Report: Chip Kelly has ‘no interest’ in becoming Alabama OC

By Jesse Reed

Ever since Steve Sarkisian’s sudden departure from Alabama to join the Atlanta Falcons, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Chip Kelly potentially joining Nick Saban’s program as the new offensive coordinator.

According to one report, however, Kelly isn’t interested whatsoever in such an arrangement.

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, citing a source close to Kelly, says the former San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles head coach has “no interest” in becoming Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

“For now, Kelly is focused on being in the NFL again,” reports Cole, ” as either a head coach or offensive coordinator.”

If this is true, then it means Kelly is content waiting a year before getting another shot at coaching in the NFL. A brilliant offensive mind during his college days, Kelly has had mixed results in the NFL, though it remains true that his system is quarterback-friendly at both levels of competition.

For Alabama, it means that Saban’s task of finding a qualified candidate to replace Sarkisian, who replaced Lane Kiffin, will remain difficult given the fact that most qualified coaches already signed with teams this past month.