Report: Coughlin ripped Giants throughout Eagles interview

AP

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.

76 responses to “Report: Coughlin ripped Giants throughout Eagles interview

  1. I can certainly understand TC being angry at The Giants.
    I can’t see TC ripping them in an interview for another HC job.

    That doesn’t sound like the TC we know.

  2. Great coach, deserves better. Crusty old salty genius.You’ve made your mark and earned respect.Tip of the cap to you. Good luck.

  3. Whats funny is Jerry Reese hasn’t received any of the blame. The Giants roster has been downright bad the last couple of years. I’m praying the Giants go 6-10 this year, that would be perfect.

    Im surprised Coughlin still uses the facility to work out, if I were him Id use some of that hard earned money to build a beautiful home gym.

  4. Coughlin won two Superbowls with the Giants. had the upstart Jags very competitive to include a win over a very good Broncos team in the playoffs.

    Who is Jeffrey Lurie to be leaking interview information on Coughlin? What has Lurie done as an owner except choke? Chip Kelly sure worked out well…

    If that man comes to your office to interview and your team is a perennial loser like the Eagles, you damn well better hire him.

    He is a proven winner and until this story, what have you heard from anyone to include his players, that was negative?

  5. And where exactly did Gary Myers get his information? How classless for anyone from the Eagles to “leak” that information! I would hope that didn’t happen. Coughlin is truly passionate about football and will be about his next coaching job. I hope he gets the chance!

  6. If true…..Dude let it go. You were on the hot seat every other season for the past 6 years so you should have been mentally prepared for this. There are a ton of really nice gyms out there. Go get a membership and stay away from the team. It’s starting to get weird.

  7. They paid the man handsomly for 12 years, what else does he want? He just had three disgusting seasons in a row and he got fired….that is what generally happens to NFL coaches whose teams arent performing, not to mention the fact that most other teams would have given the guy the ax a year earlier.

    As a Giants fan Im beginning to lose respect for him, he’s really starting to tarnish his image. Fans of other teams might not have seen it, but there were a LOT of Giants fans who wanted him gone (not just after this season but after the 2014 season as well).

  8. Even if he did do that, I wouldn’t blame him one bit. He was thoroughly thrown under the bus by John Mara and Jerry Reese. The real culprit to the whole mess is still in the building working on the next draft he can screw up.

  9. Oh this came from the Daily News? Then it must be legit. In no way are Gary Myers, Manish Mehta and crew lying hacks (where’s that sarcasm text again?).

  10. arwiv says:
    Mar 4, 2016 5:55 PM
    They paid the man handsomly for 12 years, what else does he want? He just had three disgusting seasons in a row and he got fired….that is what generally happens to NFL coaches whose teams arent performing, not to mention the fact that most other teams would have given the guy the ax a year earlier.

    As a Giants fan Im beginning to lose respect for him, he’s really starting to tarnish his image. Fans of other teams might not have seen it, but there were a LOT of Giants fans who wanted him gone (not just after this season but after the 2014 season as well).

    ______________________________________

    Really? As a fellow Giants fan, you clearly have not been paying attention the last 3 years. If you were, you would know that Tom was basically working with scrap heaps as players. You can only coach a player so much if they are lacking in talent. He coached a 27th ranked defensive team to a SB win in 2011. That is coaching and not because he had a Super bowl caliber team. While it might have been time to go, the fact that they basically kept everything the same except him is a complete slap in the face.

  11. I don’t think Coughlan was interested in any job other than The Giants. He was probably just looking for an outlet to vent. It’s a tough business and the owners don’t always make the right decisions. I remember when the 49ers pushed George Seifert out the door in favor of the new kid on the block Steve Mariucci. At the time, Seifert had the best winning percentage in NFL history and had won two super bowls. I feel bad for Coughlan, but these guys aren’t eating baloney sandwiches (unless they like them).

