Chip Kelly: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Former HC's Future

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Chip Kelly, the former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and the University of Oregon, said on Jan. 3 he'd consider any job offers that come his way during the offseason. 

Continue for updates.


Kelly Linked to Alabama OC Opening

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported Kelly is one of several names who could receive consideration to replace Steve Sarkisian as Alabama's offensive coordinator after Sarkisian left Tuscaloosa to take the same position with the Atlanta Falcons.


Kelly Was Linked to Falcons OC Opening

Tuesday, Feb. 7

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Kelly was considered a "candidate to watch" for the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator opening after Kyle Shanahan filled the San Francisco 49ers head coaching vacancy on Monday, per the 49ers

However, the Falcons announced they hired Sarkisian to fill the position on Tuesday.


Kelly Reportedly Meeting with Patriots

Friday, Jan. 20 

ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported Kelly met with the New England Patriots after the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Nathaniel Hackett as their offensive coordinator, although it was unclear what role Kelly would fill for the Patriots.  


Kelly Reportedly Meeting with Jaguars

Monday, Jan. 16

Hays Carlyon of 1010 XL reported Kelly is meeting with the Jaguars, "presumably" regarding the team's offensive coordinator position. Rapoport confirmed Kelly is meeting with the team in regard to the offensive coordinator role.

Rapoport later reported Kelly went into the interview believing he'd get an offer from the Jaguars and had assistant hires prepared before Hackett got the job in Jacksonville.


Kelly Reportedly Received NFL HC Interview

Sunday, Jan. 15

Schefter, citing league sources, reported Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars' head coach position before the Jaguars hired Doug Marrone.


Kelly Open to College Return, NFL OC Job

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Feldman passed along comments from the recently fired 49ers coach about whether he'd consider a return to the college ranks for 2017 and beyond.

"I evaluate all jobs individually," Kelly said. "I wouldn't rule anything out."

His stance could lead to more changes at the collegiate level in the coming weeks. Feldman indicated a couple of schools would dump their current coach if Kelly was a realistic option.

The Fox Sports report also included more in-depth remarks from Kelly about his outlook:

I've never said I'm only looking at one thing. I will never leave my team when there are games left in the season, so I never looked at college because all those jobs are filled while NFL season is still going on.

I only talked to NFL teams after our bowl game was over when I was at Oregon. It's pretty simple for me: You can never leave your players during the season. How can you ask players to be all in and then leave when you get a better deal?

In addition, the 53-year-old offensive guru told Glazer he'd even consider taking on a coordinator role in the NFL. He's not set on only being a head coach in the pros.

Kelly arrived to the pro ranks from Oregon in 2013 with plenty of hype. His fast-paced offensive style was viewed as a potential game-changing approach, and his initial returns with the Eagles were solid.

Philadelphia went 20-12 over his first two seasons. It ranked in the top five in both points scored and yards gained in each of those seasons. But things started to deteriorate in 2015, and the front office opted to let him go before the finale with a 6-9 record.

The 49ers brought him aboard for 2016, hoping he could revamp the lackluster offense. There weren't many signs of progress, however, as the talent-depleted group went 2-14 and finished 31st in total offense, leading to his quick dismissal.

Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com provided an interesting stat about Kelly's first handful of years as an NFL coach:

His track record with the Ducks starting in 2009 was still far more consistent. They went 46-7 across his four years, posting Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl victories in his final two years and making an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game at the end of the 2010 season.

Ultimately, going back to college where he enjoyed so much success represents the safe route, but only if the right job becomes available. Expectations of turning a program around will be high, even with his mediocre NFL results, so finding the perfect fit would be essential.

Transitioning to become a pro offensive coordinator would take an entrenched coach with an open mind for change. Adding somebody with Kelly's pedigree to the staff is a boom-or-bust move, and it's not one a newer head coach is likely to make.

All told, it sounds like Kelly will take a look at every offer thrown his way, but it will be difficult to find the right spot.

                                           

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