NFL Teams Could Reportedly ‘Kick Tires’ On Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In the decade he’s been at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has attracted the attention of NFL teams on more than one occasion. Ultimately, he’s stayed put.Could the professional ranks come calling for Kelly again? One NFL insider thinks it is a legit possibility.Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, citing a discussion with a league scout, referred to Kelly as “underrated” and wondered if he could attract NFL attention once again.He’s in his 10th year at Notre Dame now. He’s a good bet to post his fifth 10-win season, and third straight. In the 16 years before his arrival, the Irish had just two 10-win campaigns. At the very least, he’s the best coach in South Bend since Lou Holtz. And I wonder if NFL teams kick tires on him again—despite the fact that some think he’s too much of a drill sergeant for the league.Kelly’s most noteworthy dalliance with the NFL came in 2013 when he spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly wound up hiring Chip Kelly. Kelly’s name has also been linked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears in the past. When he was mentioned in conjunction with the Bears’ opening in 2018, Kelly said coaching in the NFL “doesn’t appeal” to him.Things could always change. For the time being, Kelly will look to prepare his 10th-ranked Fighting Irish for a home game against Bowling Green this Saturday.October is a challenging month for Notre Dame, with rivalry games against USC and Michigan in the coming weeks.last_img read more