Kelly led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular season, but was dismantled by Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide 42-14. The question I ask is why would you be interested in a coach that was overmatched by a coach that had mild success in the NFL. Kelly looked like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, as Saban played the role of Lucy pulling the ball away.
Kelly, 51, has moved up quickly in the coaching ranks starting at Division II Grand Valley State, then moving to Central Michigan, Cincinnati, and now Notre Dame. Kelly has had success at every stop, winning a MAC championship, and two Big East Championships, and leading Notre Dame to the BCS National Championship Game three days ago. Kelly has a FBS coaching record of 199-67-2, including a 28-11 in three season with the Fighting Irish in three season..
Philadelphia has been searching for a replacement for the fired Andy Reid, who was let go on the NFL’s Black Monday after a 4-12 season. They had already interviewed Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly who decided to remain at Oregon.
Kelly has openly denied having interest in an NFL coaching job this past Saturday, uttering that leaving Notre Dame “is not an option. I don’t even think about it.I think from my perspective I’ve got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever,” Kelly said Saturday. “I just look at the place that I’m at and thankful for the opportunity that I have.”
Philadelphia has a talented roster and a mobile quarterback in Michael Vick to run his offense. Kelly’s offense may fit the “new” NFL but I think they should think twice before hiring Brian Kelly, though the man does look nice in a suit doing press conferences. Bill Cowher has said he is itching to come back to coaching, and he has Pennsylvania roots with being the head man of the Pittsburgh Steelers until 2006. By Steve Kish