A Taste Of Chip Kelly

One name you’re going to hear mentioned quite a bit when the topic of NFL job openings is discussed in the coming months is Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

Kelly turned down a chance to coach the Bucs last offseason. But as we’ve documented in our special Coaching Buzz section, reports indicate that teams are going to go after him hard this time around, and odds seem pretty good that Kelly will make the leap.

As conversation around Philadelphia continues to center around who’s going to replace Andy Reid, it seems appropriate to bring you information on potential candidates from time to time.

So when we saw this clip from Kelly’s press conference earlier today, we thought we’d share it with you.

Most who have read about Kelly know he doesn’t care about time of possession. As Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe wrote recently, “It’s all about total numbers of plays to Kelly. What he’s really looking for is yards and points per minute.”

Bedard’s story details Kelly’s one-word no huddle. You know the Eagles’ slow-moving hurry-up offense? Oregon’s is the opposite. And as Bedard writes, Kelly’s philosophy has made its way to the NFL, and specifically the Patriots. Bill Belichick has picked Kelly’s brain on multiple occasions over the past couple of years.

Oregon currently ranks first in the nation, averaging 54.8 points per game. Tim Livingston of ThePostGame.com recently wrote about how Kelly could spark a “Moneyball Revolution” in the NFL.

We’ll be writing more about Kelly in the coming months, but what do you think? Is this someone you could see as the next head coach of the Eagles?

(Hat tip to The Big Lead for the clip).

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  • ohitsdom

    Yes. A thousand times, yes. He’s the only candidate that I’m remotely interested in right now. I think Gruden is greatly overrated. Kelly would bring energy and a new offense that’s rarely been seen in the NFL. Even the way he runs his practices sounds exciting.

    • The Guru

      The reason it’s rarely seen is because it doesn’t work in the NFL. The whole offense is a gimmick. Chip Kelly would be the worst hire out of any candidate.

      • ohitsdom

        Did you read the Boston Globe article? The Patriots have adopted elements of their offense. I’m not saying it’s plug and play, but it’d be something defenses aren’t used to. Just look at how much trouble defenses have now versus a no huddle and imagine that interspersed throughout a game.

        • The Guru

          How well is it working in Carolina? Or Washington? If you have Tom Brady, you can run pretty much any offense you want.

          • ohitsdom

            I’m not talking about the wildcat gimmicks, I’m talking about the up tempo, no huddle offense.

          • The Guru

            Still a gimmick…..that crap doesn’t work in the NFL and he’d get exposed. I’d much rather have a NFL assistant or Gruden

  • FMWarner

    I think Kelly’s ideas are intriguing, but I have two concerns with him. First, the track record of college coaches making the jump who lack previous NFL experience is very poor. Second, it seems to me that Kelly’s schemes take advantage of the fact that in the college game you can recruit players whose speed is significantly better than the average player. I don’t believe the same degree of disparity between “slow” and “fast” players exists in the NFL, where everyone is pretty good.

    • poetx99

      exactly. (re: “I don’t believe the same degree of disparity between “slow” and “fast” players exists in the NFL…”) <– that was spurrier's downfall.

      however, i do think that there is room for some college schemes to be used in the nfl, and the right coach could pretty much have a shock and awe effect if he's able to land in the right situation and catch everyone off guard with his x's and o's.

      problem is, this is a 3-5 year gamble.

      a dismal team could do this. they already suck. (plus they'll have a few years worth of high draft picks). as a coach, i would want to go to someplace where they have talent, but it has been significantly undercoached. (helloooooo, eagles!!!!)

      if i were lurie, however, i don't know how open to that level of risk.

      the other issue is that philly is now broken in all three phases (offense, defense and STs). the philosophy of a quick strike, big play offense with an aggressive, attacking defense sounded great on paper. but when your offense doesn't put big points on the board and your defense gets ground into the dirt, not so much.

      it's gonna come down to the sales pitch for whomever says they can maximize the young core of talent that the eagles currently have.

      • FMWarner

        I think once the OL is back to some semblance of its true self next year (assuming Peters’ injury isn’t permanently damaging), the “quick strike” offense will look a lot better. Despite the concerns I expressed above, I think the offensive talent here is as suited to Kelly’s schemes as anywhere in the NFL. Especially McCoy – because Kelly’s offense is labeled “quick strike”, it’s easy to forget that Oregon runs a LOT. However, you are correct to point out that it’s a bigger risk to hire Kelly than it is to hire a more traditional coach, and making a mistake on a head coach is a 3-year mistake.

