By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — He spent the last 12 seasons tormenting Eagles’ fans.

But suddenly, former Giants coach Tom Coughlin has reportedly become the leading candidate to replace Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, according to SportsRadio 94WIP’s Howard Eskin.

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“That’s why I think Tom Coughlin is the guy because he doesn’t want to get involved in [personnel],” Eskin told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday. “He just wants to coach and that’s where it fits to what [the Eagles are] looking for. He won’t be a coach that demands the personnel — but yeah listen, you should tell the guy who you’re gonna draft. But he’s not gonna want that kind of authority. He just wants to coach. That fits exactly what they want.”

Listen: Howard Eskin on the 94WIP Morning Show


Many candidates, like new Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator Hue Jackson want personnel control. Eskin says Coughlin, along with Eagles’ offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, would have no qualms about Howie Roseman manning the personnel department.

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“Those three guys — if you took Coughlin, Shurmur, and Pederson — every one of those guys is just gonna be a person who wants to be the head coach, who is not gonna force himself into making decisions in personnel and that’s why it works,” Eskin explained. “That’s why — I think it’s down to those three guys and Coughlin is the leader.”

Eskin, who was months ahead of the recent power changes in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization, says if Roseman fails this time owner Jeffrey Lurie will go in another direction.

“I will say this, if this doesn’t work, in the next two years I think you’re going to see a complete change in the front office,” Eskin said. “If this doesn’t work.”

“No Howie?” Cataldi asked.

“Complete change would be yes,” Eskin said. “Completely change. You can’t keep on going with this if it doesn’t work.”

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