Community Tailgate: Chip Kelly’s Future

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While the timing of the Eagles’ dismissal of Chip Kelly was surprising, it gave the team the opportunity to get a head start on its search for a new head coach, and it gave Kelly a chance to begin looking for work. There’s no pressure for Kelly to get a new job immediately, since he’s still owed more than $12MM for the last two years on his contract with the Eagles. But it sounds like he’ll explore some options this winter.

As we saw a year ago, when coaches like Rex Ryan and John Fox immediately found new head coaching jobs after being let go by NFL teams, a fired head coach doesn’t necessarily have to wait long for a new opportunity. This may be particularly true of Kelly, since a team interested in his services could easily convince itself that as long as he has a talented quarterback to work with, and doesn’t get full control of personnel decisions, he could have more success than he did in Philadelphia.

So what’s next for Kelly? Given the presence of Marcus Mariota in Tennessee, the Titans have obviously been the most-cited possible destination for the former Oregon head coach, and Kelly reportedly has interest in that position. But the Dolphins, Browns, 49ers, and Colts have also been brought up as potential landing spots, and there may be even more teams in the market for a new head coach this winter.

Kelly has said he wants to remain in the NFL, rather than returning to college, but not everyone is confident that’s the case, according to Chris Mortensen of Plus, if all the NFL teams looking for a new head coach in the coming weeks decide to go in another direction, Kelly would have a decision to make — would he be willing to consider a role as a club’s offensive coordinator, or would he rather take a year off and reassess his options down the road?

What do you think? Is Kelly to Tennessee a foregone conclusion, or will the Titans opt for someone else? What do you expect Kelly’s next step to be? Weigh in below in the comments section with your thoughts!

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7 comments on “Community Tailgate: Chip Kelly’s Future

  1. rtr1redrockets

    If he goes to the titans wiyh mariota, who knows his system very well, it will b a very fun offense to watch! Imo he would still b the head coach in philly if he had traded up to get mariota in the draft last year! Also if he goes there he might have the first pick in the draft this year! Sounds to good to b true for kelly to pass up!

  2. Chip sucks. Lurie is a good owner, he made a mistake.

  3. Ron D

    No one is going to take a chance with Chip at the pro level without Chip showing he can change his ways.

  4. weekapaug09

    Let’s be honest, Chip was an egomaniacal flop in Philly AND never won it all in college. I’m kind of confused why he’s in such high demand. I’m not saying he isn’t a talented coach, just not someone everyone should clamoring over.

  5. drum18

    Go back to (a) school, Chip.

  6. Frankie00

    We dont want Chip in Tennessee. Fans will riot and are disgusted with the bad decisions this front office has made without bringing in Kelly.

  7. realfootballfan

    Chip Kelly will never succeed at the pro level. His system wears a defense down, which is unworkable with 53-man rosters once the attrition of a 16-game season sets in. Just look at the difference between the defensive numbers from the first part of the season to the weekly 35+ they were giving up to middling offensive teams by the end of the year. Even the Bills could never win with that high tempo stuff with Hall of Famers on offense and defense, and they weren’t running such a simple playbook.

    Also, NFL DCs figured out the limited plays he runs and have adjusted to it. The numbers are skewed when people talk about how his offense ranks when you take into account how it wears out a defense.

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