When it comes to a coach matching his system with players on a roster, there is no better fit for Kelly in the NFL than the Philadelphia Eagles. Following the Eagles’ regular season finale, 14-year head coach Andy Reid was terminated on a ‘Black Monday’ flushed with coaching casualties.
The Eagles’ current offensive roster already has exactly what Kelly needs to thrive and dominate with his patented, fast-paced, no-huddle style of spread offense.
Speed. Lots and lots of speed.
On a unit stacked with flat-out burners, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is the centerpiece, showcasing incredible speed along with lightning fast acceleration.
And at the wide receiver position, the Eagles house two of the league’s fastest and most elusive wide receivers, in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
To top it off, Eagles QB Michael Vick is arguably the most mobile and electric NFL quarterback of all time. But with that said, it is very unlikely that Vick will still be on the Eagles’ roster in 2013, as he is expected to be released by the birds this winter.
Kelly has experienced monumental success with the Oregon Ducks over his four years as head coach, compiling an insane 45-7 record to date. Oregon (11-1) will play their final game of the 2012 season tonight in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State University (11-1) in what could possibly be Kelly’s curtain-call as the head coach of the Ducks.
While Kelly does seem to have great personal relationships with all of his players, he is still a no-nonsense kind of guy, forming the perfect combination for an NFL head coach.
The fiery, endlessly aggressive style of coaching and play-calling that Kelly shows is also an attribute that professional organizations are always looking for in a head coach.
There is a good chance that Kelly would prefer a much more mobile QB than Eagles’ projected future-starter Nick Foles to lead his speed-first spread system. And in my eyes, Foles is expendable and a coach of Kelly’s quality does not come around often.
So if you know what is good for you Eagles, draft or trade for a QB with wheels, and start drawing up a generous contract for your future head coach, Chip Kelly.
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