It is that time of the year again when the coaching rumor mills start turning at full speed in college football and in the NFL. That means Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and UCLA head coach Jim Mora are once again being connected to various NFL coaching discussions, which has been the norm the past few years. Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is also in the NFL rumor boat.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported this morning, via Twitter, Kelly would be a name of significant interest for the New York Giants if a vacancy opens up. Tom Coughlin is currently still the head coach, but speculation is a change could be coming in New York at some point, and the Giants would be a good coaching job to take on for the right candidate. Kelly has long been seen as a coach with the right approach to the NFL and will surely have his name connected to a handful of NFL coaching rumors in the months to come.
Mora has previous NFL experience, which is commonly seen as a benefit for any coaching candidate in the NFL. Mora has been the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks. Mora was initially seen by many as a questionable hire at UCLA, but Mora has done well in holding his own on the job despite not leading the Bruins to a Pac-12 title. Mora was a name floating in the NFL coaching rumor pool last season along with Kelly, so neither should be a surprise to be connected to NFL talks now.
Texas A&M’s Sumlin has also been seen as a trendy coaching candidate with the right kind of swagger to take on an NFL gig should the right opportunity come along. Sumlin has done a solid job in helping Texas A&M build its program during the transition into the SEC. Sumlin helped pave a path to the NFL for Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel. Neither has panned out at the next level, but they got there thanks in part to Sumlin’s coaching.