The Philadelphia Eagles have shifted their focus on replacing fired head coach Chip Kelly with former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter (Jan. 14).
Though Coughlin resigned from the Giants after a disappointing, injury-plagued 6-10 season, he has not lost the desire to coach (Jan. 9). Enter the Eagles, who had been linked to McAdoo and Hue Jackson, who became the Cleveland Browns coach earlier Wednesday.
Coughlin has already interviewed with the Eagles and it went well, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan (Jan. 13). In fact, according to Mike Garafolo, Coughlin spoke with the Eagles on Wednesday and is expected to talk with them again on Thursday (Jan. 14).
Philadelphia fired Kelly before the final game of the season and has interviewed several candidates, including Coughlin. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told Giants co-owner Steve Tisch that their interview with Coughlin went "very well."
Since he was under contract and resigned (as opposed to being fired), the Giants need to grant permission to any team that has expressed interest in Coughlin. However, Tisch said the team would not block Coughlin from pursuing other coaching vacancies, even if it was with a division rival.
"We were not going to not cooperate," Tisch told NJ.com. "Of course he should meet with the Eagles. He should meet with any team that is interested in talking with him."
The Eagles almost poached McAdoo away from the Giants on Wednesday. They would have if weren't for Jackson's decision to take the Browns job and forego an opportunity to coach the Giants. The Eagles were reportedly all-in on McAdoo and were set to hire him when the Giants got wind of it and pulled him back into the fold, making him their head coach.
With that domino gone, the Eagles are said to be concentrating on McAdoo's former boss, Coughlin, who knocked his interview with them out of the park Monday. Lurie was very impressed, and how could he not be?
If the Eagles hire Coughlin, the Giants leave themselves exposed as to having parted ways with him too soon. Lurie is looking for a trusted partner rather than a competitor like he had in Kelly.
Coughlin still has years of viable coaching left in him and Lurie may want to tap into that rather than entrust a first-time candidate. Should they hire him, the Giants better hope he doesn't come back to bite them. Right now, they don't seem too worried.