The Philadelphia Eagles officially interviewed former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, as expected, on Monday. The team confirmed the news on Twitter:
#Eagles interview former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin for their head coaching position. pic.twitter.com/0NHU73yiud— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 11, 2016
In an appearance on ESPN's NFL Insiders show, Adam Schefter reported Coughlin met individually with Eagles CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Lurie before then meeting with the entire Eagles coaching search committee.
The 69-year-old Coughlin would certainly be an interesting choice for Philadelphia. His age and his status as the two-time Super Bowl winning former head coach of a division rival makes this a unique situation. The appeal of Coughlin is obviously experience and success. He would also bring stability and credibility to the Eagles organization, especially in contrast to how the Chip Kelly era ended.
The Eagles aren't the only team in on Coughlin. According to Mike Garafolo, the 49ers have been granted permission to interview him.
Pederson is the sixth coaching candidate to officially interview with the Eagles. Philadelphia has already confirmed interviews with running back coach Duce Staley, interim head coach Pat Shurmur, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase (who was hired by the Dolphins), Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, and Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Reports have suggested the Eagles plan to interview Teryl Austin, Dirk Koetter, and Paul Guenther at some point but none of those candidates have been confirmed.
Stay tuned to BGN for more updates on Philadelphia's coaching search.
[For more on Coughlin, read this excellent coaching profile.]