Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Bills met with former Giants HC Tom Coughlin during the offseason, but it was determined that there wasn’t a fit between the two parties.
According to Mortensen, the meeting was initiated by Bills HC Rex Ryan and it involved meeting with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, team president Russ Brandon and Ryan at some point around March or early April.
Mortensen says that the role being discussed for Coughlin was for him to be an active consultant for the team.
“I can confirm that the meeting you’re talking about did take place, but it was several months ago and there have been no calls from any team about Tom’s availability to coach,” Coughlin’s agent Sandy Montag told Mortensen. “He is fully engaged in his job with the NFL.”
Last week, reports surfaced that Coughlin had met with the Pegulas after the team lost to the Jets. However, sources have emphatically told Mortensen that the only meetings that occurred took place during the offseason and was arranged by Ryan.
Coughlin, 69, spent 12 years Giants’ head coach and has led them to a record of 102-90 (53.1 percent) to go along with five playoff appearances and two Super Bowl titles.
After interviewing for a few head-coaching jobs with the 49ers and Eagles, Coughlin agreed to join NFL’s football operations department.