Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported during Sunday’s pregame show that Falcons HC Dan Quinn already has three offensive coordinator candidates he’s interested in speaking to as potential replacements for Kyle Shanahan, who is expected to take the 49ers’ head coaching job.
Interestingly enough, Glazer reports that former Eagles and 49ers HC Chip Kelly is one of Quinn’s three coordinator candidates to consider for the job.
Earlier in the week, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported Kelly was meeting with the Patriots about a potential position. Kelly and Patriots HC Bill Belichick are friends and have exchanged football concepts since Kelly’s time at Oregon, according to Mortensen, so this wasn’t a big surprise.
Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator position before they decided to go in a different direction. Mortensen says that Tom Coughlin actually urged HC Doug Marrone to explore adding Kelly to the staff as an offensive coordinator or in another capacity, but they ultimately decided to promote Nathaniel Hackett to the offensive coordinator.
A number of reports have said that Kelly would prefer to remain in the NFL as opposed to heading back to the college game, and all indications are that this is his current focus.
Glazer previously mentioned Kelly “just wants to be a football guy” and plans to pursue offensive coordinator jobs this offseason.
“Chip told me last night, ‘I’ll go be an offensive coordinator somewhere,” Glazer said.
Kelly, 53, was hired by the Eagles back in 2013 as their head coach. He lasted just under three years in Philadelphia before he was fired during the 2015 season. The 49ers hired him as their head coach soon after.
Since taking the Eagles’ head-coaching job back in 2013, Kelly has produced a record of 28-35 (44.4 percent) as an NFL head coach for Philadelphia and San Francisco including one playoff appearance while he was with the Eagles.
We’ll have more regarding Kelly and the Falcons as the news is available.