After he was fired from the his second head coaching job in as many years, the brilliant offensive mind was snubbed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and now may be headed to the New England Patriots, per ESPN.
According to the report, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was urged by Tom Coughlin to seek out Kelly, but he didn’t feel like it was a good fit in the end. The report notes Kelly headed to New England to meet with Bill Belichick once the Jaguars passed up on him.
Plenty has happened since the Jaguars made their decision, including offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels opting to stay in Foxborough instead of shifting to the Bay Area with the San Francisco 49ers. This doesn’t necessarily rule out Kelly to the Patriots, but it could make things interesting if Belichick decides to go the co-offensive coordinator route, or possibly just make him an assistant a la Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin.
Kelly has racked up a 28-35 record in four years in the NFL. He’s been to the playoffs once (2013) with the Eagles and single-handedly dismantled what was a playoff roster in Philly.
Kelly has coached since 1990, but had his most success at Oregon, where he was the offensive coordinator from 2007-08 before taking the head coaching position from 2009-2012.