Coaching Buzz: Reid, O’Brien And Lovie Smith
Two days after reports surfaced that Reid was a virtual lock to be the next coach of the Arizona Cardinals, he spent nine hours (!) interviewing with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.
A league source tells Tim that Reid’s interview went well, but he still plans on meeting with the Cardinals and the Chargers. As always, nothing’s done until it’s done. And it sounds like Reid has plenty of leverage to negotiate a deal.
Meanwhile, the Eagles continue to be mentioned as a possible suitor for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien:
I’m hearing the #Eagles are in the process of trying to set up an interview with PSU HC Bill O’Brien over the next few days.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 3, 2013
As for other names, be sure to check our coaching tracker. Former Bears coach Lovie Smith is getting a look from the Bills. Ex-Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has drawn interest from the Bills and the Browns. And Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is getting a look from the Bears.
And finally, one deep sleeper that has been mentioned: Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.
Chip Kelly not the only Kelly generating NFL interest. ND coach Brian Kelly is rising on some NFL teams radar as well
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 3, 2013
Kelly is in his third season with the Fighting Irish and is looking for his first BCS title in the national championship game against Alabama. He spent three seasons at Cincinnati (2007-2009) and coached Central Michigan (2004-2006) before that. Kelly also coached Grand Valley State (Division II) for 13 years. He has no NFL experience, but was mentioned as a possibility by SI.com’s Peter King back in November.