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Brian Kelly: Why give up full control at Notre Dame to go to the NFL without it?

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

A coach with the last name Kelly who came from the college ranks lost his job in Philadelphia this week because the Eagles tanked this season after giving him full control of both coaching and personnel decisions.

It’s a rare combination to find in the NFL and Chip Kelly’s performance isn’t likely to make other teams rush to change that any time soon. For another coach with the same last name in the college ranks, an unwillingness to hand over that power is apparently enough to take away interest in moving to the professional level.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s name has been mentioned as a possibility for coaching vacancies in the past, but he says he’s “not curious” about how he’d do in the NFL unless he’s the man in charge of every aspect of a team.

“How would you give up control of all the things you have at Notre Dame to do that, unless they gave you full autonomy and control of an organization?” Kelly said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t think that’s happening any time soon for Brian Kelly. I’m the owner, the GM, I’m the football coach. Very rarely do you have those scenarios in the NFL. … If you’re going to make that move to the NFL, you have to understand what you’re getting into.”

If the lack of total control is a deal breaker for Kelly, he’ll remain in college unless the owner of a team is convinced that Kelly and only Kelly can fix their franchise. That may not be impossible, but his namesake’s experience in Philly doesn’t make it seem like a good bet.

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36 Responses to “Brian Kelly: Why give up full control at Notre Dame to go to the NFL without it?”
  1. bassplucker says: Dec 31, 2015 2:58 PM

    He sounds like a real douche for saying that but he’s 100% right. And if the other Kelly had realized that, the Eagles would be a lot better off right now.

  2. stampnhawk says: Dec 31, 2015 3:03 PM

    That sound you hear are the crickets from NFL team offices when asked if they’ve ever considered Brian Kelly as a NFL head coach.

    The mention is simply blatant cross promotion on this site, nothing more.

  3. floratiotime says: Dec 31, 2015 3:09 PM

    Because you’ve never done anything resembling the GM job. You’re a coach. Totally different skill set. Ask Chip Kelly.

  4. spiffybiff says: Dec 31, 2015 3:09 PM

    Leaves for Giants in 1 week…..

  5. milkcan44 says: Dec 31, 2015 3:11 PM

    OK – so he dismissed the ND President, the Athletic Director and a few other reverends in the Athletic Dept. above him – but he neglected to mention God also – now that’s naughty (and arrogant).

  6. touchdownelvis says: Dec 31, 2015 3:13 PM

    Touchdownelvis would never hire a coach who refers to himself in the third person.

  7. thraiderskin says: Dec 31, 2015 3:20 PM

    What a dumbass comment, and that’s the same arrogance that made chip such a winner.

  8. 6ball says: Dec 31, 2015 3:24 PM

    .
    Often times when coaches talk about ” control” , it’s not so much about who they can bring aboard via the draft or free agency. It’s about getting rid of the players they want to get rid of.

    That’s one of the reasons behind the Patriots success. Belichick answers to no one when it comes to the roster. The only players on the team are those he personally drafted or signed as free agents.
    .

  9. dapollock69 says: Dec 31, 2015 3:25 PM

    I think his resume listed him as a coach for the Eagles, Texans and Dolphins simealtaneously.

  10. sdelmonte says: Dec 31, 2015 3:29 PM

    Complete control. How complete? The president of the university, in essence the owner of the team, keeps his mouth shut.

    Then again, NFL coaches have two bosses at most, the owner and the GM/president. Most college coaches have as many bosses as there are boosters.

  11. tjacks7 says: Dec 31, 2015 3:31 PM

    Jelly is in over his head at Notre Dame, he would have no chance in the NFL. He’s just lucky that extremely talented players go to Notre Dame because of the legacy. He’s a mediocre coach at best.

  12. richmondbolt says: Dec 31, 2015 3:32 PM

    I’m sure his red faced sideline freakouts would go over real well with professional players.

  13. titansfan12 says: Dec 31, 2015 3:33 PM

    Lol Brian Kelly. Just go lose to Ohio State and end your season

  14. railcarcowboy says: Dec 31, 2015 3:36 PM

    Why does everyone want total control? It doesn’t work!

  15. badskidmarks says: Dec 31, 2015 3:36 PM

    “I don’t think that’s happening any time soon for Brian Kelly. I’m the owner, the GM, I’m the football coach. Very rarely do you have those scenarios in the NFL. … If you’re going to make that move to the NFL, you have to understand what you’re getting into.”

    Would any team really want to hire a coach who speaks of himself in the third person?

  16. dolphansanity says: Dec 31, 2015 3:47 PM

    Me, me, me, me, i want, i want, i want, i want, I’m so great, look at me, me, me, me, i get all the credit, nobody can do it like me, me, me, me.

  17. mr1drful says: Dec 31, 2015 3:50 PM

    Everybody tries to model themselves after the Patriots and none have pulled it off. Bill delegates everything to his assistants during the game. He may game plan, but he’s not hands on anymore. The Patriots have the best position coaches in football. It doesn’t matter who they draft, who they sign, they teach. That’s the real model, the position coaches.

  18. rcampore says: Dec 31, 2015 3:52 PM

    I saw some of my fellow Giants fans naming this guy as a coach they would want. I don’t really follow college football, but if this is what this guy wants, then the Giants need to stay as far away from this idiot as they possibly can.

    No coach coming from college should assume that they are so amazing that they are able to get full control of an organization. You earn that capability and an extreme few are actually successful at it.

