Sean Payton isn’t the only NFL coach who appears to be headed somewhere else after the season is over.
Chip Kelly has been linked to the college ranks again, but the funny thing is he says he hasn’t received contact from the school that supposedly interested in his services.
Oh, and remember as well – Kelly is still the head coach in Philadelphia and has no plans to stop what he is doing while trying to turn the Eagles fortunes around and make the playoffs.
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When coaching vacancies happen, there is always speculation. Since Kelly has come under fire for some of his roster decisions this season and the poor play on the offensive side of the ball, of course, he will be one of the first names thrown out there as a potential ship-jumper.
He was so successful at Oregon before making the leap to the NFL so talk of a college return will always be there.
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The former Oregon coach said "no" on Thursday when he was asked at a press conference about whether he or his agent had been contacted by USC or another university about a coaching opening.
"I understand that it's going to happen. We're not successful and we're not winning. I came from college. We're going to go back to college," Kelly said of the perception of what his future will hold.
"I hope someday to be like (Giants) coach (Tom) Coughlin and win enough games where I stay around long enough where that speculation ends."
"But I understand you have to ask the question. I answered it the same way a year ago. I answered it the same way my first year here.
"It's an unfortunate part of the game because the other part of it is there are people that have lost their jobs. A friend of mind, Steve Sarkisian, is dealing with a big issue right now and I wish him the best."
Kelly could be a name that gets even more press as the season wears on if Philadelphia continues to have a rocky road in the NFC East.
He was an innovator of offense last season and the year before, but is having a tougher go of it with Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy jettisoned to other teams.
The addition of Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray aided in a win over the New Orleans Saints last week, but there is still an outcry by the fan base for a more stable offense and a more competent defensive effort.
The win over New Orleans was ironic since the Saints head coach Sean Payton has been the name thrown around as a potential new hire in Miami and possibly Indianapolis.
Payton has since squashed those rumors, although they are bound to persist as long as New Orleans continues to sputter through the NFC South.
Kelly’s situation is a bit different than the one in the Big Easy. Trading away key offensive players like McCoy and the Foles, as well as trading DeSean Jackson last season and letting Jeremy Maclin walk in free agency, then releasing Evan Mathis – it all leaves Kelly sitting in a seat that is extremely warm right about now.
If the Eagles do not show playoff form and a continual improvement, could his fate be sealed without him making a decision for himself? Would Eagles management make it for him?
With Kelly’s ties to the Pac-12 it is a sure bet the more the Eagles season wears on, the rumors will continue if the product in Green and Silver does not improve.
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