Coughlin likely wouldn’t need permission from Giants to coach elsewhere


Technically, Giants coach Tom Coughlin resigned from his job. As a practical matter, he was pushed, but given the chance to leave under circumstances that appeared to be his own terms.

Coughlin, for example, likely will be eligible to be paid for 2016, which would have been the last year of his contract. If the Giants weren’t willing to do that, then Coughlin would have held firm and forced a termination.

A separate question arises regarding Coughlin’s future plans. He hasn’t ruled out staying in coaching, and any team with a vacancy would be crazy not to pursue him. Under the league’s anti-tampering policy, however, a coach who resigns or retires before the completion of his contract “is not free to discuss or accept employment with another NFL club without consent of the prior-employer club.” Consent can be given in exchange for compensation.

In this case, it’s not believed the Giants would insist on permission or compensation. Although the label is “resignation,” Coughlin was let go. Presumably, his agent/lawyer added an express term to the paperwork dissolving the arrangement to ensure that Coughlin gets a buyout and also has the freedom to go elsewhere.

Even if the i’s weren’t dotted and t’s weren’t crossed, it’s highly unlikely that the Giants would give Coughlin a hard time about working elsewhere. They didn’t want to keep him and they didn’t want to fire him, so he accepted the opportunity to resign. Under those circumstances, he should be able to work elsewhere, immediately.

If he does work elsewhere, maybe Coughlin would do something other than coach. At one point, a trend was developing of teams hiring former coaches to oversee football operations. At a time when the Browns are giving power over the organization to non-football types who have embraced analytics, maybe there’s a team out there willing to let a highly successful career coach run the show.

18 responses to “Coughlin likely wouldn’t need permission from Giants to coach elsewhere

  1. .
    Best bet : Coughlin winds up with some type of special assistant gig with the Patriots. They’re close to home. Coughlin has a familiarity with Belichick. He could keep his nose in the game while working limited duties. Plus, by being in the AFC he doesn’t irk the Giants.

  2. This guy is a great coach and even a better person. He still runs Jay Fund campaign in Jacksonville (after leaving Jax 12 years ago) helping kids with cancer.

    He will succeed wherever he goes, even with the Browns.

  3. Based on previous experience Tom Coughlin will be successful in whatever he chooses to do next. Can’t necessarily say that about the GM he left behind

  4. gojags says:
    Jan 5, 2016 4:06 PM
    This guy is a great coach and even a better person. He still runs Jay Fund campaign in Jacksonville (after leaving Jax 12 years ago) helping kids with cancer.

    He will succeed wherever he goes, even with the Browns.

    I agree he is great but succeed with the browns? Cmon man

  5. Maybe Stepen Ross could use some advice in Miami?
    Hey, he had Parcells did he not?

  6. I am trying not to get my hopes up about Coughlin filling the defensive coordinator position at Jacksonville. Might be too many chiefs.

  7. Not a happy Giant fan here. But at least I am not a Browns fan.

    I just can’t believe a lawyer and a baseball guy are in charge in Cleveland. Mind boggling.

    All he had to do was hire Coughlin as his coach. Let Coughlin pick the GM (he would have done the right thing) and bingo, CREDIBILITY. But no, lets’s do it as wrong as possible.

    I can see the NFL forcing Haslam out.

  8. Mara offered Coughlin an advisor/consultant role with the Giants, and Coughlin did say he’d consider it among all his options.

    I doubt a struggling team with no QB will interest TC – at 70 when the 2016 season starts, he likely doesn’t have the time for a “5 year plan”. And none of the teams looking for a head coach have a solid two-way squad, even if they do have a serviceable QB… or else they wouldn’t be looking for a head coach.

  9. Do we know if McAdoo or Spagnola’s contracts have a parachute clause tied to Coughlin’s firing? I suspect they do which would allow them to leave if Coughlin is fired – so he resigns like a loyal soldier. That gives the Giants control until they choose a new head coach. Manning wants McAdoo back and so do the Giants. The problem wasn’t the head coach – or any of the coaches! The problem was personnel … and the man responsible for the roster is retained? It sounds like the Jets … or the Dolphins … or the 49ers! Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch better hope that Coughlin doesn’t go to Philly. If the Eagles get Coughlin the NY fans will be enraged when the Eagles continually beat the Giants.

  10. @deneb1973, Mara clarified in a later interview on WFAN that he would allow both coordinators to seek head coaching jobs with other teams.

  11. You keep making reference to the (supposed) fact that Coughlin didn’t really resign. Rather, that he was forced, or that his resignation was camouflage for his being let go.

    Where’s your proof. How about some facts to back up your insinuations?

  12. Who would want either of them? Spagnola’s been a failure everywhere he’s been and McAdoo’s offense is a 1-man show. Without Beckham (as we saw vs. Vikings) the Giants are a joke. The only reason Eli wants McAdoo back is so he can continue to operate in an offense where he gets rid of the ball quickly, puts-up decent numbers and avoids getting pounded due to terrible offensive live. All selfish reasons – he no longer cares about winning – even more so now without Coughlin around. Giants streak of non-playoff seasons (4) will double before it ends.

  13. The Miami Dolphins really should hire Tom Coughlin to be the next head coach and they can get him to bring spags with him. There’s a perfect fit franchise quarterback weapons and the things Spags needs to be successful a great defensive line and pass rush. He would turn that under achieving team around ASAP.

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