WOULD EAGLES REALLY HIRE 69-YEAR-OLD COACH TOM COUGHLIN?

By Peter Gleason

So, the Eagles “brain trust” is back from Kansas City after having interviewed Andy Reid acolyte Doug Pederson — an O-boss in name only — for their head coaching vacancy.

Next up:

This afternoon Tom Coughlin will sit down with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Boy Roseman— and wouldn’t it be something if Coughlin trades blue for green and goes from the Giants to their most geographically close, despised NFC East rival?

There are no guarantees anything will come of this, and Lurie might be wanting to tweak the Giants a bit here, and also hear what a respected NFL mind such as Coughlin has to say about his organization.

Lurie fired Chip Kelly after three years and wants a new coach who can make an emotional attachment with the players — a skill Kelly never mastered.

Coughlin, 69, resigned last Monday following a second straight 6-10 season, but a day later said “not necessarily’’ when asked if he was done with coaching. Given his age, he cannot be viewed as a long-term answer, but he has the energy of a much younger man and could be willing to take on one final football challenge.

“If Tom Coughlin were to coach again, you’d want to go to a situation where you feel you can win, sooner rather than later,’’ said a source familiar with Coughlin’s thinking.

 

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