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Report: Tom Coughlin met with Jeffrey Lurie before Eagles interview

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Former New York Giants Tom Coughlin on Monday interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job left vacant by the firing of Chip Kelly. But not before he enjoyed a private audience with team owner Jeffrey Lurie.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday afternoon on the network’s “NFL Insiders” show that Lurie and Coughlin held a one-on-one meeting before the 69-year-old coach met with the entire contingent of the Eagles interview team.

“The Eagles are in the middle of interviewing Tom Coughlin,” Schefter said, via NJ.com. “He met with Jeffrey Lurie first. They had their meeting and then Tom Coughlin went into the rest of the group and met with all of the Eagles’ interview group, because it is a big traveling party.

“The question for the Eagles is; Do they want to go with somebody that they know and is experienced like Tom Coughlin, or do they want to go with a coach they can build around for the next 10 years or 15 years like a Ben McAdoo or Doug Pederson?”

It’s merely speculative to guess exactly why Lurie wanted to speak with Coughlin personally before the interview process, but reports last week indicated that the Eagles owner would prefer the team’s next head coach to be plucked from the NFL assistant coaching ranks and not an iconic veteran like Coughlin.

But Bill Parcells, an NFL coaching icon in his own right and a confidante of Coughlin’s suggested that his former assistant from the Giants’ glory years would be a perfect fit for the Eagles.

The fact that the Eagles interviewed Coughlin does indicate some semblance of interest. That the former Giants head coach agreed to an interview indicates interest from him as well.

It’s worth noting, though, that the Eagles aren’t the only team interested in interviewing Coughlin, either.