  12. I highly doubt this, he’s too smart to use that strategy. ANYONE who approaches an interview like that absolutely knows it is a losing strategy. I call BS on Myers. The NY Daily News is a toilet by the way.

  13. It’s not his fault David Wilson put microfractures in his back doing flips, JPP blew his arm off with a pipe bomb, or the QBs brother is a rapist drug lord.

  14. He should. Personnel was the Giants problem, not the coach. Bad Oline, Defense, running game for years now. That’s on Reese or the owner if he’s meddling

  15. rcampone

    Ive been a fan since ’79, Ive been paying attention for many years. If your point is that Reese should be gone too then yes, I totally agree with you (i just dont think the Giants wanted to blow the whole organization up in 1 year…im sure Resse is now has a very short leash though). If your point though is that TC did nothing to deserve getting canned then I have to disagree. His clock management and late game decision making skills were horrible this past year.

  16. “That doesn’t sound like the Tom Coughlin we know…”
    “That doesn’t sound like him…”

    Funny. You don’t know him at all.

  17. NFL sources told me they feed Myers nuggets of false information for fun and bet money to see if it goes to print.

  18. It is a shame that the coach that brought the Giants 2 rings (and broke my heart twice) is not treated with more respect.

  19. Coach Coughlin, when you interview for a new job, NEVER “let ‘er rip” on your previous employer. That is Job Interviewing 101, my friend.

  20. I think it’s funny that a millionare coach doesn’t have his own workout facility at home and still uses the gym of a place that just canned him. What a loon!

  21. Sounds more like Eagles covering….

    Look – they have a rookie head coach that is a prodigy of the guy they ran out of town. They just signed their QB to a big contract but that QB isn’t a top 5 guy either.

    It’s very likely that things might not go well for the team and then the fans will start up with “You had a 2 time SB winning coach in for an interview and didn’t hire him?!!! Why not? He won with Eli – surely he could win with Sam. Fire Everyone!!!”

    Putting this out there tarnished Tom to the fans that will complain Tom’s not there in a few months….

  22. giants stink. manning to petulant beckham. nothing else. no run gm. no o line. no defense. they will be fighting dall for div cellar for next 3 yrs at least.

    if I am not mistaken, besides the 2 ultra fluky SB yrs, they only made playoffs 1 other time in recent era, which was 08 when eagles bounced ’em in div rd.

    and jints fans have PSL debt and expensive tix for a team for which there is no demand. I remember a few yrs ago when jints started out 0-6 and my friend who is jints season ticket holder COULD NOT GIVE HIS TIX AWAY FOR FREE. true story.

  23. I call utter BS. Nothing in TC’s past lends this any credibility. Not to mention he certainly knows how to interview and would not have gone in without a plan.

    Gary Myers? What Mehta wasn’t up to another hack job?

  24. I have no horse in this race, and frankly I don’t believe for a second that Coughlin would go into an interview with the Eagles and spend the majority of the time bad-mouthing the Giants. I thought that maybe his time in New York had run its course and that they could use a fresh start, but not because I think that Coughlin is either a bad coach or an idiot. He isn’t.

    Having said that… there is no reason for the Giants to be letting him use their facilities to work out in if Coughlin indeed is interested in coaching again soon. Actually, I don’t understand at all why Coughlin would still be using their gym if he is so mad at the organization. This whole story reeks of untruth somewhere.

  25. Let me get this straight.

    Coughlin turns in a few losing seasons in a row, loses control of the guy who is arguably his most talented player, gets canned, interviews with the enemy, whines like a girl about getting canned in the interview, and when the information leaks, the *Eagles* are the ones showing bad form?

    Please…stop.

