles aren’t looking for the best coach, they are looking for the best YES man they can find. That’s why they didn’t interview Mike Shanahan. When Mike didn’t want to draft RG 111 but Snider made it happen, and then wanted to bench him in DC but got fired for it. Now who was the smart one! Lucky for them Mike drafted Cousin’s anyways. A very smart coach that could bring this city a championship, but NO we need a guy that Howie can get along with. Wake up Lurie!!

  4. Chris says: Jan 14, 2016 8:00 AM

    Issues = Howie Roseman (GM)

  5. benfranklinshat says: Jan 14, 2016 8:00 AM

    Hope it’s true and Coughlin shows the Giants they were wrong to let him go.

  6. carloswlassiter says: Jan 14, 2016 8:02 AM

    So the Eagles think that inept clock management and 4 straight years of underachieving is an improvement over what they had?

  7. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:10 AM

    this would be interesting

  8. kev86 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:14 AM

    First they wanted to hire McAdoo and now they are going Coughlin? Too funny. GO GIANTS!

  9. cowboysallday says: Jan 14, 2016 8:20 AM

    Coughlin just leave the NFC east please

  10. bigbluplates says: Jan 14, 2016 8:21 AM

    Coach , Please dont take the road that Parcells took..

  11. realdealsteel says: Jan 14, 2016 8:21 AM

    Business in the NFC East will pick up if Coughlin does take that position.

    Nothing like some good old fashion hate and revenge to spice games up.

  12. @Cereal_5 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:24 AM

    What a huge mistake that’d be….come on Philly

    #SaveTheChargers

  13. jerruhjones says: Jan 14, 2016 8:27 AM

    That would turn the NFC East on its ear!

  14. icup89 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:29 AM

    Figures..as that is the one coach they steadily beat

  15. n0hopeleft says: Jan 14, 2016 8:30 AM

    Smh

  16. twtom11 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:30 AM

    What a punch in the gut this will be for Giants fans. Not that you can blame the Eagles for wanting such an excellent coach.

  17. campcouch says: Jan 14, 2016 8:32 AM

    Remember Andy Reid?

  18. supremeliving2 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:33 AM

    Don’t do it Tom!!!!

  19. kneedragr says: Jan 14, 2016 8:34 AM

    He is a solid coach, but realistically how many years do they expect to get out of him?

  20. maalea says: Jan 14, 2016 8:35 AM

    Dear God, NO!!!!!!!

  21. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 14, 2016 8:37 AM

    Expect a 12-20 record over two years, a “resigning” and a bunch of people on this site saying how he isn’t the problem.

  22. bonitalocal says: Jan 14, 2016 8:42 AM

    It’s hard to not like that old fella’.
    As a Pats’ fan, I know that I should dislike him, but I can’t. I liked the way he does business. No B.S..
    Good luck, Tom!

  23. greymares says: Jan 14, 2016 8:43 AM

    As an Eagle fan that’s the same age as Coughlin I Would HATE this hire. You have to know when the game has passed you by.

  24. eagleswin says: Jan 14, 2016 8:45 AM

    Nooooooo……. The man is 70 and has missed the playoffs 6 out of the last 7 years.

    Retire gracefully.

  25. eagleswin says: Jan 14, 2016 8:47 AM

    Does anyone know why they decided that McDermott wasn’t an option?

  26. captainstabbins says: Jan 14, 2016 8:47 AM

    As long as it isn’t Pederson….

  27. lbijake says: Jan 14, 2016 8:52 AM

    This is getting to be a soap opera Philly. Not o disrespect Coughlin, but the best candidate Howie found is the coach that was forced to resign by their rival?

  28. kcchiefs19 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:53 AM

    Tom would be a great choice for them…providing stability and character back to the whole organization.

  29. bradygirl12 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:05 AM

    It would certainly make for an interesting NFC East if the Eagles were to hire Tom Coughlin.

  30. bitw44 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:08 AM

    I like that the Eagles organization is a reflection of the people who come from there. May they continue to never win anything.

  31. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 14, 2016 9:11 AM

    Dumpster franchise, ran Andy Reid out of town.

  32. dawkphan says: Jan 14, 2016 9:11 AM

    Hell No ! just retire quietly

  33. pftwd3 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:12 AM

    How about we just take this season off and make another run at it in 2017?

  34. bassplucker says: Jan 14, 2016 9:24 AM

    I really hope this happens. Since we get force-fed a steady diet of NFC-E (even out here in the midwest), it would at least make things a little more interesting the next few years.

  35. eagles1960 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:26 AM

    Clueless. Sell the teamjeff.

