With Black Monday in our rearview mirrors, the, now former, Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach, Chip Kelly, received the proverbial axe earlier than most and was able to book his tee times ahead of Dan Campbell and Lovie Smith.
There is no denying that Chip Kelly can coach, but is it at the College or NFL level?
As an Oregon Duck, Chip never looked better. From 2009 to 2012, before being swayed away to the NFL, Chip Kelly was able to amass a record of 46-7 and snagged the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award in 2009 and 2010.
With his abrupt ending with the Philadelphia Eagle after 3 seasons and a 26-21 record, the Dover, New Hampshire native is at a crossroads in his career; should he search for another gig with an NFL team, or return to dominance at the college level?
In the NFL, the only opportunity that would allow Chip Kelly to return as a head coach would most likely be with the Tennessee Titans. While Josh McDaniels and Hue Jackson have already been linked to the enticing job, no one has more experience with franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota than Chippy.
If Kelly can put his pride aside and admit defeat, the opportunities are endless. The 52-year-old head coach could take an offensive coordinator job with a team like the New England Patriots, who are more than likely losing Josh McDaniels for a second time. Chip's knowledge and success on offense could entice many teams to take a chance and see if he is still committed to coaching.
If Kelly wants to swallow his pride even more, top college programs could be interested in acquiring the former Coach of the Year's services. A school that has surprisingly been floated around as of late is the University of Texas. While the Longhorns are only 2 seasons deep into the Charlie Strong tenure, a program like UT cannot be mediocre for an extended amount of time. Chip Kelly has the ability to go into a struggling program and completely flip it around.
By Pete Packowski