NFL, Tom Coughlin’s agent deny meeting with Pegulas occurred

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If Tom Coughlin eventually will be getting back into coaching in 2017 (or sooner), there’s no current effort in Buffalo to make that happen.

Both Coughlin’s current employer (the NFL) and Coughlin’s agent (Sandy Montag) have denied a report that emerged over the weekend indicating that Coughlin had met with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

“This meeting did not happen,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email on Wednesday.

“I do confirm that a meeting did not occur,” Montag told PFT via email.

The Bills opted to say nothing, citing a “longstanding practice not to respond to media posts based on rumors.” While accounts of the Coughlin-Pegula meeting may have begun as rumor, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that a meeting occurred.

The fact that the Bills scored an unlikely win over the Cardinals likely contributed to the fizzling of the rumor/report. But if the Bills struggle again, talk of Coughlin could resurface. Regardless of what happens in the future, the NFL and Coughlin’s agent have been unequivocal: No meeting happened.

64 responses to “NFL, Tom Coughlin’s agent deny meeting with Pegulas occurred

  1. OOOOOOOOOOoooo!
    Here we go!

    It makes sense too. Bringing in the Kryptonite to try to beat the Patriots.
    Ahhhh. The sweet smell of desperation.
    I like Coughlin, but his magic against the Patriots is long over.

  2. The hiring of Rex was clearly based on attracting increased media attention to a small market team and infusing excitement into a fed up fan based. A move towards a more disciplined coach would make sense, though he is quite advanced in age and probably not suited for a “czar” role. I’d like to see Urban Meyer make the jump to the pros. He is professional and possesses the detail and vigor to match up with BB.

  3. Coughlin is the coach version of that 40-year-old player that thinks he’s still an all-star, when in reality, he is the worst player on the team. Can’t admit that the game has passed him by and keeps trying to stay in when he should be in a rocking chair somewhere.

  4. This has much less to do with “beating the Patriots” and more to do with the fact that Coughlin is the exact type of coach you want for a talented, undisciplined team. It’ll never happen, but I say back a truck load of cash up to Sabans beach house. The roster is rife with SEC caliber talent, he’s learned a lot since Miami, and while he does deserve blame for his poor tenure there, Miami hadn’t exactly done anything to justify that it was only him since his departure.

  5. Nate says:
    Sep 28, 2016 4:57 PM

    Please NO!
    –Patriots Fan
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    What’s the worry? It isn’t like Coughlin actually had anything to do with the Giants beating the Patriots.

  6. Of course they denied it. They still have to have their phony Rooney Rule interview before they can hire Coughlin.

    Who’s going to be the lucky recipient of “interview experience” this time?

  7. Just. No. TC doesn’t have it anymore.

    Eagles foolishly fawned over him last season and thankfully he pulled himself from being interested. Say what you want about the Eagles but just imagine if he was there… there’s no way they’d be rising like they are (or seem to be) right now.

    Do yourself a favor and wait until the offseason and grab a warranted coordinator. Josh McDaniels is going to be the hot name and even as a Pats “hater” it’s deservingly so.

  8. This would be yet another bush league move by the laughingstock franchise of all, the Buffalo Bills.

    Just lose baby.

  9. “This meeting did not happen,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email on Wednesday.

    How does he know, was Coughlin working 24/7 for the NFL?

  10. amanistumor says:
    Sep 28, 2016 5:33 PM

    Do yourself a favor and wait until the offseason and grab a warranted coordinator. Josh McDaniels is going to be the hot name and even as a Pats “hater” it’s deservingly so.
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    McDaniels is far too clever to take a position in the AFCE

  11. “…but I say back a truck load of cash up to Sabans beach house. The roster is rife with SEC caliber talent, he’s learned a lot since Miami, and while he does deserve blame for his poor tenure there, Miami hadn’t exactly done anything to justify that it was only him since his departure….”
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    There is NO way Saban leaves his Alabama kingdom for Buffalo. No way.

  12. I’m convinced it happened. Pegula remembers how Coughlin came to Buffalo last year and kicked Ryan’s butt.

    He’s just preparing for the inevitable is all. Ryan thinks the win against Arizona saved his job. All it did was prolong it.

