According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly does in fact have interest in becoming the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I know there are people who believe … that this is nothing more than a leverage play,” said Schefter while appearing on NFL Live Wednesday, via Rotoworld. “But the fact of the matter is he has a 12-1 record. He got Notre Dame back to where it wanted to go. And the people who are familiar with that situation believe he has all the leverage he needs anyway, with or without the Eagles. He’s interested. He’s gonna continue to talk to the Eagles … and then he’ll have to make a decision about whether or not he’s ready to jump to the NFL.”
It seemed as though this was Kelly using his leverage to get a raise out of the University, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.
The Eagles are reportedly considering Falcons DC Mike Nolan, Broncos OC Mike McCoy, Colts OC Bruce Arians, former Bears’ HC Lovie Smith, Bengals OC Jay Gruden, Falcons ST coordinator Keith Armstrong and Seahawks DC Gus Bradley for their head coaching vacancy.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that the Philadelphia Eagles have “legitimate interest” in Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.
Glazer adds that Kelly is currently out of the country.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that the Eagles have in fact met with Kelly regarding their head coaching vacancy and could resume talking once he returns from his trip.
The two sides reportedly met after the national title game, according to Mortensen.
Pete Thamel of SI.com reports that a Notre Dame source has informed him that Brian Kelly’s recent meeting with the Eagles will most likely result in a raise and an extension.
Kelly mentioned last week that he intends to remain the Fighting Irish’s head coach, so this seems like a very plausible scenario.