Chip Kelly could become the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator (OC) starting next season, according to latest NFL rumors. The respected mentor already interviewed with the team but hired Dough Marrone as head coach.
According to Hays Carlyon of 1010XL, the Jaguars are attempting to hire Kelly as the OC and have interviewed him again on Monday. Other reports state that Nathaniel Hackett is also in the running for the OC position. Kelly was with the San Francisco 49ers as head coach last season while Hackett was with the Jaguars as OC.
Kelly wants to stay in the NFL, could land OC job with Jaguars
“Source: Chip Kelly is at EverBank Field today, presumably meeting about #Jaguars offensive coordinator position. No word on potential offer,” Carlyon, a Jaguars beat reporter, tweeted on Monday.
Source: Chip Kelly is at EverBank Field today, presumably meeting about #Jaguars offensive coordinator position. No word on potential offer.
— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) January 16, 2017
Kelly has not made any commitment for an interview with other open coaching positions in the NFL. It’s likely that he accepts the job in Jacksonville if offered the gig.
Kelly has lost his appeal as head coach after the 49ers struggled under him last season. At 2-14, San Francisco ended the year with the second worst record next only to the Cleveland Browns (1-15) under coach Kelly. The veteran mentor was with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013 to 2015. He had a 26-21 record in Philly and led the team to a single playoff appearance (2013).
There are rumors around the league that Kelly might go back to college football but his preference is to stay in the pro league.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) January 2, 2017
Jay Glazer reported after the 49ers fired Kelly that the veteran mentor’s intention is to stay coaching in football, even if he is demoted to the offensive coordinator position.
Kelly’s stint with the 49ers has been filled with controversy. He was at odds with general manager Trent Baalke, who reportedly wanted Kelly fired earlier in the season. Both Kelly and Baakle eventually were shown the door from San Francisco.
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