  13. It’s funny to read people tell me Saban won’t come to Buffal, specifically aljack quoting my post and omitting the “I know it’ll never happen” portion. Anything to make you sound smart I guess.

  14. Bills are not getting McDaniel, Saban, Meyer…or any good coach.

    Maybe Les Miles,,or they may wish to give Philips another shot…but Bills fans need to realize that it’s not an attractive job to those who can choose

  15. Bill Cowher would be an ideal coach or GM Buffalo, but no way he’d leave his cushy TV deal and walk into this train wreck. However, Lynn Swann is the new Athletic Director at USC. I would bet he has already talked to Cowher about coming to Trojan U.
    That would be fantastic for the Pac12.

  16. Why so much hate on Coughlin? Last time I remember the Jaguars were good, he was the coach. An expansion franchise when he took the reins. He won 2 Super Bowls in NJ with the Giants. Yeah he may be long in the tooth, but he needs to game plan and coach, not tackle somebody.

    – Redskins fan

  17. Umm, why would the NFL get involved in attempting to dispel a supposed rumor?

    No one said there was a meeting, but it’s clear the people who knew about the inquiry with Coughlin’s agent, are telling the truth.

    Very suspicious that the NFL is trying to deny this. It’s the Bills that need to deny it, not ROger Goodell.

    Very, very odd from the corrupt losers on Park Ave.

    The people in the know just picked out Coughlin’s name out of thin air to start a rumor?

    LMAO

    Please.

    Buffalo contacted Coughlin to gauge interest for when they fire Rex. Plain and simple.

  18. Personally I’d like to see them make a play for Bill Cowher ( or someone like him) again. I think his discipline and the talent on this team would be a good match. Barring that, I’d rather they waited until after the season and went after Josh McDaniels.

  19. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 28, 2016 4:49 PM
    Coughlin? The guy’s going to be 71 years old next year. How about finding the next great coach instead of a dinosaur?
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    Something tells me you’re one of the people voting for a 72-year old for President

  20. Finding & hiring a good established coach like Josh McDaniels will be tough. Playing in the AFC East means you are playing for a wild card most years at best. Success is only determined by wins and rings. Best to go to another division in the NFL.

  21. I had an opportunity to interact with Coughlin when he was with Jacksonville. He is a rude, mean man and now, he is also too old. Hell, I wonder if he still remembers his name.

  22. It’s quite clear that coaching is what’s hurting this team the most. They pretty much have the same roster as they did when they went 9-7 a couple of years ago. And they’ve been on a decline ever since the old regime left. I think the Pegulas are smart enough to know that as well. Rex will definitely be gone after this year. Coughlin is proven and being a Bills fan, I’d be excited to see you him replace Ryan.

    #BillsMafia

  23. It would be a brilliant move. Give him 3 years and he’ll totally change that teams losing culture into a respectable nfl franchise. He’s a players coach now too. Then he’ll turn the keys over to a well-trained protege. We all know Rex isn’t the answer to long term success.

  24. What possible good could Coughlin provide to a losing record after 4-5 losses? If he took over, he wouldn’t even know the players names by the end of the season , let alone be familiar with the players skills in order to game-plan offense/defense??? Better to let Rex finish the season but have Coughlin up in the box taking notes for the following season.

  25. Cowher’s not coming back to the NFL. If he wanted to he would have been hired as the Bills HC after they fired Dick Juaron.

    If not Coughlin then give former Bill and current Eagles OC Frank Reich a shot. Frank is a very smart guy who would surround himself with the perfect staff. He would also be a great mentor for next year’s number one draft pick which SHOULD be a QB. Frank played a huge part of Jim Kelly’s success back in the 90s and knows how to put points on the board.

  26. Coughlin is one of the few coaches in the NFL, that I have always respected! That is saying a lot since he coached a division rival. I hope he does get another coaching job! Why was Sheli so upset when he was fired/resigned??? Mara is a snake and screwed him over royally, which I thought only his division opponents were the only thing he focused on how to screw over…lol…What goes around does indeed come around, and I truly hope Coughlin gets another HC job and plays the Giants! I promise you it will not be pretty 🙂

  27. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 28, 2016 4:49 PM
    Coughlin? The guy’s going to be 71 years old next year. How about finding the next great coach instead of a dinosaur?
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    The same dinosaur who beat belicheat in the SB twice?

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