Chip Kelly In Philly? It Could Happen...Maybe
Posted 11/15/2012 4:40:00 PM

With Andy Reid’s days as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles seemingly winding down the speculation as to who will replace him on the sidelines has ramped up. There are lots of names being thrown around – from former assistants, current commentators to college coaches – but the one that seems to be gaining a lot of support from fans is Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

Kelly’s Oregon Ducks are currently ranked number one in the country and are on track to play for the BCS National Championship. The Ducks are 44-6 under Kelly and 32-2 in Pac-10/Pac-12 play. His explosive spread attack has taken college football by storm and there are some out there that think that Kelly might be able to bring aspects of it to the NFL.

Ralph Vacchiano penned an article for that speculated as to who will end up replacing Reid when all is said and done. Kelly’s name came up, of course:

Ask people around the NFL for the top college coaching prospect in the nation and they’ll probably mention Alabama’s Nick Saban. But since nobody expects him to leave the Crimson Tide, Oregon’s Kelly is next on the list. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly tried to hire him before they hired Greg Schiano, and a few other teams will come knocking on his door this offseason. His spread offense with the Ducks is not only exciting it’s proved to be a winner. He may not be able to run that exact same scheme in the NFL, but he might be able to adapt some components to help out a nimble quarterback such as … oh, maybe Michael Vick?

Other than the fact that Michael Vick almost assuredly not be the quarterback for the Eagles in 2013, the prospect of having a proven winner come in and put his stamp on the franchise. Still, in the past 15 years only six college coaches have come to the NFL and made the playoffs.

None of them have won a Super Bowl, let alone even make it there.

This is what the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles season has come down to: speculating as to how exactly every viable – and not so viable – candidate will fit with this franchise. 

Posted By: John Lamb  

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