So Kelly finally made a decision, or rather went back on his first decision, and decided to take the job as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. Good or bad decision?
Yes, Coach Kelly is an awesome coach. Since joining the Oregon coaching staff in 2007 as the offensive coordinator, he has proven himself one of the greats of the college football coaching names. His spread offensive scheme broke records and fast tracked the Ducks into bowl games. After taking over as head coach in 2009m, and dishing an upset to USC, he has yet to be excluded from a bowl game. Finally, he took an underdeveloped quarterback like Dennis Dixon and made him a Heisman Trophy candidate. All of these achievements make him sound like an amazing coach, which he is. However going to the NFL, and especially the Eagles, is going to be his crowning failure when you read about the history of Coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly took himself from a secondary coach in 1990 to four time bowl coach in 2013. However he did this by out of the box thinking and coaching strategies. This type of coaching is great in college however I don’t think it will work in the NFL.
In college as a coach, you have young and eager minds waiting for something to stimulate them so they can really feel a part of something. You have young men who are willing to give literally every part of their being to the program because you and they both know this is probably their last shot. That is one of the main reasons why Kelly’s coaching style was so successful.
In the NFL as a coach, you get a bunch of Prima Donnas who only look out for themselves and have a tendency to argue with coaches. Players called “super stars” get big heads and egos to often to allow in a charismatic coach like Kelly. Yes, yes, yes…you could say that for any coach moving from the collegiate level to the NFL, however with Kelly it rings true. Can you really see Vick or Trent Edwards holding up bit 3’x5’ cards on the sidelines? I didn’t think so.
This is a bad decision for Coach Kelly. He is already making millions from his success at Oregon and has the respect and admiration of football fans all over the nation. He very well could have been the next Papa Joe. But with this unexpected turn, he may very well loose it all.
We hope the best of luck for you coach; you’re going to need it.