Tom Coughlin will not return as the head coach of the New York Giants in 2016. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Coughlin informed his staff that he is stepping down. The Giants now join the Eagles as one of the teams in search of a new head coach this offseason.
The 69-year-old Coughlin started coaching the Giants in 2004. He led them to a 102-90 record over that span. New York made two Super Bowl trips during his tenure and won them both. Coughlin's past success as a head coach is what made the Giants hold onto him for too long. This dismissal is arguably overdue. The Giants haven't made the playoffs since 2011. They are 55-57 since 2009.
It remains to be seen what the Giants intend to do to fill their coaching void. There have been rumors that the team could promote offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, but that's far from official. For what it's worth, the Eagles are also rumored to be interested in McAdoo.
The Eagles will miss Coughlin. The Birds have owned the Giants in recent history. In their last 16 meetings, Philadelphia has beaten New York a total of 13 times. The Eagles are 8-1 in road games during that span. Eagles fans will also miss his angry outbursts on the sideline.
The Eagles can take pride in being the last team to beat Coughlin's Giants as Philadelphia defeated New York on Sunday by a final score of 35 to 30.
That loss might not be his last game ever, however. Apparently Coughlin isn't retiring just yet.
Source close to former #Giants coach Tom Coughlin doesn't rule out coaching again. Could happen, could be soon. But gotta process this first— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2016