Bill Parcells believes Eagles should hire Tom Coughlin
Bill Parcells said he believes the Philadelphia Eagles should think far outside the box and hire former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin to replace Chip Kelly.
The NFL coaching icon was asked if Coughlin, who stepped down from his position with the Giants earlier this week, would be a good fit for the Eagles during a radio interview on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fan on Thursday.
“I know guys Tom Coughlin’s age who know a whole lot more about football than some of the 30 year olds who are coaching it,” he said, via NJ.com. “Tom isn’t just a good friend, but I have experience coaching with him that goes back a long time. I think his record pretty much speaks for itself.”
Parcells also indicated as far as Coughlin is concerned, age shouldn’t be a factor, so long as he still has the energy and drive to coach.
Coughlin of course served under Parcells as an assistant, helping the Giants win Super Bowl XXV. The notion that Parcells would even endorse Coughlin joining a bitter division rival is an interesting one. Although it warrants mentioning that the Eagles will interview Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, so it doesn’t appear that Jeffrey Lurie and company would be reluctant to find their next head coach from the options available within the NFC East.
Further, Parcells noted that the list of potential candidates isn’t that overwhelming.
“I do know that from hearing the list available,” he said. “The talent pool is a little bit thin right now.”
Coughlin hinted in his remarks following his resignation that he hasn’t ruled out coaching again. It also seems like Coughlin may he harboring some bitterness towards his former employer given how he appeared to snub Giants co-owner John Mara following his farewell news conference, something adds a level of intrigue and indicates he could be interested in sticking it to the organization.
But would the Eagles be willing to take a chance on a 69-year-old who is coming off leading a team to three consecutive losing seasons, even with Coughlin’s pedigree? That’s the most relevant question.