On Sunday morning, a stunning report emerged indicating that Jacksonville Jaguars president Tom Coughlin could return to the sideline in 2019 to replace head coach Doug Marrone.
The person who perpetrated that story was Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, who wrote, there is a “growing perception around the NFL” that “Tom Coughlin could end up coaching the team in 2019 as part of a more sweeping transition, with the Jags among the league’s biggest disappointments this season.”
On Monday, La Canfora appeared on “Midday Chalk” with Rick Ballou, Lauren Rew and James Coleman.
A long discussion on the matter ensued. La Canfora hemmed and hawed about where his information was coming from. Then, one of the hosts said, “you’re using deductive reasoning to say that Tom Coughlin may or many not come back. Because you haven’t said anything.”
Ultimately, La Canfora got very defensive and started responding with barbs.
The hosts of the show discussed how Coughlin is notorious for not letting anything leak outside the building and asked — without asking for La Canfora to reveal his sources — if the chatter was coming from inside or outside the building.
That’s when things devolved further. One of the hosts accused La Canfora of making stuff up for clicks, and La Canfora eventually just hanging up on the show in anger.
You can check out the entire interview here.
What it really boils down to is that the “report” was probably really not a report and should not be treated as such.