Is Chip Kelly Running Out of Time In Philly?
Is the end near for Chip Kelly in Philadelphia?
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, following the Eagles second straight blowout loss, this time in Detroit, Kelly was reportedly "despondent" after the loss against the Lions and "understands that his back is against the wall," realizing that his days in Philadelphia might be numbered.
Rapoport reports USC "still maintains interest" in Chip Kelly and will likely "touch base" with him after the season and adds not to "rule out" the Titans if he and the Eagles part ways.
"Do not discount the Tennessee Titans," Rapoport said. "Especially if Kelly did not want personnel control, which of course would seem to be a huge ask considering what happened in Philly this year."
Speaking on NFL GameDay on the NFL Network, Rapoport said:
"My understanding is that after the ugly loss to the Lions in front of the entire country, Chip Kelly was despondent, frustrated and feeling the heat for the first time, aware it seems that his job status may actually be in doubt after grabbing all the power this past offseason. That said, he seems intent on fixing this issue, understands that his back is against the wall and is looking at making some possible changes with a little mini break after the Thanksgiving day game.
"But at the end of the season he is gonna face a decision," Rapoport continued. "It seems it is a little bit of a longshot for it to come from another NFL team, but USC still maintains interest in Chip Kelly. It seems like they will at least touch base with him after the season. He is gonna have to make a call on what his future holds after this season with the Eagles ends."
While Kelly's departure from Philadelphia is not a foregone conclusion, it is clear that his shortcomings as a GM could be his ultimate demise.
So where will Chip Kelly be in 2016? USC? Tennessee? Philadelphia? Or some other college campus?