The odds are pretty good that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will coach his last game in the Fiesta Bowl for the Ducks in January.
It will be a sad day for the program and for college football to see him leave, but life will move on for everybody.
All good things must eventually come to an end and the end is quickly nearing for Kelly being a college head coach.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated tweeted the words of Adam Schefter of ESPN, saying that the odds are tilting in favor of this being Kelly's last game at Oregon.
"It would be an upset if Chip Kelly was not in the NFL next year." -@adamschefter— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 7, 2012
So why is this perfect marriage likely coming to an end?
Well, Kelly really has nothing else to prove at the collegiate level. He has won oodles of games, Pac-12 titles and has appeared in BCS bowl games. He has won many Coach of the Year awards and even took the Ducks to a national championship in his second season.
Some would say that he still needs to win a national championship. That would be about the only thing he has yet to accomplish with Oregon. However, does he really need that to solidify his legacy?
The answer is no.
This isn't a coach that gets by from recruiting in a state full of elite talent. Kelly isn't somebody that just barely qualifies for a bowl game or just scrapes by in his own conference.
Instead, he runs an offense that almost nobody in college has quite figured out and he absolutely destroys teams until they throw the white flag onto the field.
Is a national championship really going to change your opinion on him?
Even without the hardware, Kelly is one of the brightest offensive minds of this generation and he has shown that in four quick seasons. His success can no longer be looked at as a fluke. It is simply time for a new challenge and that would include seeing if his style of play would work at the next level.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has already broken down that Kelly could succeed at the next level. There also happens to be the perfect team waiting for him when both football seasons come to a close. That team would of course be the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kelly is familiar with Eagles QB Nick Foles from his days with Arizona and there is enough speed at the skill positions to run his style of offense. With the Eagles flying as high as a penguin right about now, current head coach Andy Reid is as good as gone when the season is over with.
This opens the door for Kelly to see if he can truly become an elite coach in the NFL.
The stars are aligned and it just makes too much sense for the Oregon coach to bolt after the Fiesta Bowl matchup against Kansas State is over and done with.
Kelly has been fun to watch and is a great coach for the college level.
Now it is time to see if he can bring some of the same things into the NFL.
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