Is Brian Kelly Just Using the Eagles?

Not much new news to report today in the Eagles’ coaching search. The big question has been whether Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly—who interviewed for the job Tuesday—is just using the Eagles to leverage a better paycheck in his current gig. Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag’s Birds 24/7 blog spins the matter toward the positive: “Kelly just led Notre Dame to the BCS title game. Wasn’t he already operating from a position of strength if all he wants is a better deal from the university? From the Eagles’ perspective, the interest in Kelly tells us a couple things. Number one, they don’t plan on leaving any stone unturned (this side of Jon Gruden, that is). And number two, this coaching search is completely wide-open. It appears Jeffrey Lurie had Chip Kelly and O’Brien at the top of his list. After them, the candidates are lumped together. And they come in all different shapes and sizes – from the college ranks (Brian Kelly) to NFL second-chancers (Lovie Smith) to up-and-coming coordinators (Gus Bradley). The search is going to be exhaustive and thorough.” [Birds 24/7]