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January 14, 2016

Report: Eagles now targeting Tom Coughlin to be their new head coach

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After losing out to the New York Giants for head coaching candidate Ben McAdoo, the Philadelphia Eagles will turn their attention to former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Appearing on 97.5 the Fanatic, Schefter elaborated. "There are a number of things the two sides will have to work though," he said. "Number one, is it going to be lucrative enough for him to do that? Does he want to do it? Can he get a staff together, being that his staff has been left behind in New York, being that they're going to retain Ben McAdoo and those coaches that Tom Coughlin has worked with are staying in New York? Now he has to reassemble a new staff, which is not an easy thing to do. 

"He's got other career options, so he could even decide with the intensified talks with the Eagles, 'You know what, I'm not going to do this.' So there are still a lot of ways this could go, but I can tell you that as of last night there definitely are intensified talks and we'll see what comes of that."

Coughlin "resigned" from the Giants after compiling a 19-29 record over the last three years. Over the last two years, he is 0-4 against the Eagles.

Coughlin has been coaching football since 1969, and he'll turn 70 in August. He has three Super Bowl rings, one as a wide receivers coach and two as a head coach, all with the Giants. His two Super Bowl wins as a head coach came with teams that were not nearly as talented from top to bottom as many other Super Bowl winners. No coach has ever won a Super Bowl with two teams, although that feels more like trivia than any sort of predictor that it will never happen.

One of the themes in Jeffrey Lurie's post-Chip Kelly press conference was the next coach's ability to relate to and communicate with players. Coughlin had issues with that in the past, but he adapted to the modern athlete, and became a coach known for getting players to sell out for him. That could be a trait that interests Lurie.

Update: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network thinks it could wrap up quickly:

Update #2: The Eagles are reportedly conducting a second interview with Coughlin today:

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