Could Chip Kelly Be the Next Eagles Head Coach?
According to Pro Football Weekly, the following quote came from a NFL scout, coach or front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity:
(Listen to ESPN NFL insider KC Joyner talk about how Chip Kelly's offense would fit into the NFL)
“I’ve heard talk about (Eagles GM) Howie Roseman already meeting with (Oregon head coach) Chip Kelly. Obviously, there are no rules preventing a GM from talking to a college coach during a (school) visit. I think San Diego would be a better fit for Kelly, myself. The run-and-shoot (scheme) worked at first back in the 1990s, and the Lions drafted Andre Ware and were plucking players to run it. NFL staffs were pulling out all the stops to figure out how to stop it, and once they did, it fell hard and hasn’t worked since. If you want the blueprint for how to stop Kelly in the NFL, watch the Stanford game. I guarantee you NFL coaches are calling up (Stanford head coach David) Shaw and saying, ‘Send me that tape.’ With Oregon’s running game trickling to the NFL, (NFL coaches) need to snuff it out.”
I am not fully sure what I think about Kelly as the next Eagles coach. I like him, I like what he has done, but I guess the whole college-to-NFL thing bothers me somewhat. Steve Spurrier was one a dominate college football coach and failed miserably at the NFL level with his style of offense.
Now, Spurrier had a reputation for being pretty relaxed on his players and didn't work very hard himself, spending more time on the golf course then on the football field.
Other then Jimmy Johnson, what recent college football coach has come to the NFL and had success? I know your answer - Jim Harbaugh.
Keep in mind, Jim was an NFL quarterback, so he has that NFL respect right away. Plus if he had any NFL questions he could call his brother John to ask how certain things are done - not that I think he needed to do something like that.
While Kelly would be a breath of fresh air, but will his style of offense translate to the NFL game? I am definitely worried about that. Even if it does right away, how long before NFL defensive coordinators figure it out and Kelly becomes a one-year NFL wonder.
I will again put out my endorsement for 49ers offensive coordinator and Ventnor resident Greg Roman. Not because he is from the area, but because he knows his talent. He had Andrew Luck and threw the ball. He had Alex Smith and leaned on the run game. And now with Colin Kaepernick he is mixing it up nicely to utilize his talents.
So what head coach would you like to see on the Eagles sidelines next season?