Report: Brian Kelly a candidate for Giants job if Coughlin leaves

Could Brian Kelly wind up coaching the Giants someday?
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By Steve DelVecchio

At age 69, Tom Coughlin is the oldest head coach in the NFL. There are rumblings every season that Coughlin might decide to retire, and it remains a possibility that Coughlin could call it a career if the New York Giants miss the playoffs.

If that does happen, there is some belief that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly would be a candidate to replace Coughlin.

Coughlin probably isn’t going anywhere. He may be the only two-time Super Bowl champion coach that ends up on the hot seat in Week 8 every season, but it’s highly unlikely that the Giants will fire him — even if one of Coughlin’s former players thinks he needs to go.

Kelly would be an interesting candidate for an NFL head coaching position. He has a record of 51-21 in five-plus seasons as coach of the Irish. He took the team to the BCS National Championship Game in 2012 but lost to Alabama.

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