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Tom Coughlin is back in Indianapolis, even without a coaching job

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As he’s done so often, Tom Coughlin flew to Indianapolis Tuesday to get ready for the Scouting Combine.

But unlike 20 of the last 21 years, he’s not working for a team this time.

Via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Coughlin was on the same flight as Giants coach Ben McAdoo yesterday, heading to the Combine to help with the league’s Madden Committee of former coaches who advise the league’s competition committee.

Coughlin has admitted he’s not adjusting well to not coaching, and interviewed for vacant jobs in Philadelphia and San Francisco after he and the Giants parted ways.

His former team has offered to bring him back in as a consultant — which fits with their keeping most of his coaching staff in place around McAdoo —  but so far Coughlin hasn’t taken them up on the offer.

So for now he’s hanging around on the periphery, as he did in 2003 when he visited a number of training camps when he was between his former role with the Jaguars and the Giants job, doing nothing to kill the perception he wants to stay in the game.

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14 Responses to “Tom Coughlin is back in Indianapolis, even without a coaching job”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 24, 2016 7:35 AM

    Coughlin was at the Combine in ’03. Folks walked by and shook their heads and asked him why he was there, because he didn’t have a team. His answer? I will.

    The Titans should have hired him, but, you know, Titans…he could have trained up that young team and served up a cold dish of revenge against my Jags twice a season.

  2. brianav036 says: Feb 24, 2016 8:28 AM

    I can totally identify with Coughlin’s passion for his career and his work ethic but come on. You have worked so hard your entire life for this moment coach. You have won multiple Super Bowls and you have millions in the bank. It’s time to experience the other side of life. Spend time with your wife,kids, and grandkids. Get some hobbies and enjoy your life coach. You certainly deserve it.

  3. streetyson says: Feb 24, 2016 8:53 AM

    Make him the joint NFL-NFLPA adjudicator on player conduct decisions.

  4. jwcarlson says: Feb 24, 2016 9:06 AM

    Go home, Tom. Enjoy whatever time you have left with your wife, kids, and grandkids.

  5. vottorific says: Feb 24, 2016 9:25 AM

    Hey Marvin Lewis. Sounds like the man needs a job!

  6. ninerboi says: Feb 24, 2016 9:27 AM

    The high school graduate who comes back to prom the following year.

  7. chawkup says: Feb 24, 2016 10:00 AM

    I have a lot of respect for TC. He coached with class. Having said that, come on Tom, there is more to life than football!

  8. justintuckrule says: Feb 24, 2016 10:01 AM

    Good for him. Less than 1% of people on the planet truly enjoy their jobs. He’s the kind that will coach til he drops. Hope he finds a team soon

  9. floratiotime says: Feb 24, 2016 10:07 AM

    Coaches … like players … can never admit when it’s over. Last 3 years … 7-9, 6-10, 6-10.

  10. silverhornet says: Feb 24, 2016 10:36 AM

    I just want to know if he’ll be taking his reserved seat at the 10 yard split for the 40? If not, they should have some sort of ceremony for him there.

  11. manderson4150 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:52 AM

    Kind of sad that he hanging around, wasn’t he full filled with the career he had. Some will say that he is still dedicated to the game, most will shake their head and ask what is it that he is trying to prove

  12. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:57 AM

    ……..the man has two Super Bowls under his belt….it’s amazing he wasn’t hired by the Eagles, Dolphins, Browns, or the 49’ers. This is ONE re-tread coach who’s worth the hire.

  13. 6ball says: Feb 24, 2016 11:04 AM

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    He may not get a head coaching position, but he could certainly help some team in a ” special assignment” role. More likely than not, he’d be better off in the AFC away from the Giants.
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  14. ggreen657 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:23 PM

    Anyone who says Coughlin should retire and “enjoy” life has not experiences a work ethic like Coughlin has. Retirement would kill him. He is the same age as Trump.

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