You would think a seething hatred of the New York Giants would be a pretty strong prerequisite for anyone interviewing to be the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, considering the long, acrimonious rivalry between the two NFC East foes. But according to CSN Philly, Coughlin's bitterness over his exit from the Big Apple actually didn't do him any favors with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and the rest of the powers-that-be in the organization.
If the rumors are to be believed, Coughlin seemed preoccupied with finding ways to enact revenge on the NFL franchise that employed him for 12 years and with which he won two Super Bowls. Rather than focusing on what he could bring to an Eagles team still searching for their first championship in the post-merger era, the 69-year-old coach seemed "obsessed with how he felt wronged by the Giants" and "came off more concerned with making the Giants look bad than being consumed with coaching the Eagles."
At one point, Coughlin was considered one of the leading candidates — if not the point blank frontrunner — to replace Chip Kelly as the team's new head coach. Of course, the position eventually went to former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, a respected professional who comes from the same coaching tree as the last great mind to roam the Philly sidelines (Andy Reid).
While Pederson is a great hire, he's got nowhere near the level of big-game experience and overall resume strength that Coughlin offers. It's fair to assume that things may have played out differently if Coughlin hadn't let the bitterness of his Giants divorce spill over into his interview with the Eagles.
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LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at FedExField on November 29, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Boston College Football coach Tom Coughlin. Speaking at a Press Conferernce on Dec. 10, 1992 in Tampa, FL.about possibly being named to coach the New York giants of the NFL.(AP Photo)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 30: Tom Coughlin, head coach of the Boston College Eagles, before a college football game against the Florida State Seminoles on August 30, 1993 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Boston College Head Coach Tom Coughlin gets drenched with water from team members after they defeated Virginia at the Carnquest Bowl Saturday, Jan. 1, 1994 in Miami.FL. Boston College defeated Virginia 31-13. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin yells at an official about a call in the first half of the Jaguars 30-15 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin gives direction from the sidelines in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Friday, Aug. 9, 2002. (AP Photo/Gregory E. Smith)
Tom Coughlin smiles as he is introduced as the New York Giants new head coach at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004. Coughlin, 57, succeeds Jim Fassel who was fired following a 4-12 season in which the Giants lost their final eight games. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
New York Giants draft pick Eli Manning holds up his new Giants jersey as he poses with coach Tom Coughlin, left, and general manager Ernie Accorsi Saturday, April 24, 2004, in East Rutherford, N.J. The San Diego Chargers chose Manning with the No. 1 pick overall and the Giants swapped their No. 4 pick, quarterback Philip Rivers, and draft picks for Manning. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs during first quarter NFL football Saturday night, Dec. 17, 2005, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won, 27-17. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin answers a question during an interview at the Chelsea soccer team's training ground, Cobham, England Friday Oct. 26, 2007. The New York Giants will face the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium Sunday Oct. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin reacts in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 in the Super Bowl XLII football game on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, right, chats with National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell during a news conference on Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 in Phoenix. The Giants won the Super Bowl XLII football game by defeating the New England Patriots. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
**FILE ** In this July 23, 2008, file photo, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks with reporters in Albany, N.Y. as the Giants prepare to begin their football training camp. The Giants (11-3) are right where they want to be heading into the nationally televised winner-take-all contest against the Panthers (11-3) at Giants Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Tim Roske,file)
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, left, greets Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn after the Giants' 45-12 win in an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 28-29 -FILE - In this, Sept. 19, 2011, file photo, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin reacts during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin answers questions during a news conference, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. The Giants will face the New England Patriots in the NFL football Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team's 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Giants head football coach Tom Coughlin answers questions following a physical evaluation drill for his players on opening day of NFL football training camp in Albany, N.Y., Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin talks to an official during the first half an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin talks to reporters during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)