Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/13/13
The Philadelphia Eagles landed maybe the most sought after coaching candidate on the market this offseason in Chip Kelly. But it appears he wasn’t the only coach on their radar. Before landing Kelly as their head man, the Eagles apparently took a run at Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, offering him the job, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Smith, who is entering his second season at A&M, wouldn’t discuss the specifics of his NFL suitors, but he did confirm that he was offered an NFL job during the offseason. “I don’t have to say anything,” Sumlin said. “Everybody knows what I do (now). I’ve never coached in the NFL. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to do that, both as an assistant coach and even as a head coach.” Smith’s name has been tied into NFL circles for a few years now, and it would be no surprise if he eventually landed a job in the NFL. But after a successful first season with the Aggies, which included an 11-2 record and the NCAA’s first freshman Heisman trophy in Johnny Manziel, it’s no surprise he decided to go back. He does see the NFL in his future, though. “Maybe later — some time later,” Sumlin said. “But it won’t be anytime soon.” Smith’s name will probably be hot on the NFL circuit again next offseason, and, who knows, if he lands a job maybe he’ll take Manziel along with him. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here. Photo via Facebook/Kevin Sumlin
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