  36. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    Eagles have owned the giants for almost ten years. Think giants only have 3 or 4 wins in that time. Scares me, but hes the best option at this point. Its obvious theyre not blown away by any candidate. Even if its a 2 year experiment hes the only guy id trust to mold this team to a quick turnaround contender. If it fails hopefully you have more talent to choose from and do the complete rebuild

  37. arpy911 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:35 AM

    Seems like a bad idea. Coughlin is a great coach but it’s a major adjustment for a team in disarray to become accustomed to his ways … 5 minutes early for everything, suits and ties, lots of rules and discipline. Makes for a strong team, eventually, but it took a few seasons for the Giants to adjust and win, and realistically, at his age, Tom doesn’t have that many seasons left. Plus the Philly fanbase is not exactly tolerant. Coughlin never did get the best of the Eagles when he was coaching the Giants, and Eagles fans are not going to be patient with him. And it’s bound to be a huge difference in locker room culture to bring in an elderly disciplinarian who will have to start from scratch with assistants as it seems like most of the Giants staff is likely to stay put.

  38. arwiv says: Jan 14, 2016 9:39 AM

    Im not too upset that TC is gone, but people who dont follow the Giants probably dont realize that there was a definite disconnect between him and Reese….and a likely disconnect between Reese and Chris (not John) Mara. The problem with the Giants these last several years was a lot more complicated than simply Coughlin not being a good coach.

    If he does go to Philly he’ll bring in a professional attitude that will permeate throughout the entire organization. Hopefully with Philly, unlike with the Giants, his GM will bring in NFL caliber talent in rounds 3-5 of the draft AND his team wont lead the league in injuries every year.

  39. richiethegreek says: Jan 14, 2016 9:44 AM

    Love the guy but it just feels like it’s too late. Plus, the guy they fired beat the crap out of him.

  40. brendafortheboyz says: Jan 14, 2016 9:51 AM

    My preference would be that Coach Coughlin not stay in the NFC East, due to obvious reasons. However, if one of the most respected coaches, with integrity, does sign with the Eagles, I will cheer on the Eagles, ONLY when they play the Giants and their snake of an owner, Mara! Revenge would be so sweet for him🙂

  41. floratiotime says: Jan 14, 2016 9:55 AM

    Hire the old draft dodger Philly. Funny stuff.

  42. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 14, 2016 9:56 AM

    Ageism is the last acceptable form of prejudice in the United States. You don’t see it in any other nation or culture in the world.

  43. usg1 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:57 AM

    arpy911 says:
    Jan 14, 2016 9:35 AM
    Seems like a bad idea. Coughlin is a great coach but it’s a major adjustment for a team in disarray to become accustomed to his ways … 5 minutes early for everything, suits and ties, lots of rules and discipline. Makes for a strong team, eventually, but it took a few seasons for the Giants to adjust and win, and realistically, at his age, Tom doesn’t have that many seasons left. Plus the Philly fanbase is not exactly tolerant. Coughlin never did get the best of the Eagles when he was coaching the Giants, and Eagles fans are not going to be patient with him. And it’s bound to be a huge difference in locker room culture to bring in an elderly disciplinarian who will have to start from scratch with assistants as it seems like most of the Giants staff is likely to stay put.

    ———————————————————

    The Giants were 11-5 and in the playoffs in Coughlin’s 2nd year there. He was also 9-7 and in the playoffs in his 2nd year in Jacksonville.

  44. smokehouse56 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:57 AM

    I have been an Eagles fan since about 1950. I’m 77. Trust me, I’ve seen it all in Philly. I watched games at Franklin Field, a great venue, Connie Mack Stadium, the Vet and now the Linc. I have seen some of the worst owners and some of the worst possible coaches. I spent summers, all day long, watching pre-season practice at Albright College in Reading, PA. and Lehigh. As for Tom Coughlin, I say hire him. At this point, what the hell can they lose. Another 7-9 season?

  45. gooseusaf1 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:07 AM

    I’m not sure this is actually a bad idea. He turned an expansion team into a team that went to multiple conference championship games then turned the Giants around and won two titles. He could at least get them back to the playoffs and make some moves with Howie if they move back to a 4-3.

