Chip Kelly has been receiving a lot of the attention from the NFL as of late, but Brian Kelly also appears to be a guy NFL franchises want as well. According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports (h/t Pro Football Talk), the Notre Dame head coach is drawing interest from teams at the next level.
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
Can we please stop the nonsense already?
It seems like any coach that has had an ounce of success at the college level is automatically a top candidate to roam the sidelines in a NFL stadium. It is not going to happen and should be something Kelly shouldn't have to address before the national championship matchup against Alabama.
The reason not to leave is real simple, and it is the fact that Kelly has it absolutely made in South Bend. While the first couple of years didn't go as planned, this season removed all doubt that Kelly can return the Irish to national contender status. Notre Dame is as relevant as it has ever been, and the credit should start with the head coach.
Due to this year's overwhelming success, the recruiting is now elite status and could be taken to new heights if Notre Dame can find a way to knock off the Crimson Tide. Regardless of the game's outcome, Kelly is becoming a legend on campus and will continue to climb up the totem pole of top college head coaches.
Kelly turned Notre Dame's program around. Why should he leave when things are just getting started?
Kelly seems to be committed to Notre Dame and the school is obviously committed to him, considering it gave him a contract extension back in 2011. With the Irish now in the national championship, only time will tell what that is going to do for his pocketbook.
Usually an NFL opportunity sounds great for a college coach, but Kelly's school can be compared to an NFL franchise. Notre Dame has its own television contract and is watched by millions of eyeballs each and every week. Everything is magnified by a thousand, and the pressure to succeed is tougher than anywhere else in the country.
Kelly staying with Notre Dame isn't a matter of whether or not he could succeed in the NFL. The way he controls his team and deals individually with each of his players is the sign of a great leader. He was able to coach under heavy scrutiny and prevailed under difficult circumstances.
The chances of him succeeding at the next level are good due to his leadership and ability to get his players to buy into what he is selling.
But leaving Notre Dame just doesn't make sense. Sure, the season has been terrific, but storybook seasons can continue for a very long time. Why walk away?
A Kelly will likely become a new head coach for an NFL team, but it will not be the one calling the shots for Notre Dame.