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Eagles News: New York writers think Tom Coughlin makes sense for Philadelphia

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Tom Coughlin isn’t ready to quit and he’d be a perfect fit for Eagles and Philadelphia - NYDN
In so many ways, he’s a perfect fit for the Eagles. He’s a blue-collar coach with no hidden agendas and Philadelphia is a blue-collar city with tough sports fans who have a lifetime love affair with the Eagles. Coughlin will bring discipline and accountability — he got high grades on both until giving Odell Beckham Jr. a pass against the Panthers — and has the ability to be caring like a grandfather off the field but tough and demanding on the field. Other than at quarterback, the Eagles have more talent than the Giants. "He can still coach. That’s a given," a source who knows Coughlin well said Saturday. "Who else is out there? I would say ‘Why not?’ I think he ran his course with the Giants. They waited a year too long. Whatever karma he had with the team was gone. Coaches run their course, they hit walls, it’s time to move on. If he’s still passionate, which he seems to be, being in a new place, there is no reason why he can’t be successful."

Chip Kelly helped Alabama win the College Football Playoff national championship game - BGN
Posted late last night.

Why ex-Giants coach Tom Coughlin is best candidate for Eagles -
When the Eagles sit down with ex-Giants coach Tom Coughlin, the best candidate available will be in front of owner Jeffrey Lurie. In an imperfect situation created by Lurie's firing of Chip Kelly nearly two weeks ago, the Eagles are in a difficult spot without an obvious choice. Enter Coughlin. Even at an advanced age, he's the perfect fit in an imperfect situation for a Philadelphia team in need of everything he brings to the table as a head coach.

Examining the fact that no NFL coach has won a Super Bowl with two teams - PhillyVoice
When NFL teams are looking for a new head coach and a guy with a Super Bowl background emerges (Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher being two recent examples), it is often pointed out that in the history of the NFL, no head coach has ever won a Super Bowl with two different teams. This year will mark the 50th such year that will not happen, as no current NFL coach -- not even any who have already been eliminated -- is coaching a new team after having won the big one. We'll examine if there's anything behind that, or if it's just a meaningless factoid.

Monday Coaching Update - Iggles Blitz
On Sunday the Eagles interviewed Doug Pederson in KC. I wrote a detailed piece explaining why he could be a good fit for the Eagles. Some of you asked why I didn’t deal more with his faults. I feel like those issues are fairly obvious. I was more interested in why the Eagles see him as a good candidate. That was the bigger challenge. One aspect of Pederson that bothers people is that other teams are not talking to him. That is a fair concern. But you are also missing the point to look at it that way. Pederson is a candidate for the Eagles because they know him. He played and coached for the Eagles. They have a knowledge of him that other teams don’t. I recently wrote a post that told the story of how Mike Krzyzewski got the job at Duke. If it wasn’t for the recommendation of Bob Knight, Coach K would not have even been a candidate. Going strictly by resume, Duke was crazy to hire Krzyzewski.

Twitter Mailbag: On Bradford, Coughlin And More - Birds 24/7
And so it comes down to: what is the most desirable option? If Doug Pederson brings in a new offensive coordinator and installs a new system, is there any motivation to stay? Would the allure of working with Tom Coughlin/Ben McAdoo convince him to buckle in and learn a new offense in the name of long-term benefits?  In Shurmur, you can at least sell consistency and familiarity, and I think that would mean something to a veteran QB in search of stability.  The Eagles could always tag him regardless, but I think it's important to be paired with a QB that wants you back. The coaching decision is critical in that respect as it applies to Bradford.

Coughlin says the fire still burns - Inquirer
In Coughlin, the Eagles found a coaching candidate different than any other they have interviewed. His credentials are without compare on the market, and the question with Coughlin is not about qualifications. Rather, it's whether he still wants to coach at his age - he said last week he has "not necessarily" extinguished his coaching flame - and whether he fits in Philadelphia with this roster and front-office structure. Ernie Bono, Coughlin's close friend and vice president of Coughlin's charitable organization, the Jay Fund, heard the question about whether Coughlin's fire is still burning and laughed. "That's not even a close question in my mind," Bono said during a telephone interview. "He really doesn't need to coach. But his desire . . ."

Paul Domowitch Doubles Down: Jon Gruden Definitely Interested in Coaching the Eagles - PhillyInfluencer
Last week, the Daily News‘ Paul Domowitch reported that Jon Gruden was interested in the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy, getting a lot of people excited in Philly. His report was debunked quickly by Howard Eskin, who’s had a nice little run of being correct on stuff recently. Eskin said he texted Gruden and received a response that he wasn’t interested in coaching. Last night on CBS3’s Sports Zone, Domowitch appeared and doubled down on his report that Gruden is interested in the gig, and said the Eagles are "lukewarm" at the idea.

Eagles' next coach will have a half-dozen building blocks - CSN Philly
You can whine all you want about Matthews’ not being as good as some of the receivers taken after him (Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry), but Matthews has shown enough to think he can be a good player for a long time.  Even with drops early in the year, the 23-year-old finished with 85 catches for 997 yards and eight touchdowns. At times this season, the team moved Matthews from the slot to the outside, but Chip Kelly clearly liked Matthews in the slot. It will be interesting to see how the next head coach uses him.  The other thing about Matthews that stands out is his personality. He has the chance to grow into a real leader for the Eagles over the next few years.

Akers, Parkey Share Pain Of A Big Miss -
David Akers made 39 postseason field goals, including an NFL record 19 in a row, in his marvelous 16-year NFL career, but it's the misses that haunt him to this very day, more than two seasons after his final kick ...

Best Coaching Fits | The MMQB with Peter King
Philadelphia - Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator, New England McDaniels learned a lot from his 28-game Denver head-coaching debacle and is ready to take the next job. He’ll be a better communicator this time, and he’ll understand that just because he has been mentored by Bill Belichick for years, it doesn’t necessarily mean that players are going to respect him right away as they do Belichick. I’m bullish on McDaniels having gone to school enough on what he did wrong, and I think he’ll have a good chance to win the second time around. And for those who say he won’t leave Belichick? For the right job, he will. The Eagles, though, might not want to go the former head-coach route.

Robert Griffin III cleaned out his locker and all he left was this motivational poster - SB Nation
In that fairly bizarre video of RG3 packing up, you can see him putting his helmet in a box, methodically peeling messages like "FEED THE BEAST" off the locker, and taking action figures down one by one. You can also see him removing the tape from that poster before deciding to leave it up in a different spot.

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