Perhaps Kelly will resurface in the NFL at some point.
He is friendly with Bill Belichick and there was speculation he might have been a candidate to replace Josh McDaniels as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator if McDaniels had moved on to a head coaching role.
But, then again, the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly interviewed Kelly before promoting Doug Marrone to be their full-time head coach, removing his interim tag, and they didn’t hire Kelly as their head coach or even as Marrone’s offensive coordinator. There was speculation about the Atlanta Falcons possibly hiring Kelly as their offensive coordinator upon Kyle Shanahan’s post-Super-Bowl departure to be Kelly’s successor with the 49ers. But the Falcons went with Steve Sarkisian.
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The league’s game operations manual, sent by the league to teams, requires that players be on the sideline for the anthem and says they should stand for it. It leaves open the possibility of league-imposed discipline for a failure to be on the sideline for the anthem. There is no violation and no potential discipline mentioned for a failure to stand for the anthem.
Minnesota’s second killer gaffe came with the Vikings down 14-7 late in the second quarter and driving. Eleven plays into a six-plus-minute march, Keenum turned the ball over on a vicious strip-sack by rookie pass-rusher Derek Barnett to set up Philly’s second touchdown. Fourteen Eagles points off two turnovers amounted to total disaster for a Vikings team that never recovered.
Motoring a Philly ground game that piled up 110 yards at 3.7 yards per rush, LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi authored a handful of key gallops, highlighted by Blount ripping through Minnesota’s front-seven for an 11-yard touchdown that put Philly up 14-7. Blount’s 10 rushing touchdowns in the playoffs since 2013 are four more than any other player and more than Eric Dickerson (4), Walter Payton (2), Jim Brown (1), and Barry Sanders (1) put up in the postseason combined.