It was only 6 years ago Chip Kelly led his Oregon team to a BCS National Championship appearance against Auburn. Although Oregon could not bring home a victory, Kelly led this Oregon Ducks football program to national prominence on a consistent basis for the first time ever. During the four years Kelly was at the helm, he racked up a 46-7 record and led this team to four straight bowl appearances. He would win his last two bowl appearances in 2011 and 2012 in the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl respectively.
Now however, Kelly has been fired from his second head coaching stint in the NFL. As the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he has put together one of the worst seasons in franchise history going 2-14. Kelly had immediate success in his first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles going 10-6 in 2013 and 2014. His last season as head coach of the eagles would end with a 7-9 record. Kelly has only made the playoffs once as the head coach of an NFL team and that was in his first season with the Eagles. Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia would end at the culmination of the 2015 season when he was fired after week 16.
The question has already arose: where will his next job be?
There are a few head coaching vacancies in the NFL which some believe Kelly would be a good fit for. Some of these teams include the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams. Both teams have the need for an offensive minded head coach and Kelly fits this need perfectly. The Jaguars have what some think to be a potential franchise quarterback in Blake Bortles. However, this team needs a coach that can build around him and implement an offence in which Bortles can be successful; many think Kelly is the best shot at achieving this. The Rams also have the potential to develop a high-octane offence. With quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley, the rams have tremendous potential on the offensive side of the ball. Most importantly, wide receiver Tavon Austin fits the mold perfectly for a fast paced and up tempo Chip Kelly offense.
With Kelly’s minimal success in the NFL, his best spot would most likely be back at the college level. The best fit for Kelly would be UCLA. While Jim Mora has had success in the past at UCLA, the 2015 season was a big disappointment as the Bruins went 4-8. Many believe that if Mora is unable to turn things around next season, it may be his last time as head coach for this program. UCLA has the potential to be a national championship contender with the right man at head coach.
Many thought Kelly would end up back in Oregon but with the recent hire of South Florida’s Willie Taggart as head coach this option is no longer on the table.
Sources have reported that Kelly has no interest to go back to coaching in college. However, with his track record in the NFL, this may be his only option.