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Report: Patriots met with Chip Kelly

New England could be an employment option for jobless offensive mastermind.

Chip Kelly has extensive roots in New England, including a strong relationship with Bill Belichick.

According to ESPN, the former Oregon, Eagles and 49ers head coach, might also find a job in New England.

ESPN reports that after he interviewed recently for the Jaguars opening at offensive coordinator – a job that ended up going to incumbent Nathaniel Hackett – Kelly “was headed to New England to meet with Belichick.”

ESPN indicates that Kelly, who remains unemployed at this point since he was let go after just one season in San Francisco, might find a "logical landing spot" with the Patriots.

Some had posed the possibility that Kelly might be a candidate to replace Josh McDaniels had the Patriots offensive coordinator taken a head coaching job this winter. But McDaniels removed his name from consideration for the 49ers job earlier this week and appears poised to remain in Foxborough for at least another season.

The ESPN report did not indicate what type of role Kelly might have with the Patriots with McDaniels remaining in his coordinator role.

Kelly grew up in New Hampshire and coached at the University of New Hampshire, laying the foundation for his soon-to-be-famous up-tempo offense before he took it to the next level at Oregon.

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