When Tom Coughlin interviewed for the Eagles’ head-coaching vacancy in January, he spent most of the meeting bad-mouthing the Giants.
That’s the word from Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, who reports that Coughlin’s interview with the Eagles was a “disaster” and that Coughlin acted like a jilted lover trying to initiate a rebound relationship with the ex’s biggest rival.
“NFL sources say his hard feelings for the Giants came through loud and clear in the interview with the Eagles brain trust, which included owner Jeffrey Lurie, and he was obsessed with how he felt wronged by the Giants. He was not forthcoming about his plans for his staff. He came off more concerned with making the Giants look bad than being consumed with coaching the Eagles,” Myers writes.
The report also suggests that Coughlin may be an unwelcome presence for new coach Ben McAdoo, saying Coughlin still uses the Giants’ facility to work out, which comes across as “looking over McAdoo’s shoulder.”
With Coughlin also saying he is not retired and wants to coach another team next year, it’s also worth asking if the Giants really want Coughlin around: If he’s coaching a rival team in a year, do the Giants really want Coughlin to see their business?
Although Coughlin and the Giants tried to put a happy face on his departure and didn’t call it a firing, it sure sounds like Coughlin is angry that the Giants kicked him to the curb, and the Giants are uncomfortable with having an angry ex-coach hanging around. Maybe they’d all be better off with some time apart.