Tom Coughlin said last week he was "not necessarily" done with coaching, and being a man true to his word, we tend to believe him. This morning, a report from former SNYGiants insider Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports has Coughlin possibly speaking to the Philadelphia Eagles regarding their head coaching vacancy.
"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."
Garofolo also states that since Coughlin technically has one more year remaining on his contract, the Giants may block any attempt by Coughlin to seek a position they may see as a conflict.
That's when we will really find out if Coughlin resigned or if he was fired. If he was fired, the Giants can't stop him from seeking further employment in the league. If he resigned, they can hold him to his contract until it expires.
But all signs point to the former. There's no way Coughlin would walk away from $7 million bucks and no way would he simply quit. The underlying train of thought is they paid him out and asked him to step aside, which means they likely won't stand in his way.
If Coughlin becomes the head coach in Philadelphia, it could be a potential PR disaster for the Giants, who pushed Coughlin aside for.....well, we don't know yet.
The Giants meet with Doug Marrone on Saturday, a coach that might be the closest in texture to Coughlin. A Bronx native who is only 51 and has ties to several key players on the team (Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib) from his days as the head coach at Syracuse.
Marrone has promised to keep Ben McAdoo as his offensive coordinator should the Giants hire him as the head man. That might be a combination that would suit old dyed-in-the-wool Jint fans, the best-case scenario so to speak.
No one will replace Coughlin. The Giants know that. But what could be worse is they hire the wrong man while Coughlin thumbs them in the eye twice a year to add insult to injury.