Tom Coughlin is no longer the coach of the New York Giants, but he is likely to be a hot commodity for other head coaching vacancies. On Tuesday the San Francisco 49ers interviewed Coach Coughlin for their head coaching position that was left vacant after they fired Jim Tomsula after his only season as head coach.
If hired, this would be his third stint as a head coach in the NFL. Coughlin’s first NFL head coaching job came with the Jacksonville Jaguars, when they were an expansion team in 1995. More recently, he has been the head coach for the New York Giants since 2004, winning two super bowls before stepping down after this season.
The 49ers seem like an unlikely fit for Coughlin for a few reasons. First, their team is probably more in the rebuilding stages than the Giants have been lately, and Coughlin, who turns 70 in August, may not be willing to gamble on such a young team. In addition, their quarterback position is not nearly as stable as the Giants have had with Eli Manning. Colin Kaepernick has regressed since leading the team to the Superbowl just three seasons ago in 2012. Lastly, Coughlin has a lot of east coast roots having went to school in Syracuse, coaching at Boston College, and working for the Giants for the past decade plus. Coughlin is married with four children and eleven grandchildren and may not want to make the move all the way to California, especially at his age.
Having said that, it seems Coughlin isn’t ready to call his coaching career quits just yet. On Monday, he interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was the wide receivers coach for a season in 1984. The Eagles seem to have some talent on their roster, and would seem to be a better fit for Coughlin than the 49ers. I think he would be a great guy for the job and could help stitch the locker room back together.
It looks like Coughlin is going to give it one more go around. The question as to what team will be answered in the next couple of weeks, but the Philadelphia Eagles could emerge as a favorite.