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John Mara: Tom Coughlin coaching Eagles would’ve bothered me a lot


Giants owner John Mara would not have been pleased if Tom Coughlin had coached an NFC East rival.

Mara told reporters on Friday that he was relieved when Coughlin pulled his name from consideration for the Eagles coaching search, and that he would’ve had a hard time seeing a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants coaching another team in the division. Mara has been through that once before, when Bill Parcells coached the Cowboys, and once was enough.

“I’m not going to lie, it would have bothered me a lot,’’ Mara said. “It would have been like watching Bill Parcells walk out with the star on his shirt. It was tough to see at the time and that would have bothered me. I want him to be happy but I certainly didn’t want to see him happy in green.’’

Of course, if Mara didn’t want Coughlin to coach elsewhere, he could have kept Coughlin on as the Giants’ head coach. Coughlin may coach against the Giants some day, as he’s still hoping to coach again. Mara would just rather see Coughlin coach in the AFC.

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46 Responses to “John Mara: Tom Coughlin coaching Eagles would’ve bothered me a lot”
  1. floratiotime says: Jan 16, 2016 11:55 AM

    But at least someone in that organization would finally have a Superbowl ring.

  2. whodey83 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:56 AM

    John Mara with the “oh yeah, that’s what I call a satisfying poop” face. The plug is out.

  3. nyfootballgiants says: Jan 16, 2016 11:58 AM

    Funny, I’d have no problem if Jerry Reese was GM of the Eagles

  4. jag1959 says: Jan 16, 2016 12:02 PM

    It would have bothered me a lot too, almost as much as letting TC go but keeping Reese and Ross in place bothers me. John is no Wellington

  5. hippieway says: Jan 16, 2016 12:03 PM

    Titans need to hire Coughlin. Give Jon and Amy some time to get to know each other, while Tom settles everything down and gets the team headed in a solid direction. Give it a couple of years and see where you are.

  6. ajgreenhof says: Jan 16, 2016 12:03 PM

    Wish Mike Brown would give Coughlin a call.

  7. vader7176 says: Jan 16, 2016 12:07 PM

    You force a guy out back into the free market and you are shocked he could be coaching one of your divisional rivals. Grow up John. You’ve made your bed..sleep in it.

  8. 2dollarpbrs says: Jan 16, 2016 12:10 PM

    Mara is a turd

  9. DaveKShape says: Jan 16, 2016 12:12 PM

    Well I’m sure you could have just laid one of your patented “Division Rival Salary Cap Penalties” on them, right John?

  10. philly462 says: Jan 16, 2016 12:12 PM

    No thanks on Coughlin. We’ll gladly take Ken Sternfeld off your hands though, John.

  11. lscottman3 says: Jan 16, 2016 12:15 PM

    I hate Mara

  12. Ferdinand says: Jan 16, 2016 12:15 PM

    He sounds like the jerk who dumps a girl but then gets mad when she starts dating someone else.

  13. charger383 says: Jan 16, 2016 12:16 PM

    anything that bothers Mara is good

  14. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 16, 2016 12:22 PM

    U didnt want to let him coach there this year. Tom can do whatever he wants. Apparently dealing with Roseman wasnt worth flipping the bird at Mara and Reese.

  15. paulieorkid says: Jan 16, 2016 12:24 PM

    Mara fired Coach Coughlin, and as such, has no right to take issue with where Coach Coughlin coaches.

    Mara also said previously that he, himself, should shoulder the blame, yet he poopcans Coach Coughlin.

    It wasn’t Coach Coughlin’s fault that the team’s best player blew his arm off on the Fourth of July or that the offensive line is a swinging gate or that the G-men haven’t drafted a strong running back in forever. The G-Men were down to their third or fourth string TE, and have a group of players that will not be wearing gold jackets in Canton any time soon.

    The Coughlin-led Giants have won 2 Super Bowls in the last 9 seasons, which is twice as much as the next closest team — yet Mara shoves him out the door, and then speaks of how angry he’d be if Coughlin tried to get a job.

    Gimme a break, Mara.

  16. granadafan says: Jan 16, 2016 12:26 PM

    It’s like ex-spouse jealousy. She breaks up with you and then gets all upset when you end up with her friend.

  17. rootpain says: Jan 16, 2016 12:26 PM

    How nice. Says all the right things as if he means them.
    What a phony!

  18. headwoundharry says: Jan 16, 2016 12:28 PM

    Why would it bother him. TC was so washed up as a head coach, that’s why the Giants canned him. Right Mara?

  19. ikeclanton says: Jan 16, 2016 12:29 PM

    If Coughlin is such a great coach and the NFL is a quarterback league with all the rules slanted offensively to aid them, why couldn’t he get the Giants in the playoffs more often with a supposed talent like Eli?

    A bit of a head-scratcher. Also, it’s hard to invest in this guy at his age.

  20. patsrthegreatest says: Jan 16, 2016 12:41 PM

    Guy has no business being in the competition committee if he can’t handle seeing a coach he let go compete against him. crybaby

  21. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 16, 2016 12:42 PM

    John Mara: Tom Coughlin coaching Eagles would’ve bothered me a lot
    Probably not as much as getting essentially fired bothered Tom Coughlin.

  22. kevpft says: Jan 16, 2016 12:43 PM

    It’s not as fun when you can’t just apply severe penalties with years-long impact on your division rivals, is it, Mara?

  23. tonebones says: Jan 16, 2016 12:44 PM

    Vince Lombardi coached the Redskins, and the world didn’t stop turning.

  24. delgriffth says: Jan 16, 2016 12:44 PM

    Then you shouldn’t have fired him.

