Coaching Notes: USC, Payton, Fisher, Fins

It wasn’t an NFL coaching job, but the USC head coaching position was expected to have an impact on the NFL, since a number of the school’s potential candidates were current coaches or coordinators around the league. However, the Trojans announced today (via Twitter) that interim coach Clay Helton will become the team’s permanent head coach going forward, meaning that Chip Kelly and other coaches around the NFL can be crossed off the list.

It sounds like USC did reach out to Kelly to gauge his interest before deciding to move forward with Helton though. According to (Twitter link), USC officials met with Kelly last week, but the Eagles head coach prefers to remain in the NFL. Similarly, USC checked in on Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, who told the Trojans he’s not leaving Oakland, tweets Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.

Here are a few more coaching-related items from around the league:

  • Jason La Canfora of believes that the Saints should “go ahead and start sniffing around” for teams that may be interested in giving up a draft pick or two for head coach Sean Payton, since this winter looks like a good time for an overhaul. La Canfora identifies the Browns, Colts, Dolphins, and Titans as teams that might have interest in Payton, and suggests that the draft pick return could be “substantial.”
  • Having lost four games in a row, Jeff Fisher‘s Rams are in a downward spiral, and Nick Wagoner of believes it’s time for the team to make coaching change at season’s end.
  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald (Twitter link) hears that the decision to fire offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was made by Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell, who had “shown signs of displeasure” with the offense during the club’s last few games.
  • The Giants could have taken a commanding lead in the weak NFC East division with a win over Washington on Sunday, but the fact that the team couldn’t get it done puts head coach Tom Coughlin on the hot seat, writes Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
  • Several weeks ago, with his team scuffling along at 2-5, head coach Bill O’Brien didn’t exactly look safe in Houston. Four wins later though, Texans owner Bob McNair is giving O’Brien credit for the team’s success, telling Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, “I think he’s doing a fine job.”
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7 comments on “Coaching Notes: USC, Payton, Fisher, Fins

  1. TJECK109

    Not sure why a team would give up a substantial amount of value for Payton. He’s the head coach…. His defense was horrible for the past 2 years and he wasted time before he pulled the trigger to fire Ryan. Any team that desperately needs Payton also needs its draft picks.

  2. Teams can just wait it out until Payton gets fired.

  3. Chrish815

    There we go usc sign Helton to be there coach. I’m little surprise they didn’t go after munchuk he alum of usc and he has been head coach in nfl and was all pro off line would have made some since. And when it come to kelly want to stay with Eagles he mite not have a choice . Of the job remaining open there one job make most since the U . Kelly and Miami are gold . Miami go get the man give him what he wants . He would be what doc ordered . And when it come to Payton depend what happen in Dallas . If cowboy don’t find away turn this around I think jerry need to get rid of Garrett . One winning season in 5 years is enough time figure out he not the man put these team where they need to be . It time cowboy show the world why they are # 1 origination in sports . If that happen Payton to Cowboys would make a lot of since . But we will see season not over heck the Cowboys play there ugly step child 2 out next 5 weeks in Redskins they owe packers for last season jet and bills are touch but there not world betters so will see go cowboys Jerry go get Bret Favre think of the story Favre come out of retirement lead cowboys with wins over 2 of ex teams packers and jets and his ex coach Rex and if he can lead cowboys to win a Super Bowl. Hollywood couldn’t write that story . And before anyone go off on this . Yes he 46 and it has been 5 years since he played ,but since it he hasn’t played in 5 years his body is healthy 2nd he would be playing withy best off line , best wr I. Dez. One best TE in Witten one best slot wr in Beasley and McFadden has shown flashes what made him 5 pick and def that playing better . The best pass rush end in nfl in hardy( I don’t agree with what he accused of doing to his ex or way he treated his team mate) one best linebacker in lee and McClain jones has shown what made him 1 round pick . I still think Gregory is going to show something before this season . So if Favre did come back I. Play with cowboys for rat of the season it would get very interesting. Ex special with fact Giants and Redskins not going run away with this and train reck that is Eagles . Get popcorn ready if J.J goes get Bret Favre . Go get him Jerry .

    • TJECK109

      If you are referring to Mike Munchak he went to PSU not USC. I believe Jeff Fisher went to USC and is a former Titans HC like Munchak. Munchak has worked wonders with the OL here in Pittsburgh. Have had a ton of injuries and using a former D-lineman who served in the military at LT now.

  4. Rory Parks

    USC was arguably the most desirable head coaching job available, so the fact that Kelly turned it down suggests that maybe he really is going to stay in Philly for 2016. Despite all the talk concerning Kelly’s potential departure, the consensus has seemed to be that he would stick around for at least one more year and that Lurie would give him that chance. Now there is some added support for that belief.

  5. DannyQ3913

    Kelly never met with USC

  6. Dallas Robinson

    Getting Jack Del Rio was a pipe dream for USC. There’s no way he’d leave Oakland when the team is on the upswing, and most importantly, seems to have found its franchise QB.

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