Coaching Buzz: Reid, Holmgren and Kelly

Many believe that Andy Reid would find San Diego appealing should he be a free agent at the end of the year, given his ties to Southern California. Jason LaCanfora’s sources are in agreement.

If the inconsistent Chargers part with general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner, and the Eagles part ways with Reid, many believe the longtime face of football in Philadelphia would have considerable interest in the possibility of relocation to San Diego. The Chargers have been near the top of their division for years and have a former Pro Bowl quarterback in his prime in Philip Rivers. Reid is a native of Southern California, has a gorgeous home on the beach in the San Diego area, and is known to love the area. Plus, as some close to him note, the media and fan climate in San Diego is vastly different from the cauldron he has worked in.

Reid’s mentor, Mike Holmgren, may be eyeing a return to the sidelines. The preferred destination is apparently Dallas.

Some sources who know Holmgren well believe Dallas is the one potential opening that would truly interest him, given the competitiveness of the roster, the skill players present, and his long relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Holmgren and Jones worked closely together for more than a decade on the NFL’s Competition Committee. If the perfect scenario does not arise, sources close to Holmgren expect him to retire.

In a separate post, LaCanfora reports that Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien will be pursued for head coaching vacancies this offseason.

Along with Jacksonville, Cleveland, Kansas City, Carolina, Dallas, San Diego, Philadelphia, Tennessee, Buffalo and Arizona are among the spots that prospective coaches and general managers are analyzing for potential firings, and there are only so many qualified candidates to go around. The quality of resume that both Kelly and O’Brien would bring to the table is seen as very attractive to NFL power brokers.


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