By Conrad Company
Chip Kelly, and his ‘revolutionary’ fast paced offense will need to find a new nest after the third year Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles was fired Tuesday afternoon. The highly controversial Kelly posted a solid 26-21 record over his tenure in Philadelphia, but couldn’t get the team over the .500 mark this season after trading away or releasing many of the franchises best players in recent years. It was reported in the weeks leading to the firing that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wanted to strip Kelly of player personnel decisions, but Kelly was cold to that idea leading to his inevitable firing. Luckily for Chip, he is now the hottest name on football’s coaching carousel, and could call one of these three locations home soon enough.
1) University of Texas
Yes, Chip said he doesn’t want to go back to the college ranks, and would prefer to stay in the NFL, but could you imagine his offense at Texas?! The largest hot bed of recruits in the country in his backyard, and he could literally revive a historically top tier program back to relevance after years of mediocracy. Not to mention he would be in the BIG 12 conference where you have to average 40 PPG just to sneak out a win, literally a conference built for Kelly’s high octane offense. He did remarkable things as the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire shattering all kinds of records, and we all know what his spread offense did for Oregon in his brief stint there as Head Coach, but with the talent in the state of Texas he could own the college football world. Not to mention Texas is the only University that has its own sports channel in Longhorn Network, making this job just that much more appealing to a coach like Chip Kelly.
2) Cleveland Browns
If Mike Pettine can get three years as the Browns Head Coach, can you imagine how many years Chip Kelly can get in Cleveland? Eagle fans hated that Kelly only wanted guys that fit his system AKA “culture beats schemes”, and most of the time the players that fit in his system like Demarco Murray, and Byron Maxwell, don’t technically result in wins. Crazy thing about this situation though, Kelly could be the fire extinguisher for the dumpster fire known as the current Cleveland Browns organization. The Browns also have a kid named Johnny Manziel at quarterback, and when Manziel played in a spread offense last he was known as one of the most polarizing players at the position since Fran Tarkenton. Brown’s fans deserve winning seasons, playoff appearances, and chances to compete for championships. I believe Kelly gives them the best chance for success if they allow him to finally build his system.
3) Tennessee Titans
If there was a perfect fit for Chip Kelly this would be with the Tennessee Titans. A beautiful reunion with his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota seemed like only a fairy tale months ago, but could easily become reality in the near future. Having a quarterback who is already light years ahead in such a complex system would be the biggest help in building Kelly’s system. The Titans also have the perfect pieces on offense to help Mariota grow in the system with a core of very talented young receivers like Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Justin Hunter. The Titans may also be willing to give Kelly control of player personnel decisions, which obviously is what he wants wherever he goes. The Titans seem to be the front runners to land the services of Chip Kelly, and with their pieces, could be a formidable team for AFC teams to face for years to come.