    • More precise is the coaches with no former NFL experience have been poor. Those that were former assistants in NFL or played in NFL have been pretty successful. My concern is Chip has only existed in college ranks, but seeing what he would do the game itself, I would be very open to something different that could possibly change the way the Eagles play totally. Only concern i have with anyone who comes to Philly is we’re a very demanding place to play and for good reason. It takes a special kind of coach to handle us and the media, would he be able to handle us? My answer I think is yes, he seems like a tough Irish kid

    • southy

      this is why you have to interview the man. if he comes into the room thinking he’s going to take the nfl by storm with his system, forget about it. if he’s willing to develop a new scheme to adjust to the pro game, while adding in some of the elements of his system that he thinks translate well, then there’s more reason to be optimistic.

      personally i like the idea of bringing in someone with “new” ideas (time of possession and “ball control” always seemed like strange ideas to me), so long as they understand they’re not in college anymore and are willing to adjust to a more “mature” gameplan.

  • whattheDEUCE22

    I just want to know what kinds of pictures Chip Kelly would put on his big poster board if he coached for the Eagles…http://www.nwsportsbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Oregon-Play-Calling-Placards-1.jpg

    • BlindChow

      The University of Cincinnati does the same thing with their offense. They’ve got a picture of Jason Kelce on one!

  • He is in my top 4 with David Shaw(Stanford) Mike McCoy(OC in Denver) and Mike Zimmer (DC in Cincy. Kelly is more of a all out football coach than some rah rah go from college. Tough coach too. No way Philly gets away with being soft if he is in charge. Oh and he likes to run the ball!

    • Myke Lowery

      nice list. mine is the same with Kelly being the fourth.

  • jamie

    John Gruden comes to mind as a possible candidate along side Chip Kelly. While Chip Kelly is doing great in college his schemes worry me a bit in the NFL, but you never know. He could come in and do great in his first year, it is all unknown until he is given a chance.

    • FMWarner

      I would sooner pick a coach out of a hat than hire Jon Gruden. He won a Super Bowl with Dungy’s players, and then had a mostly forgettable run with the Bucs and Raiders where he showed a consistent inability to develop a QB despite trotting scads of them through his roster. I don’t know what the mystical hold he has on Philly fans is. I like some of the names mentioned here, especially Mike Zimmer. With the obvious caveat that none of us really knows much about these guys, I’m also intrigued by Perry Fewell and Ray Horton.

      • Septhinox

        I’m not af an of Gruden either. However, hen people say he won with Dungy’s players (he did), will they same the same with the next Eagles coach? He sucked because he won with Reid’s players? Reid had most of his success with Rhodes defensive players. Do we care? We just want to win.

        And no Gruden. lol

        • BlindChow

          Exactly what I was thinking re: Reid’s players. I think that’s what makes the Eagles the best option for an in-demand coach: the existing players have shown the ability to play at an elite level (despite not doing so consistently the last couple years…).

          This won’t be like this year’s Colts, where a majority of the talent will be coming from the draft. I think hiring someone who’s had success taking over a talented team makes a lot of sense.

        • FMWarner

          I get your point, and I agree to an extent. I don’t care how or why the team wins, as long as it wins. But I think it’s a mistake to compare the Bucs that Gruden took over with the Eagles the new guy will take over. The Bucs were a perennial playoff team loaded with talent that just couldn’t get over the hump. The Eagles have one playoff appearance in the last four years, and they were one and done. This isn’t the “team on the brink” we all thought it was.

  • Guest

    A breath of fresh air would be a welcome addition to Philadelphia football.. Whether it Kelly or somebody else.

  • Beavis

    A. I’m dubious of anyone making the immediate jump from college to the pros. As Sheil and Tim have previously pointed out, many of the coaches who have been successful (Harbaugh, Schiano) had previous NFL experience. Others have been a disaster. Just look at Steve Spurrier. He was an offensive genius at Florida and many thought he would revolutionize the NFL. How’d that work out?

    B. Chip Kelly and Jon Gruden seem to get all the ink, but what about well-established former NFL coaches or current coordinators? Is Tony Dungy officially done? What about bringing in a Bruce Arians? Cam Cameron? Jay Gruden? MIke McCoy? Gus Kelly?

    • bentheimmigrant

      Cam Cameron???????????

  • most college coaches have a problem relating to NFL Players.

  • defroe81

    lol jay gruden all day forget jon

  • nope.