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January 09, 2016

Eagles head coaching search rumors: Add Tom Coughlin to the list

On Thursday this week, the Eagles interviewed Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo for their head coaching vacancy. Per Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Jeffrey Lurie and the gang may also be bringing in McAdoo's former boss Tom Coughlin in for a visit:

"Sources in the Giants organization told FOX Sports they expect Coughlin to speak to the Eagles in the coming days about their coaching vacancy. The sources said the Eagles are interested in Coughlin's services, which jibes with a report from FOX 5 in New York on Friday night that stated the Eagles requested permission from the Giants to speak with Coughlin."

ESPN's Adam Schefter comfirmed Garafolo's reporting:

Is there anyone the Eagles aren't talking to? In case you missed our recap of Eagles' head coaching search rumors, the Eagles have either interviewed or reportedly requested to interview eight candidates.

Adam GaseBears Offensive Coordinator
Ben McAdooGiants Offensive Coordinator
Pat ShurmurEagles Offensive Coordinator
Duce StaleyEagles Running Backs Coach
Doug PedersonChiefs Offensive Coordinator
Dirk Koetter
Bucs Offensive Coordinator
Paul GuentherBengals Defensive Coordinator
Teryl AustinLions Defensive Coordinator
*Names in bold have officially interviewed with Eagles.

They have also been connected to Sean Payton, Doug Marrone, and freaking Jon Gruden. Now Coughlin.

The Eagles would make sense for Coughlin from a geographical standpoint. As noted by Garafolo, Coughlin has four children and 11 grandchildren who all live on the East Coast, and the Eagles' facilities are a short hour and a half drive away from the Giants'.

The Eagles have mostly interviewed younger candidates so far -- Gase is 37, McAdoo is 38, Staley is 40, and Shurmur is 50. If Coughlin became the Eagles' next head coach, he would be 70 by Week 1 of the 2016 season. If the Eagles are looking to get back to the kind of stability they had under Andy Reid, who was in place as the Eagles' head coach from 1999 to 2012, Coughlin wouldn't exactly be the best long-term fit. 

However, in some kind of other role, Coughlin has been coaching football since 1969 and has won two Super Bowl rings. He has probably picked up a thing or two along the way. Or maybe they just want to pick his brain about McAdoo.

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