No matter how the Giants worded it, it’s clear that former coach Tom Coughlin was pushed out the door.
And it’s equally clear he wasn’t thrilled about it.
During and interview with Jay Mohr on FOX Sports Radio, Coughlin admitted he wasn’t ready to leave coaching after 20 years, the last 12 of them in New York.
“Hey, do I agree with the move? Of course not,” Coughlin said, via the New York Daily News. “It hurts. It hurts. Former is not a good word. I don’t like the word but that’s the way it is.”
But he did dispute the notion that he snubbed owner John Mara as he walked out of his farewell press conference brusquely, saying he simply walks out of farewell press conferences brusquely.
“I did not snub Mr. Mara if that’s what you’re insinuating,” Coughlin said. “That’s the way I leave press conferences. Why should I hang around to answer one more less-than-glamorous question?”
He spoke of his looking for other work, saying after an interview with the Eagles “it did not materialize.” But after he was hanging around the Combine as a member of the league’s Madden committee, Coughlin certainly gives the impression of a man who wants to coach again.