UPDATE: 6:45 PM
There are now reports that the Cleveland Browns had an interview earlier this week with Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien. Jason LaCanfora reported last night that he believes the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator will leave Penn State for an NFL job and that it will likely be with the Browns or Philadelphia Eagles.
UPDATE: 10:36 AM
The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of hiring former Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid as the franchise’s next head coach. They have the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and Reid is expected to take over complete control of football operations.
Reid skipped his trip to visit the Arizona Cardinals last night, so it would appear a deal is close, and could be announced as early as today. Jason LaCanfora reports if Reid does end up taking that job, current Chiefs GM Scott Pioli will be fired.
Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly is as hot as any NFL head-coaching candidate there is right now, and despite not having an ounce of prior coaching experience in the NFL, Kelly has at least three interviews lined up. He will reportedly interview with the Cleveland Browns following the teams’ Fiesta Bowl game vs. the Kansas State Wildcats. OTher reports have him scheduled to interview with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills over the weekend. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting Kelly will not insist on total control of football operations in interviews with NFL teams.
He won’t be the only college coach named Kelly to draw interest from NFL teams, as Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly is beginning to draw interest though it’s unclear as to how much and even if he’s willing to leave the Irish.
The Chicago Bears interviewed New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. for the team’s head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday night.
There are reports of at least two NFL teams having interest in hiring Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett.
Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew hopes to renegotiate or extend QB Matthew Stafford’s contract this offseason.