  25. thetooloftools says: Jan 16, 2016 12:45 PM

    “I want him to be happy” i this is a lie. Mr. Mara if you REALLY wanted him to be happy you would have kept him as your head coach.
    Your only happy for YOU he didn’t take the Eagles job.
    Your fake.

  26. TheWizard says: Jan 16, 2016 12:48 PM

    Ross Tucker made a good point. By getting rid of Coughlin but not the GM or anybody else, that implies Coughlin was the problem.

    Neither Ross nor I is too sure about that.

  27. joecool16 says: Jan 16, 2016 12:48 PM

    I’m a skins fan and I don’t like the way Tom Coughlin was treated. It would have bothered you had he coached the Eagles? You shouldn’t have forced him out then. That’s why he walked past you at his press conference without as much as looking your way.

  28. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 16, 2016 12:52 PM

    ikeclanton says:
    Jan 16, 2016 12:29 PM
    If Coughlin is such a great coach and the NFL is a quarterback league with all the rules slanted offensively to aid them, why couldn’t he get the Giants in the playoffs more often with a supposed talent like Eli?

    A bit of a head-scratcher. Also, it’s hard to invest in this guy at his age.
    And yet, that duo curb stomped your team in the super bowl, twice!!!! If Brady and Belicheat are the “greatest evah” why couldn’t they overcome such a “supposed” talent??

  29. stexan says: Jan 16, 2016 12:59 PM

    Personally, I was hoping for Coughlin in Philly and the Chipster in Jersey.

  30. gammynomnom says: Jan 16, 2016 1:03 PM

    it bothers me that John Mara continues to breathe. we all have our peeves, John

  31. anusfur says: Jan 16, 2016 1:26 PM

    What a hypocrite!

  32. gtrav says: Jan 16, 2016 1:26 PM

    That might bother you John, but that’s too bad. Coughlin is a free man and he can go wherever he wishes. Suck it up.

  33. tdubdizzle says: Jan 16, 2016 1:37 PM

    John Mara looks like the real life Mr Burns in that picture.

  34. squackduckhawk says: Jan 16, 2016 1:40 PM

    Just goes to show, you can’t buy class.

  35. arwiv says: Jan 16, 2016 1:49 PM

    Bunch of upset cowboy and skins fans on here.

  36. dexx57 says: Jan 16, 2016 1:58 PM

    WHo cares? Rooney Mara is terrible actress you’ve pushed

  37. kev86 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:51 PM

    Maras and Rooneys are the best owners. They go way back and great for the league. Jealousy is understandable.

  38. nyneal says: Jan 16, 2016 3:04 PM

    If Mara was worried about Coughlin going to the Eagles, then why did he force him to leave?

    You have to wonder how some of these owners are millionaires, they are so dumb. In Mara’s case, he was born rich.

    As for the Eagles, there’s a reason they’ve been a second rate organization since 1960.

  39. gfan8611 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:35 PM

    What really bothers him is he couldn’t convince Tom Coughlin to retire and more and more people are starting to question working for him. Hue Jackson took the Browns job, the freaking Browns, instead of interviewing with your team Mara. Adam Gase went to Miami. One is a cold dead football environment the other a damp dead football environment and these two men thought more of these places then your organization. Cleveland doesn’t even have a QB.

  40. legion1937 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:41 PM

    But Mara you did see Bill Parcells walk around with a Star on in Dallas.

  41. gurnblanstonreturns says: Jan 16, 2016 4:03 PM

    Baby John Mara’s lifetime appointment to the Giants Undermine Division Rival Competition Committee bothers me a lot. If Coughlin had taken the Eagles job, the NFL would have responded the next day with penalties forcing the Eagles to surrender their 1st round pick and forfeit four games and $20 million in cap space – to ensure, uh, you know, “competitive balance” for the Giants, uh, er, the NFL.

  42. abninf says: Jan 16, 2016 5:59 PM

    ikeclanton says:

    A bit of a head-scratcher. Also, it’s hard to invest in this guy at his age.

    He’s only a year older than Hillary and many years younger than Bernie. And they want to run the country and military.

  43. dandrol says: Jan 17, 2016 1:45 AM

    It’s hard for me to take a real life caricature seriously

  44. zsmom1018 says: Jan 17, 2016 5:31 PM

    Well I guess Mara should of thought about that be fire he showed Coach Coughlin the door, this season was not all his fault but he fell on the sword, you should have looked at your front office and some their personell selections, I’m happy he didn’t go to the Eagles, but at the same time if he did, then so what. You should have left him where he belongs and be thankful he got the orginization 2 more Lombardi Trophys, and would probably gotten another. Anyway, I wish Coach Mcadoo good luck, you learned from one of the best!!!!!!

  45. pigudong says: Jan 19, 2016 3:31 PM

    Fired the wrong guy-why in the heck is Reese still your GM John? I do think TC’s schtick got old and it was time to go, but Reese is EASILY the bigger problem.

  46. mostepicgnar says: Jan 20, 2016 7:36 PM

    That is EXACTLY why Coughlin interviewed with the Eagles and the ONLY reason. Why else would Tom throw his hat in the ring, interview and then remove said hat from that ring?

    Coughlin has two rings, there was ZERO chance he was going to want to coach in Philly. Why? He knows about the dysfunction in the Front Office, and the relationship between owner and “GM”.

    He did it to stick it to Mara, because he is upset that even though he won two rings he was let go. I can understand him feeling that way, but I think the Giants did need a change. I have a ton of respect for Coughlin, and I think it’s hilarious he just wanted to “Punk” the G-Men.

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