A few weeks after parting ways with the Giants in January following 12 seasons and two Super Bowl championships, Tom Coughlin told Newsday that coaching wasn’t out of his system and that he still had “the old fire in the belly.”
It turns out he may get the chance to revive his career.
Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said Monday that the team wants to speak with Coughlin about its vacant head- coaching position. The Jaguars fired Gus Bradley after Sunday’s loss to the Texans and named offensive line coach Doug Marrone interim coach for the final two games of the season.
“Tom is somebody we’ll be interested in talking to,” Caldwell said at a news conference. “Tom’s a great man, a great person, and we’ll see how it goes. There’ll be a lot of people we’ll be interested in talking to.”
Coughlin was the Jaguars’ coach when they joined the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1995. They reached the AFC Championship Game in his second season, and he led them to two conference championship game appearances and four playoff berths before being fired in 2002. He was 68-60 with the Jaguars and 102-90 with the Giants from 2004-12. He won the Super Bowl after the 2007 and 2011 seasons but missed the playoffs four straight years before being ousted.
Coughlin, 70, would have preferred to continue as the Giants’ coach but was nudged out by team president and co-owner John Mara, who indicated the organization needed a change. The Giants hired Coughlin’s offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, as coach. The team is 10-4 and closing in on a playoff berth under the rookie coach.
Coughlin works in the NFL operations department and coordinates with various levels of the league, including the competition committee and the officiating department.
He interviewed with the Eagles and 49ers last year and appeared close to taking the Eagles’ job before the team decided to hire former quarterback and Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. The Eagles’ first choice was McAdoo, but the Giants edged out their NFC East rivals.