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Old 12-11-2003, 09:27 AM   #1
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Notwithstanding mounting rumors that former Jags coach Tom Coughlin will be the new coach of the Giants after Jim Fassel is politely instructed to get the hell out of town, a league source tells us that Coughlin could resurface not in New York, but in New Orleans.

Coughlin worked discreetly as a consultant for Saints owner Tom Benson during training camp, reporting neither to coach Jim Haslett nor G.M. Mickey Loomis but directly to Benson himself.

Yeah, Jim Haslett is still the coach. And, sure, it's hardly a foregone conclusion that he'll be released. But with rumors that Haslett has an escape clause allowing him to leave the Saints for one other team (supposedly the Bills) and Benson's impulsive nature, Haslett could be gone -- especially if the Saints finish (again) on the wrong side of .500.

Per the source, the Saints job is more attractive to Coughlin than the Giants gig because Coughlin wants the same level of control that he enjoyed in Jacksonville. At the Saints, G.M. Mickey Loomis could stick around without usurping any of Coughlin's potential authority, since Loomis is a cap-and-contracts guy, not a personnel evaluator.

In New York, Coughlin would have little authority over personnel, given the presence of G.M. Ernie Accorsi.

If/when Coughlin is out of the picture in New York, look for the Giants to make a strong run at LSU coach Nick Saban, whose star has risen about as high as it ever will in the NCAA ranks
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Heavens no!

Coughlin would be like importing our own inoperable cancer.

That being said, he stands a good chance of being hired. I would still prefer Lovie Smith or Romeo Crennel, or if Herm Edwards got canned.

look for the Giants to make a strong run at LSU coach Nick Saban, whose star has risen about as high as it ever will in the NCAA ranks
This is probably THE most true thing I\'ve ever seen posted on any message board. I am mystified about how Saban is able to walk or function under the weight of his own hype.
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Old 12-11-2003, 09:38 AM   #3
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Wasn\'t it reported in the preseason that Haslett contacted Coughlin several times for advice?
On Saban- I can\'t see him leaving LSU. Maybe I\'m being biased, but I know he is making alot of money now, and they are talking about beefing up his contract to where he\'ll make even more money. I honestly don\'t know why anyone would want to coach in the NFL vs. coaching college. It was stated last night on Fox sports that NFL head coaches are hired to be fired. I\'d rather be the \"Joe Paterno\" of LSU. With what he has done thusfar, he could sit on his ass for the next ten years, and would still have job security in Baton Rouge.

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Wasn\'t it reported in the preseason that Haslett contacted Coughlin several times for advice?
Not only was it reported. Jim Haslett himself said that he was the one that contacted Coughlin. I take those rumors with a grain of salt. Coughlin also visited several other teams as a consultant.
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I hear the that profootballtalk throws rumors around like Saints miss tackles.
I would take it with a grain of salt, then a shot of tequilla, and some nachos.
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