Let’s take an updated look at what is happening. The first bit of news is that Rob Chudzinski got the Browns job on Thursday night. Fine with me. Chud is a good assistant, but some around the league wonder if he’s got the ability to be a head coach. Running a team and running an offense are very, very different tasks. Some guys are made to be assistants. Some can make the transition to being the head guy. I hope Chud does well. He did hire Norv Turner to be his OC. I know some fans had interest in Norv as an Eagles target at OC. He has been good in the past, but I don’t think Norv going to the Browns is a big loss.
The Eagles have news of their own. There are all kinds of reports out there about Brian Kelly. One writer posted on Twitter that Fighting Irish DC Bob Diaco was having lunch with the AD. Could just be a friendly meal. Could be a discussion about Diaco taking over as coach if Kelly leaves. There are plenty of other possibilities as well. We can’t make anything of it, but every nugget is fun to follow at this time of the year.
Timing is huge for Kelly and Notre Dame. Early enrollees report soon. These are high school kids who graduate in December and then enroll in college in January so they can go through spring practice and be ahead of schedule when August and September roll around. If Kelly bolts, the enrollees can go elsewhere. One big time LB has reportedly already moved from ND to Florida. Kelly can’t let this drag out for fear of losing players.
Kelly has been on vacation and is supposed to be getting back to ND this weekend. We’ll see what happens.
The Eagles have meetings set up with Bruce Arians and Jay Gruden for early next week.
Gus Bradley will be in Atlanta for the playoff game against the Falcons. Some think he could stay in Atlanta an extra day to meet with the Eagles. Not sure if this is just speculation or realistic possibility. Obviously Seattle winning or losing will play a huge part in what happens. Go Falcons!!! I’m not 100 percent sold on Bradley, but I sure want the Eagles to get to meet him. Bradley is a very intriguing guy. I think you need to meet with him to find out if he’s the guy to lead your franchise. The word on Bradley is that he’ll be a great interview.
We did find out that Bradley interviewed with the Chargers on Thursday night. The feeling from most is that Arians will get that job. Rivers is the kind of QB he has had success with. Also, the new GM out there knows him from Indy.
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Jeff McLane says the Eagles are basically down to either Brian Kelly or Gus Bradley. Interesting.
I will put up a post on Gus this weekend. Won’t be super-long since he’s not as much of a mystery, but there are some interesting nuggets with him. Biggest argument against him…his son is named Eli!!!
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Andy Reid is building a nice staff in KC. Here’s what it reportedly will be:
HC – Andy Reid
Sr Asst – Brad Childress
OC – Doug Pederson
QB – Matt Nagy
WR – David Culley
TE – Tom Melvin
RB – Eric Bienemy
OL – George Warhop
DC – Bob Sutton
DL – Tommy Brasher
Sutton is the most interesting name. He was the Jets LBs coach in recent years. He has worked in both college and pro football and is an older guy. Sounds a lot like Jim Johnson, huh? Sutton’s track record isn’t quite as good, but I like the fact Andy hired that kind of coach.
A few angry Eagles fans wonder why he wasn’t hired by Big Red in 2011. Don’t know if the Jets gave us permission to talk to him or if Andy just wasn’t interested back then.
No update on Juan Castillo. With Reid having hired an OL coach, Juan could only go out there as LB coach. I’ve heard that he’s trying to get a defensive job. I truly doubt anyone would hire him as DC, but he could get a positional job with someone handling LBs or the DL. I don’t think there is bad blood with Juan and Andy. Juan got the job he dreamed of when he was made the DC. Juan knew that might not end well. At least he got the chance to show what he could do, good and bad. Better to try and fail than never know.
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As I’ve done more research on Brian Kelly, I didn’t realize how many good assistants he’s worked with over the years, some even having NFL ties. I’ll do a post on that if it looks like Kelly could be the guy. I don’t know who his coordinators would be. That is a mystery.