  26. rcampore says:
    Mar 4, 2016 6:02 PM
    Really? As a fellow Giants fan, you clearly have not been paying attention the last 3 years. If you were, you would know that Tom was basically working with scrap heaps as players. You can only coach a player so much if they are lacking in talent. He coached a 27th ranked defensive team to a SB win in 2011. That is coaching and not because he had a Super bowl caliber team. While it might have been time to go, the fact that they basically kept everything the same except him is a complete slap in the face.
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    I am a Giants fan like my father and his father before him and I could not agree more.
    Coughlin was asked to make chicken salad out of chicken bleep. He was a victim of his own previous success in taking a marginal team to the promised land in’11. Reese’s defective pieces and a training staff that couldn’t get anybody back on the field are still standing, that says all you need to know. Mara threw TC under the bus and Reese stood by smiling then handed him a warm towel, disgusting

  27. The guy gets his team fired up to the point where no one can beat them. You think Reese was the reason they won those superbowls. The whole team (not just the defense, which had two different coordinators in 07 and 11) was motivated by a great coach Coughlin. Those teams had no business being as successful as they were. Eli and Coughlin were a great tandem. Coughlin has every right to be mad at the Giants, although I think his time is coming to close. The guy deserves to coach if he wants to. If he wants to coach, he has to move on from NYG thougb.

  28. chrisk61 says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:14 PM
    and jints fans have PSL debt and expensive tix for a team for which there is no demand. I remember a few yrs ago when jints started out 0-6 and my friend who is jints season ticket holder COULD NOT GIVE HIS TIX AWAY FOR FREE. true story.
    ________________________

    He couldn’t have tried very hard. That was 2013 and the Giants were second only to Dallas in home attendance, in fact even with the cost of a game at MetLife the only team that has put more fans in seats since it opened is Dallas, true story.
    I split tickets with a family member. We have been constantly bombarded with friends and relatives trying to buy tickets, even in ’13.

  29. I guess that’s the thanks the Giants get for sticking with this guy for 12 years huh?, sure we won 2 super Bowls but we should forget about 06, 09, 2010 2012, 2013,
    2014, 2015 including 3 straight losing seasons! that is 7 years no playoffs if you’re counting.

  30. If it’s true it’s kind of scummy of the Eagles to put this out there, but I get it. It was also kind of scummy of Coughlin to make it out to seem like the Eagles offered him the job but he decided instead that he didn’t want it. After that happened there were all kinds of stories about no one wanting to coach the Eagles and speculation that the Doug Pedersen hire was a last resort that they were forced into.

    So to me it’s quite understandable that someone in the Eagles organization was pissed with the way Coughlin’s people were portraying his interactions with them, and after seeing how that started this whole narrative in the media, decided he had enough and leaked his side of the story to Myers.

    So yeah scummy, but no less scummy then the “I withdrew my name from contention” story that got leaked to the media by Coughlin’s people. A whole lot less damaging though. What the Eagles did made Coughlin look like he had a hard time letting go. No big deal. What Coughlin did made a rookie head coach look unwanted. Which pretty much soured many fans on him from the very beginning and took away any chance he had of a honeymoon or grace period.

    That’s a real classy thing Coughlin did for Pedersen in Philadelphia of all places.

  31. To be fair Coughlin got screwed by the giants. Not that he didn’t deserve to be fired, he did. A coach has to win. Period. Injuries and personel is no excuse. With saying that though, Jerry Reese is much more to blame for the loses then coughlin. He gave that guy nothing, and when he did get him a player it was either a nut case like Prince or a extremely over-rated and over-payed free agent. I mean anyone who gives a contract like Reese did to DRC, a guy who quit on 2 out of 3 of his former teams, isn’t a very good GM. I mean really was anyone besides Reese shocked with the effort DRC gave once the Giants started losing last year?

    The fact is Coughlin deserved to be fired strictly because of results but Reese deserves to be fired for causing those results.

  32. Not sure I’m buying Coughlin as the creepy stalker.

    I trust his word more than anybody out of the current Eagles organization.

