If the NFL has its way, Chip Kelly won’t be the last high-profile departure from the collegiate ranks. And, not so surprisingly, Kelly may have a hand in at least one of the future departures.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Kelly, who officially left Oregon Wednesday for the Philadelphia Eagles, is interested in Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the same position with the NFL club. In fact, a CSNPhilly.com report from Wednesday evening hints that Grantham is the front-runner for the job.
It seems as if the reported interest on the part of the Eagles would be reciprocated as the Macon Telegraph‘s Seth Emerson writes that “[t]he thinking around the program, according to a source, is that Grantham would likely take the Eagles job if he were offered.”
Per the terms of Grantham’s contract, which runs through the end of the 2014 season, the coordinator must notify the athletic director of any potential employment opportunity; Greg McGarity told the Telegraph Thursday morning that Grantham has not notified him of such a development.
The Bulldogs, though, aren’t the only SEC East team that could be raided by the professional ranks. According to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, there is a “strong possibility” that Florida coordinator Dan Quinn will move to the Seattle Seahawks for the same job. The Seahawks’ coordinator, Gus Bradley, was officially named as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Schefter also mentions the Eagles and Cleveland Browns as possibilities for Quinn, who has spent the past two seasons orchestrating the Gators’ defense. He had previously served as a defensive line coach with the same NFL club.