We know the Eagles have been heavily checking out college coaches (Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien, Doug Marrone). I was a bit surprised tonight when over on Twitter I saw this:
Eagles have legitimate interest in Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly. Kelly right now however is out of the country
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 10, 2013
If Glazer says it, it is true.
And then Adam Schefter/Chris Mortensen added this:
From @mortreport and me: Eagles met with Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly, who is now out of country. Sides expect to revisit talks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2013
Wow, that’s interesting.
The argument for Kelly is that he’s a program builder and strong leader. He’s won everywhere he’s been. He had Cincinnati at 12-0 in his final season (didn’t coach the bowl game, which they lost). He had Notre Dame at 12-0 this year before Nick Saban went all Nick Saban on the Fighting Irish.
The argument against Kelly is that his confrontational style of coaching might not work so well in the NFL. Also, his offensive background isn’t all that clearly defined. He threw the ball a lot at Cincy and struggled to build a running game. At ND he has struggled with the passing game. They did finish 11th in rushing this year. I need to do a lot of research to try and find out what Kelly ideally likes to do.
Another issue is QB development. There has been little at ND. Gholson is just a R-Fr. so judging him is tough. Kelly did develop Tony Pike at Cincy, but he isn’t exactly an elite QB. Has Kelly just not had the guys to work with? Has he just not done a good job with them?
I have very mixed feelings on this news. Kelly is a winner and you can’t ignore that.
Grand Valley St 118-35-2
Central Michigan 19-16
Notre Dame 28-11
I just wonder how his personality and ideas would translate in the NFL. Interesting news at the very least.