Now that the Philadelphia Eagles are down to four publicly known coaching candidates after missing out on Ben McAdoo, the team is reportedly refocusing their efforts on a single name: former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
Eagles now have turned their attention to former Giants HC Tom Coughlin, per sources. Yet, there are issues for two sides to work through.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2016
"I can tell you as of last night their have been intensified talks (with Coughlin) and we will see what comes of that" - @AdamSchefter— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) January 14, 2016
Not sure of exact timeline as it relates to NYG/McAdoo but the Eagles spoke to Tom Coughlin again yesterday, expected to do so again today.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 14, 2016
Philadelphia's interest in Coughlin first emerged over the weekend. The Eagles officially confirmed their interview with the 69-year-old coach on Monday.
Coughlin is arguably the best remaining candidate for the Eagles. That's not saying much because their options are limited, but he has plenty of NFL experience and he's known for being able to connect with his players. The problem is the question of his longevity. Is he the right fit for this organization?
The Eagles aren't the only team in on Coughlin. The San Francisco 49ers also interviewed him. This whole deal could be Coughlin's agent trying to leverage the Eagles and 49ers against each other. With that said, the Eagles might have a geographical edge:
On Coughlin to SF "he's been talking to the 49ers. I don't believe he'd want to go cross country with his family here" - @AdamSchefter— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) January 14, 2016
Recent reports indicate Philadelphia's coaching search might be over soon. If that's the case, maybe Coughlin is going to be the guy. Of the four known options, he's currently (slightly) favored by Eagles fans:
For more on Coughlin, read this coaching profile.
UPDATE: More from Ian Rapoport:
#Eagles talks with Tom Coughlin have intensified, as well. This could all go down very quickly. He seems to have wrapped his head around it— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2016
There are "ongoing discussions" between Tom Coughlin and the #Eagles as we speak. Some questions to answer. But they are far down the line.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2016