49ers want to talk to Coughlin
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As the 49ers’ coaching search entered its second week, a new name — and an older coach — was added to the list: Tom Coughlin.
FoxSports reported Monday the team had asked permission to interview the former Giants coach. Coughlin, 69, resigned last week following a 6-10 season, including a win over the 49ers.
The Giants still control his rights, which prompted the 49ers to seek permission. A league source said no interview had been set up but that it could potentially occur in Houston where the league’s owners are congregating this week to discuss which teams may head to Los Angeles.
The 49ers’ first choice to be their next head coach is believed to be Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who also has interviewed with the Browns and may also get one with the Giants. The 49ers’ interest in Coughlin could be a signal to Jackson that they have other options as well.
The 49ers have met with Browns assistant John DeFilippo, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
Coughlin, meanwhile, has a connection to Bill Parcells, who serves as a mentor to general manager Trent Baalke. Parcells was head coach of the Jets when Baalke began working as a scout for that team in 1998. Parcells was head coach of the Giants when Coughlin started working there as a receivers coach in the 1980s.
Coughlin interviewed for the Eagles head-coach opening on Monday, and Parcells went on the radio in Philadelphia last week to endorse his protege.
“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,” Parcells said, when asked if Coughlin would be a good fit for the Eagles. “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.