  46. gooseusaf1 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:09 AM

    They should have also interviewed the Arizona OC and McDaniels though as well

  47. jppsblownofffingers says: Jan 14, 2016 10:11 AM

    Coughlin WAS a great coach. He’s lost his fastball. He had a terrible year last year. TERRIBLE. I think it’s hilarious the Eagles are trying to raid the Giants coaches. Can’t find talent on their own so they look to a better organization lol. Just lazy

  48. gmfw7 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:11 AM

    they need to get rid of roseman and bring mcdermott back. they aren’t even going to interview him because of issues with roseman dating back to when he was chased out of town after one year with a talentless defense. roseman needs to go asap

  49. Youknowimright says: Jan 14, 2016 10:13 AM

    This is signing demarco murray after missing out on frank gore. Do something flashy that doesn’t make sense to think we are winning in the coaching search. Coughlin like murray will never be accepted by the fanbase. He is and will always be a giant. Eagle’s fans are too weird to forget that and overlook his past. even if he has some success they will find things to rip him on. Hiring coughlin is a lose/lose for the franchise. This whole coaching search for the eagles now becomes needing a CB and having Byron Maxwell as the best available. Love it.

  50. maurysline says: Jan 14, 2016 10:15 AM

    As a NYG fan I wish Coughlin the best and if any team makes him an offer he likes….and he still wants to coach….he should consider it.

    Eagles included.

    As an outside observer though are the Eagles out of their mind ?

    HC decisions are not only based on what can you do for me now…..but long term results and stability.

    Neither of which Coughlin can provide at his age. At the very most they get Coughlin for 5 years before they start over.

    The only scenario where it is feasible is if they wanted to groom an assistant under Coughlin.

    But that is risky as well since an assistant can get plucked before they ‘regime change’ and Coughlin retires in Philly.

    The Eagles should be looking at 8-10 years stability under a new HC……and more would be a bonus.

    Coughlin can provide every other quality of a HC beside that…..the problem is it should be a deal breaker and it looks like the Eagles don’t see it.

    Hire Coughlin and they start a search again within 5 years…..that is just a bad decision.

  51. mogogo1 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:22 AM

    “The Eagles aren’t looking for the best coach, they are looking for the best YES man they can find. That’s why they didn’t interview Mike Shanahan. When Mike didn’t want to draft RG 111 but Snider made it happen, and then wanted to bench him in DC but got fired for it.”

    Awesome bit of revisionist history. He got fired because the team was horrible. And RG looked awesome right up until Shanny foolishly played him on a bad knee in that playoff game.

  52. eaglesfanalways says: Jan 14, 2016 10:25 AM

    I have no faith that Howie & Jeffrey will do the right thing…and it starts with hiring Coughlin. Are they serious??? Frankly, I don’t see Coughlin & Howie getting along…

  53. elimanningup says: Jan 14, 2016 10:28 AM

    LOL please PLEASE hire that old senile moron.

    This is too great.

    B-Mac will whoop that ass.

  54. chrisk61 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:29 AM

    schefter is wrong and is being used as a conduit of misinformation.

    eagles want Pederson and shurmur as contingency.

    they bluffed about McAdoo to force giants to act. which giants did. which as a mistake. giants stink and have for 5 years. and much of the leadership that contributed to that stink — reese, McAdoo, spannuolo — is still in tact. giants wanted Jackson but lost him to cleve and his preference to stay in afc north. also giants tried to undermine Jackson’s authority by requiring him to keep McAdoo and spagnuolo as coor’s. after Jackson walked, and eagles signaled interest in mcaddo, jints panicked.

    now eagles are bluffing about coughlin in another attempt to get a team to make a bad decision to quickly hire him. very smart actually.

    eagles are being made to look stupid, and to be the bride being left at the alter, when it is smoke and mirrors.

  55. fantom21 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:29 AM

    Something doesn’t seem right with all of this. There had to have been a falling out with either Coughlin and Mara, or Coughlin and Reese. If it’s the latter, then the Giants did the right thing to keep the guy who will be around longer. The Mcadoo appointment is also a bit fishy. He’s reported to be the new head coach, just mere days after the Eagles show strong interest in making him their new coach. What with Eli finally gaining confidence in the new offense and only having 4-5 solid years left, it would have been a huge blow to the Giants to lose the offensive coordinator to their arch rivals. There aren’t too many leaks coming out of that office, but it sure would be fun to be a fly on the wall in that facility.

  56. thetooloftools says: Jan 14, 2016 10:35 AM

    Hell hath no fury like an old man scorned. I grab this guy and let him have at it. He will bring “Club Philly” to a close and start kicking ~ss.
    This is the best hire the Eagles could make because he still has that fire in his belly and knows the NFC East. His players in New York put forth no effort last year.
    Do the Eagles have the guts though is the question.

  57. maurysline says: Jan 14, 2016 10:40 AM

    Quote : “What with Eli finally gaining confidence in the new offense and only having 4-5 solid years left, ”

    ———————————————————

    I said it earlier on another forum. Although the NYG’s have extended Eli’s contract they have to be realistic and understand a 36 yr old is not going to stay healthy like a 25 yr old. They have to consider the contingency ( Dallas proved so this season).

