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A Chip Kelly, Marcus Mariota reunion could happen at the Tennessee Titans

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Ken Whisenhunt's seat in Tennessee hasn't even had a chance to cool down and now there are rumors that the position with the Titans will ultimately be filled by current Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.

Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. But in this case, the rumor is out there because Marcus Mariota previously experienced such great success with Kelly in college football at Oregon.

There were also rampant rumors that Kelly was willing to trade almost anything he could to bring Mariota to Philadelphia during the NFL Draft.


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Who becomes the eventual head coach in Nashville is anyone's guess, but let the record show that only a few short hours into the vetting process of deciding who might be a viable candidate, the rumors were published on

Kelly's Eagles have endured a poor start to the season, going 3-4 in their first seven matches, but it is unlikely Philly would part company with Kelly as they have invested so much in his methods in the past couple of years, including his decision to trade away star players LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin.

Kelly has been linked to several jobs since the season started, mainly on the college level with USC and possibly Michigan, should the Indianapolis Colts fire Chuck Pagano and seek to hire Jim Harbaugh - who would be reunited with Andrew Luck from their days together at Stanford.

Mularkey unlikely to keep Titans job

These games of musical chairs must be making many a writer across the country a bit dizzy. For the moment, Mike Mularkey is the interim head coach in Tennessee until further notice. A lot can happen in nine weeks, but it would shock me if he is given the job for 2016 and beyond.

ProFootballTalk points out that the Titans, at 1-6, are only one game behind the Colts, Texans, and Jaguars in the AFC South loss column. If Mularkey leads them to a division title, it will be hard to not give him the permanent job. Likewise, the 3-4 Eagles are in second place in the NFC East, only one-half game behind the Giants, who lost to Philly by 20 points two weeks ago.

Stranger things have happened. If the Titans are looking at an offensive mind to help tutor Mariota and do not reach out to Kelly at the end of the season, other names they could possibly consider are Frank Reich of San Diego, Kyle Shanahan of Atlanta and Adam Gase in Chicago.

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