Report: Kelly interviews with Eagles; Bears have interest?


Report: Kelly interviews with Eagles; Bears have interest?

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly met following the BCS Championship game, and that there is mutual interest between the two to fill the organization's vacant head coaching position. The news was first reported by Philadelphia Enquirer'sJeff McLane.
The Eagles, who fired head coach Andy Reid after 14 seasons, are set to interview Lovie Smith sometime this week.
Kelly has been the head coach at Notre Dame for three seasons, most recently helping the Irish to a No. 1 overall ranking and trip to the BCS Championship game, where they lost to Nick Saban and Alabama, 42-14. The Irish finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country with a 12-1 record.
CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora also said the Bears have interest in Kelly.

In addition to the Eagles, league sources say the Bears also have interest in Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ... Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2013
After Black Monday, when seven NFL head coaches were fired the day after the completion of the regular season, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly took his name out of the running after meeting with the Eagles and Browns. Saban also said he would not be leaving the Crimson Tide for the NFL.

For what it's worth, Kelly insisted he was happy at Notre Dame.

When I took the job at Notre Dame, I think I said it was a dream job," Kelly explained Saturday at media day before the National Championship. "But I never went around day to day anything about being the Notre Dame head coach, because the job that I had in hand was what I was thinking about. And I think that's the same thing with the NFL.

"I think from my perspective I've got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever. I just look at the place that I'm at and thankful for the opportunity that I have."

The Eagles aren't holding their breath, either.

Reuben Frank just told CSN Philly that the Eagles believe Brian Kelly will RETURN to Notre Dame following their interview Tuesday Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey) January 10, 2013

Bears' Jaylon Johnson gets second-best Madden rating of all rookie cornerbacks

Bears' Jaylon Johnson gets second-best Madden rating of all rookie cornerbacks

Madden Ratings are content now, which in this one very specific case is actually good news for Bears fans! 

Jaylon Johnson, the Utah cornerback that the team took in the 2nd round of this year's draft, comes in rated at 73, which sounds fine? Right?

The hype around Johnson – who's become a trendy CB2 pick already – only continues to grow, and the rookie, to his credit, isn't backing away from it: 

"I didn't think there were six conerbacks that should've been taken ahead of me," he said in an interview with Bears media. At the end of the day, that's just more fuel to my fire. Even if I was the first one taken, I still would have found something to motivate me in some way, shape, or form to keep me going. Just being, like you said, the 7th cornerback taken, it just makes me want to go to work even more."

Mike Ditka becomes owner of X League, a women's tackle football league

Mike Ditka becomes owner of X League, a women's tackle football league

Mike Ditka is now the owner and chairmen of 'X League' football, apparently. 

X-League is a women's tackle football league that was originally founded as the Lingerie Football League. In 2009 they rebranded to the Legends Football League, and 10 years after that decided to again rebrand, this time calling it X-League. Now Mike Ditka owns it. There's a video and everything, exclusively featuring footage and photos of his playing days (??): 

Ditka also provides a quote in the video, saying, "Now from an ownership and executive perspective, I want to provide women a high-profile platform to compete against the greatest female athletes in the world while creating a destination league for millions of girls to aspire to play in."

"It’s time to give women, and girls, the same opportunity to play the game that the men play,” he added.