    B-Mac has two solid years in with Nassib and comes from a system that groomed a QB for 3 years to take over under a top QB.

    It is not only the fact Eli is familiar with B-Mac…..it is the fact his heir apparent is also. And Eli’s contract for 5 years should not be linked to him staying healthy and ready to play for 5 years at his age.

  58. adimuz95 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:46 AM

    people are ready to vote a 74 year old Bernie Sanders into the White House to run the entire country yet rip the Eagles apart for taking a shot at a 69 year old 2 time SB winner haha. I love the Giants fans now saying McAdoo is sooo much better

  59. jonwill57 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:51 AM

    Take coughlin and will guaranteed to be making a coaching change within 3 or 4 years. They should be looking long term hire…someone who could last 10 years

  60. rideorflyeagles says: Jan 14, 2016 10:51 AM

    This will be a big mistake for the Byrds.

    Once you’re 70 years old and have won 2 Superbowls, how much “fire” can you have left, other than wanting to be in Florida working on your putts?

    He’s going to have to rebuild his entire coaching staff. This is a no win situation for Eagles fans. And Duce Staley as OC? Give me a break.

  61. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 14, 2016 10:59 AM

    @chrisk61

    They won a Super Bowl less than 4 years ago. So, that 5 years of stinking… I think your grammar and typing skills speak for themselves when considering your thoughts.
    Smoke and mirrors? What great coaching prospects are there out there? Any coach that anyone signs is going to be an some sort of unproven risk.

  62. psubeerman21 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:21 AM

    I wasn’t aware Chuck knoll was available or bill Walsh was waiting for a call. Coughlins only knock is his age. Unless you feel really strongly about guys that have zero experience as a head coach, what on earth is wrong with the guy?

  63. therealtrenches says: Jan 14, 2016 11:21 AM

    Who do you want running your team?

    A guy who wasn’t even an offensive coordinator exactly two calendar years ago, and whose offense looked terrible until Odell Beckham got well and started lighting it up?

    Or a guy with two Super Bowls to his credit?

    I’d take Coughlin over McAdoo in a heartbeat.

  64. briang123 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:26 AM

    The people who talk about how Philly “ran Andy Reid out of town” make me laugh at their smugness because they don’t bother themselves with the facts. Reid lost 11 out of their last 12 games and those losses were mostly embarrassing. Reid made the offensive line coach defensive coordinator. He was fat and happy, lazy and unmotivated. No one ran him out of town. It was time for him to go.

  65. blynch67 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:30 AM

    Shame on the Mara family for making this possible for discussion.

  66. mongobo says: Jan 14, 2016 11:30 AM

    If he was 5-10 years younger, he’d have been the most sought after head coach of the off season.

  67. mancave001 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:32 AM

    Not a fan of this. It’s not the worst thing, but Pederson sounds better to me. Or Shurmer.

  68. justintuckrule says: Jan 14, 2016 11:33 AM

    I hope the Eagles do realize that Tom isn’t allowed to put the 2 trophs in that empty cabinet of theirs.

  69. arwiv says: Jan 14, 2016 11:54 AM

    The Giants didnt quit on Coughlin….the Giants simply didnt have an NFL roster (specifically on defense). There’s a HUGE difference. Dahl, Unga, Merriweather, etc…..these guys were STARTING for the Giants. On most NFL teams theyd be lucky to be on the practice squad.

  70. maurysline says: Jan 14, 2016 11:56 AM

    Maybe Coughlin brings back Gilbride as OC and Radio as DC……

  71. goodellsucks43 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:57 AM

    Coughlin is too damn young. Why aren’t the Eagles interviewing Marv Levy?

  72. slyder2775 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:04 PM

    Reid was pushed out because he didn’t get along with Roseman…

    Kelly was pushed out because he didn’t get along with Roseman, and was intimidated by players and couldn’t relate…

    Next coach will be taking orders for some hot headed, never played football in my life, talent evaluator, Roseman…

    What is the common denominator?

    How long will it take until Lurie realizes if he doesn’t do something smart, that he may die without a championship?

  73. eagles1960 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:06 PM

    Make howie the coach. Cleveland browns east.

  74. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 14, 2016 12:17 PM

    The Eagles are also considering Marv Levy.

  75. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:44 PM

    Well lets see who is going to be left standing
    The Eagles are going to be stuck cleaning up the remains of the coaching search

    Chiper is in San Fran Tom C said NO Mc is staying with a winner

    Who is left for the shegal

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