Tom Coughlin could be taking his talents down I-95 to Philadelphia where he’ll meet with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie about the team’s head coaching vacancy.
At his Giants farewell press conference last Tuesday, Coughlin didn’t rule out the possibility of prolonging his coaching career. What an ironic twist it would be for Big Blue’s beloved head coach to hop onto the other side of a bitter NFC East rivalry.
The soon-to-be 70-year old NFL lifer might not be the best fit in the City of Brotherly Love, which just had an unceremonious end with former head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles saw Kelly released star wide receiver DeSean Jackson, allowed stud pass-catcher Jeremy Maclin to leave during free agency and, traded quarterback Nick Foles to St. Louis for quarterback Sam Bradford and traded running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
None of these personnel moves worked out in Kelly’s favor, leading to a 6-9 record before the Eagles released him prior to the Week 17 matchup with the Giants.
Giants co-owner John Mara thanked Tom Coughlin for his 12-year run as the team’s leader, but admitted at his end of the year press conference that all good things must come to an end.
For Coughlin, the next chapter of his coaching legacy could begin Philadelphia, which most Giants fans will admit is stranger than fiction.