Chip Kelly: Highlighting Coach-Less NFL Teams That Must Pursue Oregon HC

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2013

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks looks on as his team warms up before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Chip Kelly has a lot on his plate this January, but that won't stop a handful of desperate NFL teams from piling onto it. 

Kelly is likely the most distracted man in America right now, preparing to lead his No. 4-ranked Oregon Ducks into a Fiesta Bowl matchup with No. 5 Kansas State in the midst of the early days of the NFL offseason for many teams.

Let's put it this way: Chip Kelly is a wanted man. 

With Kelly fielding nonstop questions about potentially taking his coaching talents to the NFL, let's take a closer look at a trio of coach-less teams that would be best suited to pursue the top Duck.


Arizona Cardinals

A brilliant offensive mind like Chip Kelly would be welcomed in the Arizona desert in 2013, especially following the nightmare of a season the Cardinals experienced in 2012, losing 11 of their last 12 games after a 4-0 start.

But not only was Arizona terrible in the standings, the Cardinals' offense was every bit as dreadful.

Arizona ranked dead last in the NFL in total yards per game (263.1) under former head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The Cardinals also ranked 31st in points scored, averaging just 15.6 per game. The biggest issue with this potential landing spot is the lack of a stable quarterback.

The Cardinals are a mess under center, and will likely experience severe growing pains in 2013, regardless of whether Kelly is their man. Still, he would give them tremendous potential for the future. 


Kansas City Chiefs

Much like the Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs are in desperate need of a spark, especially on the offensive side of the ball. 

Although the Todd Haley (another highly-respected offensive coach) experiment only produced one playoff appearance for the Chiefs, Kelly's offensive knowledge would greatly benefit a Kansas City team that has been totally inept on that end. 

The Chiefs scored fewer points than any other team in the league in 2012, averaging just 13.2 per game. Bringing on Kelly to rebuild the team would be an ideal move in order to establish an offensive identity and become a legitimate contender in the AFC West.


Philadelphia Eagles

Of the three teams mentioned, Kelly would likely favor the Eagles, who have a decent amount of veteran talent on their roster. Philadelphia's offense also boasts tremendous potential with playmakers like LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson set to return in 2013.

Plus, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman, Kelly is tops on Philly's list of potential replacements.

Obviously there are no guarantees that Kelly could do more with Philly's roster than Andy Reid did this past season, but he would certainly bring a change of culture to a locker room that clearly needs a new rallying cry.

If Kelly were to become the next Eagles coach, he would have his work cut out for him, but he would certainly have a better shot to win right away as opposed to potential situations in Arizona and Kansas City.


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