Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said his meeting with the Buffalo Bills wasn’t part of a plot to oust head coach Rex Ryan.
In fact, Coughlin said on CBS Sports Network’s We Need to Talk on Tuesday that when he met with Bills ownership last spring that it was Ryan who invited him.
“That was at Rex’s initiation,” Coughlin said in the interview. “It was pretty good when we met and talked. I actually think they wanted me to do a lot of things. Maybe sit next to the owner in the press box, tell him what I thought about what was good and what was bad (on the field). I came away feeling good about it. So did Rex.
“Then all of the sudden the questions started to come and they decided that it was something they couldn’t do. But that was the only meeting we had. And the only time I’ve ever talked to ownership.”
Coughlin, who retired as coach of the New York Giants after the 2015 season, instead took a job as a special advisor for the NFL’s football operations department in July.
Both his agent and the NFL denied he met with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula a meeting that was first reported by Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.