Philadelphia Eagles Reportedly Interested in Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

After being spurned by Oregon head man Chip Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly set their sights on another wildly successful college football coach—Notre Dame's Brian Kelly.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9:45 p.m. ET by Richard Langford 

Good news for Notre Dame fans hoping that Kelly sticks around for a while longer. If Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel's below tweet is accurate, Kelly's talks with the Eagles may be no more than a form of a negotiation. 

A Notre Dame source tells me that the expected result of Kelly's NFL flirtation is a raise and an extension.

— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) January 10, 2013

---End of update---


Jay Glazer of FOX Sports broke the story Wednesday evening with this tweet:

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

According to Ian Rapoport of, the two sides met on Tuesday:

The #Eagles interviewed #NotreDame coach Brian Kelly on Tuesday. That's a wildcard.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2013

The two sides will resume talks when he returns to the states this weekend (h/t

Since taking over at Cincinnati in the 2006 International Bowl—his first career power-conference job—Kelly has amassed a 62-17 record over the course of six seasons. That includes two 12-0 regular seasons, one at Cincinnati in 2009 and one with the Fighting Irish this past year.

When prompted about moving to the NFL, Kelly called Notre Dame his dream job and said, "Leaving is not an option." He did, however, leave the door somewhat open, continuing to say, "For me to say I’ll never coach in the NFL—I have no idea...It's all about timing."

Philadelphia is searching for a new boss after its worst season since 1998. Despite high expectations, the Eagles went 4-12 and it cost Andy Reid, the longest-tenured coach in the league, his position.

Earlier in the day, Philadelphia scheduled an interview with former Bears coach Lovie Smith (h/t, and the Eagles have also been linked to names like Mike McCoy, Bruce Arians, Jay Gruden and Gus Bradley.

The Eagles are clearly doing their due diligence on all available candidates, but Kelly sticks out as a particularly intriguing choice. In three years at Notre Dame, he's gone 28-11 with a team that was 16-21 in the three years prior.

The ability to produce that kind of quick turnaround is exactly what the fallen-from-grace Eagles are looking for.