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Rumor Mill: Tom Coughlin


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UPDATED January 14, 1:05 PM

League sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Eagles and Tom Coughlin have had "intensified conversations since Wednesday night." The Eagles confirmed that they met with Coughlin on Monday.

Coughlin also reportedly interviewed for the 49ers head coaching vacancy. ESPN's Dan Graziano noted that while there were some appealing aspects of the San Francisco job, the move across the country would be a big reason against him taking the position.

Graziano added that Coughlin wants to coach for two to three years and wants to be in a position where he can win right away.

UPDATED January 14, 9:01 AM

According to Howard Eskin of Fox29 TV and 94WIP, Tom Coughlin is the leading candidate for the Eagles head coaching position. Eskin spoke with Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Show crew on Tuesday and said that Coughlin was first on the Eagles' list, followed by Pat Shurmur and Doug Pederson.

Another interesting development concerning Coughlin comes from Ian Rapoport from NFL Network, who says that Coughlin is meeting with officials from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. Coughlin hadn't been reported as a candidate until after his interview with the Eagles on Monday.

UPDATED January 12, 12:25 PM

The Eagles' search for a new head coach is in full swing, and early Saturday morning a familiar name popped up in media reports. No, it wasn't a former player, like Doug Pederson, or a former assistant, like Sean McDermott. It was longtime Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who Eagles fans may not know does have ties to the City of Brotherly Love.

FOX NY sports anchor Russ Salzberg was the first with the news. ESPN's Adam Schefter said that the interview will take place on Monday.

Coughlin, 69, resigned on Monday after 12 seasons at the helm of the rival franchise. Since he resigned, the Giants have to grant permission and all reports indicate that New York will not stand in the way. During his tenure, he led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles (2007 and 2011), earning a 102-90 (.531) record during that span. Coughlin's Giants teams were built largely upon the offensive side of the ball – seven times during his tenure in New York his teams ranked top 10 in the league points scored and three more times they ranked between 11 and 14. Quarterback Eli Manning, who was drafted by the Giants prior to Coughlin's first year as head coach of the team, developed into one of the better quarterbacks in the league under his watch, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl and two Super Bowl MVP awards.

In an NFC East division that's been difficult to predict year-to-year for the better part of a decade, Coughlin's teams made the most of its playoff appearances under the veteran head coach. With Coughlin, New York was 8-3 in playoff games, including 2-0 in the Super Bowl.

Before coaching the Giants, Coughlin spent eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, going 68-60 (.531) with four playoff appearances and a 4-4 postseason record as the franchise's first and winningest head coach. Prior to that job, he served as the head man for the Boston College Eagles from 1991-93, earning a 21-13-1 mark. From 1984-90, he coached wide receivers for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants, in that order. And before that, he held a handful of offensive coaching roles in the college ranks, at Boston College (1981-83), Syracuse (1974-80) and Rochester Institute of Technology (1970-73).

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