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Making Sense of Brian Kelly's Interview with the Philadelphia Eagles

Jan 6, 2013; Fort Lauderdale FL, USA; Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (left) answers questions during a press conference for the 2013 BCS National Championship game at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 10, 2013

It makes perfect sense. 

Brian Kelly met with the coach-less Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen

For Kelly, it makes perfect sense from a leverage standpoint. 

For the Eagles, the interview proves they are serious about their coaching search and will not let any candidate slip through the cracks. 

Per FoxSports.com, "just a year ago, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick gave Kelly a two-year contract extension to keep him with the Fighting Irish through the 2016 season."

After a 12-0 regular season and a trip to the national title game, now is the ideal time for Kelly to make the necessary moves to worry Swarbrick and his staff enough to give the former Cincinnati Bearcats coach a pay raise.

Frankly, he'd be doing himself a disservice, missing out on a prime money-making opportunity if he didn't flirt with an NFL team.

Before we totally dismiss this interview as simply a token interview to benefit both sides, in an ESPN.com report that expanded on Mortensen's tweet said "there was mutual interest after the interview." 

Owner Jeffery Lurie, in all likelihood, isn't just interested in Kelly for the shock value of it or for more publicity. 

Kelly's track record at the college level speaks for itself—62-17 over the last six seasons—and his success hasn't solely been due to amazing recruits.

Sure, Notre Dame is Notre Dame and will always garner consideration from the nation's best high school players. However, Kelly fielded many winners before his days at South Bend, and, frankly, in today's college football landscape, SEC schools typically get commitments from more 5-star prospects than the Golden Domers.

His offensive philosophy is innovative and dynamic, and he was able to tailor his scheme around a group of talent at Notre Dame that was more balanced than anything else. 

In theory, he would be able to fully tap into the potential of LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and work with the developing Nick Foles

Tony Pike and Mardy Gilyard vastly improved under Kelly at Cincinnati and guys like Michael Floyd, Theo Riddick and Cierre Woods turned in impressive statistical seasons in Kelly's offense.

However, before we hear anything further about the legitimacy of Kelly becoming the next head coach of the Eagles, this all appears to be more about Kelly using the Eagles for his own monetary benefit than anything else. 

 

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