Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is one of the top NFL coaching candidates and will be the topic of numerous rumors when the coaching carousel begins to swirl this offseason.
According to our friends at Sports Illustrated, Kelly will be looking for “near complete control when it comes to personnel decision-making power” if he is to make the jump to the NFL coaching scene.
SI’s Don Banks believes that the seeking of near complete control could take Kelly out of the running for the Eagles soon-to-be vacant head coaching gig. Banks writes:
As mentioned above, league sources say Kelly is looking for near complete control when it comes to personnel decision-making power, and that doesn’t appear to be available in the Eagles’ organization, where general manager Howie Roseman is expected to be in charge of the roster in the post-Reid era.
The Eagles will no doubt do their homework and have an extensive list of candidates, but they are one of the teams capable of affording Kelly’s contract demands, and he would offer the kind of sizzle and excitement that team owner Jeffrey Lurie is seeking to revitalize his organization after a second consecutive non-playoff finish.
There are questions, of course, whether Kelly’s fast-paced offensive can work in the NFL, and whether it’s too gimmicky to have long-term success. But sources within the league say Kelly is a brilliant offensive mind who will be able to adapt to and motivate NFL players, and that teams who are wary of him now will find out just how talented he is once they face — and lose to — his club.
One of the top fits for Kelly would be the Carolina Panthers, per the reports.
The Panthers only have an interim general manager in place and Ron Rivera is expected to head for the unemployment line.
Just imagine the greatness the NFL could be in for if Kelly were to bring his creative offense to the NFL and join forces with a signal-caller that has Cam Newton’s skillset. Just the thought of a Kelly-Newton pairing has me excited.