  33. The eagles are 0-50 in the Super Bowl
    TC has 4 rings
    This report came from Philly so sure they are telling it with a losers spin on things

  34. This sounds like garbage. Laurie is a crummy owner always looking for attention. Yes, Coughlin got screwed. He should have forced the giants to fire him. Yes his team stunk the last few years, but who gave him that team? Jerry cheap ass Reese. Who should have been fired? Honestly, both, but Reese first. Coughlin has lost the team, but Reese helped. As for the daily news… I can’t decide what’s worst, that or the post.

  35. How funny would it be if he landed in San Diego, and Eli followed him. Not next year, but say maybe in the near future.

  36. I read that Myers article yesterday. The part about McAdoo is 100% Gary Myers speculation and not something that had a source attributed to it.

  37. “NFL sources say his hard feelings for the Giants came through loud and clear in the interview with the Eagles brain trust”

    There is a contradiction in terms, Eagles brain trust.

  38. No one from the Eagles is leaking stuff like this to the New York press. But someone probably blabbed it to someone who shared it with someone else and so forth. Who knows how embellished the story became along the way.

  39. Of all the historic organizations in the NFL that I admire, the Giants are near the top. However, they have done a poor job recently with player selection-both free agents as well as draftees. I think Mr Reese should be removed. Coach Coughlin is a salty old coach but a good coach. He won 2 SB’s for God’s sake! Giant management thought he would fall on the sword for the good of the organization. I don’t blame him for being upset. As for Coach McAdoo, I wish him well because he is going to need it.

  40. I’ll always respect Coughlin for the two super bowl wins, but, his coaching was responsible for multiple losses last year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a professional team struggle to close out games like the 2015 Giants. Clock management
    and late game decisions are crucial. I also didn’t like how he handled the Beckham incident.

  41. What a disaster. NY media including Fatty Francessa made TC the king of NY, and all things classy must be NYG mantra.

    Now the ugly truth comes out about both TC and NYG.

    Bottom line, if Mara had a pair, he would’ve kicked TC to the curb in 2015 after losing his locker room for 2 years, and you know who would be coaching NYG today??

    That’s right, Todd Bowles.

  42. Ah yes, remember when the media painted it as Coughlin turning down the Eagles, and the Giants fan crowed and everyone piled on the Eagles and laughed? Turns out you were all a bunch of idiots.

  43. I love when fans say things like “that’s not the Coach X that I know.” The Coach X that I know would never do that.” “All of Team Y’s fans know that Coach X is a fine upstanding man”.

    Please- get this straight in your minds. EVERY SINGLE THING YOU KNOW ABOUT COACH X COMES FROM THE MEDIA. TV, radio, newspaper, internet, etc., all media. The media, based upon what they do and don’t report, how they frame questions, what context they present the answers in, etc., are in complete command of what informs your opinion about Coach X.

    Before Coughlin started winning, I remember lots of stories about his short temper, his outdated coaching style and his crazy rules. Two Super Bowls later he’s a kindly Grandpa who would NEVER say anything bad about the team that just threw him under the bus but kept their incompetent GM.

    Give me a break.

  44. He was so terrible during his interview that the eagles had talked to him multiple times. All the beat reporters at one point were stating that he was all but hired but they were working on the details of the coaching staff.. Most Eagles fan believe Howie is in Jeff Lurie’s ear, and Chip tried to end that. The whole time that Chip served his 1 year as GM, everyone knows he trashed Chip (rightfully so). Is this the Eagles attempt to pretend that Doug Pederson was their man; when in reality he was their 3rd choice?

    In terms of Coughlin bashing the Giants, is he suppose to say they gave me everything I needed and I sunk the ship? Of course he has to tell them the Oline stunk for the last 4 years, and that he had no talent on the defense, this is not a secret since the owner himself has been saying it.

  45. Maybe they shouldn’t have interviewed him right after he got the canned by the Giants. Too bad for Eagles fans because he is a much better coach then the one that they finally hired.

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