ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live Thursday that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's talks with the Eagles went "pretty well," and indicated Kelly has genuine interest in the Philly job.
Everyone is assuming Kelly is "using" the Eagles to get more money from Notre Dame. Schefter cautions that's not necessarily the case. "I know there are people who believe ... that this is nothing more than a leverage play," Schefter said. "But the fact of the matter is he has a 12-1 record. He got Notre Dame back to where it wanted to go. And the people who are familiar with that situation believe he has all the leverage he needs anyway, with or without the Eagles. He's interested. He's gonna continue to talk to the Eagles ... and then he'll have to make a decision about whether or not he's ready to jump to the NFL." Meantime, the Eagles interviewed Lovie Smith for their head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.