The Eagles’ talks with Tom Coughlin have intensified, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com hears (Twitter links). He adds that there are questions for Coughlin to answer, but the two sides are far down the line and appear to be headed towards a deal. The Eagles are set for a face-to-face meeting with Coughlin today and this powwow is expected to be a lot more in-depth than the last one (link).
As PFR’s 2016 NFL Head Coaching Search Tracker shows, Coughlin is one of many candidates to be connected to the job in Philadelphia. So far, the team has also interviewed interim head coach Pat Shurmur, running backs coach Duce Staley, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo (before he was hired by the Giants), and Chiefs OC Doug Pederson. The Eagles were reportedly closing in on McAdoo before the Giants locked him down on Wednesday evening.
Coughlin, who previously served as head coach of the Jaguars, led the Giants to a 102-90 record during his 12 seasons with the team. He also added eight victories in 11 postseason contests, with all of those wins coming in two seasons – 2007 and 2011 – during which the Giants won the Super Bowl.
In recent years, however, Coughlin’s Giants struggled, having failed to earn a postseason berth since that 2011 Super Bowl season. After going 9-7 in 2012, New York has had three straight losing years, finishing 6-10 in a weak NFC East in 2015 and sealing Coughlin’s fate — the Giants were expected to make a change if the veteran head coach hadn’t resigned.
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