The Philadelphia Eagles officially interviewed Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo earlier this week. Now the Birds are set to interview former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on Monday. But instead of picking one over the other, there might be a chance they could have both. NFL insider Mike Garafolo discussed this scenario as a possibility on Saturday.
Per bigblueinteractive forum, Garafalo said on NY radio that if Coughlin goes to Philly he'll try to take McAdoo with him as HC in waiting.— Greg Richards (@igglesnut) January 9, 2016
@IgglesCoverage @igglesnut I said it's a possibility but was also told Marrone would be open to keeping McAdoo if he gets the NYG gig— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 9, 2016
Eagles fans might not be thrilled with the idea of these Giants taking over in Philly, but I can see some logic to this. The Eagles might like Coughlin but it's hard to count on him in the long-term since he's 69 years old. The Eagles also might like McAdoo but they might feel like he's not fully ready to become a head coach just yet. A Coughlin-McAdoo package might offer the best of both worlds.
There are obviously concerns about bringing Coughlin in. Aside from their Super Bowl in 2011, the Giants have been pretty mediocre since 2009 with a 55-57 record. New York failed to make the playoffs in a weak NFC East during the last four years of Coughlin's tenure.
The upside, however, is what McAdoo brings. The Giants went from being ranked 28th in points and yards in 2013 to 13th and 10th when McAdoo took over in 2014. Those figures improved to sixth and eighth in 2015. Eli Manning improved in the new offense. Despite his success in New York, it's possible the new Giants coach will want his own offensive coordinator.
For now, this is all speculation. Coughlin has yet to interview and the Eagles still seem to be fairly interested in both Doug Pederson and Pat Shurmur. But maybe a Giants infusion in Philly, for better or worse, isn't so unlikely as it once would have seemed.