  19. kev86 says: Dec 31, 2015 4:18 PM

    He’s the owner of ND football? Impressive. I would not leave either.

  20. ctiggs says: Dec 31, 2015 4:23 PM

    this guys ego is even bigger than chips, he also has zero integrity. He left the University of Cincinnati while they had a great chance at going to the national title game.

  21. boycord says: Dec 31, 2015 4:27 PM

    Probably because one is the minor leagues and the other is the height of the profession.

  22. istateyourname says: Dec 31, 2015 4:29 PM

    I don’t like that guy.

  23. myhawks1976 says: Dec 31, 2015 4:33 PM

    I actually agree with him. The key is the ability to delegate once you are in that role. I know most think it doesn’t work, because it’s never TRULY the case. Chip was supposedly in “full control” but Murray undermined that with one meeting with the owner at 35,000 feet.

    Very simple management technique, is loyalty. Both times my fathers organization has taken over other companies, he has immediately fired every member of the previous company, and extended them an invitation for first interview for their old positions if they are kept.

    How often do you hear about personnel issues in New England? Rare. Why? Because every person in that locker room knows that the second they walk in that door, BB is the be all end all of that organization. Get in line with the “Patriot Way” or be looking for a new job.

    My Seahawks did much the same. They hired Carroll first, and then he sat in with Paul Allen on the interview of John Schneider. Signed off on the hiring.

    It may seem backwards, but I think the coach should hire the GM. The coach SHOULD be the end of the line for players. Who are the most successful coaches in college and pros? Bellichick, Saban, Meyer, Carroll…. they are all the ones that have final say. There is no offday meetings with “higher ups” There is no “bad blood” between coach and GM. There is no player thinking they don’t have to follow the coach cause the GM doesn’t like the coach and he’ll be gone soon anyways.

    Having the coach be the end all is great. But teaching them how to delegate, and use the people around them correctly is key.

  24. hollymolley says: Dec 31, 2015 5:40 PM

    Collage football life isn’t all that bad. Several coaches made a life out of it. Jo-Pa at Penn State was one of those who did, but He gave back to the university, don’t know if B Kelly could ” give back “

  25. militantgod says: Dec 31, 2015 5:40 PM

    @stampnhawk “That sound you hear are the crickets from NFL team offices when asked if they’ve ever considered Brian Kelly as a NFL head coach.

    The mention is simply blatant cross promotion on this site, nothing more.”

    Brian Kelly interviewed for the Eagles head coaching job in 2013, so nice try!

  26. charliecharger says: Dec 31, 2015 5:56 PM

    Kelly is 100% right. When you have a half decent team at Notre Dame, it’s easy to recruit and stay near the top. But just when Kelly starts to think about life as an NFL coach, a picture of Jed York and Trent Baalke pops into his head. No thank you!

  27. senatorblutarsky says: Dec 31, 2015 6:24 PM

    hollymolley says:
    Dec 31, 2015 5:40 PM

    Collage football life isn’t all that bad. Several coaches made a life out of it. Jo-Pa at Penn State was one of those who did, but He gave back to the university, don’t know if B Kelly could ” give back “
    ______________

    I take it that you’re not a “collage” graduate.

  28. irishdodger says: Dec 31, 2015 6:31 PM

    Aw Spiffy…we can always count on u to troll anything ND related. U know they make pills for that don’t u? Bless your heart.

  29. fubarry says: Dec 31, 2015 7:19 PM

    Because you’re playing with children not men.

  30. igornathanhiggers says: Dec 31, 2015 8:12 PM

    You go to the NFL to prove you’re the best of the best. Most people in any sports profession strive to be the best and have a certain pride about that…

    Some are in it for the money…like Brian.

  31. ed2head says: Dec 31, 2015 9:21 PM

    Show me the money.

  32. immafubared says: Dec 31, 2015 9:22 PM

    On one hand he is saying he must be the ultimate boss, on the other he is saying in the pros he can’t pick and choose his players. What he is not admitting to is at ND,they are top five in recruiting the best players. Ain’t gonna get that ability in the pros, in charge or not.
    He can sit back and have the best players in the country beating a path to your door. Who would leave that.

  33. shogunassasin30 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:26 PM

    I fail to see how he is a douche for saying that. Because he doesn’t bow down to the NFL? Breaking news, coaches like control. Some more than others, but he has all of it at Notre Dame and gets paid about as much and with more job security. I like the arrogance of a person that gives zero f’s and throws up a finger to the shield

  34. teal379 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:38 PM

    He’s in control in the sense that he recruits whom he wants, he offers scholarships to whom he wants, he runs the team, he decides who plays.

    Not the AD or University president. The NFL flip of this is the GM (AD) or owner (president) telling a coach whom to play like that stooge in Indy is doing.

    You simply can NOT state with a straight face that what Kelly does at ND isn’t better than having to deal with an Irsay or Jones in the NFL.

  35. burgandy2260 says: Jan 1, 2016 12:06 AM

    spiffybiff
    Dec 31, 2015, 14:09 PM CST
    Leaves for Giants in 1 week…..
    ——————————————-
    Finally someone who gets it. I’ve been saying that for over a month. He’s bound for NYG and he won’t have the control he’s talking about but he will be the HC!

  36. irishgary says: Jan 1, 2016 8:32 AM

    @ctiggs

    Do you know what Google is?

    Get your facts right. There was no shot for Cincinnati and a national championship.

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