Chip Kelly is in for the ride of his life. Philadelphia is not your typical sports town. The fan base is hungry for championships, they want results now.
Kelly has been a success as the head coach of The Oregon Ducks. He has been known as an offensive guru of sorts. He runs a high octane offense known for lining up and getting the ball snapped quickly. His teams are known for speed, quick scoring drives, and inflated offensive stats. He has produced conference titles, three of them in four seasons. He led his team to The BCS Championship Game in 2010, where they were defeated by Cam Newton and Auburn. He has been courted by NFL teams for the past few seasons, and Philadelphia has won his services.
Kelly inherits a team that has plenty of talent, and even has a mobile quarterback to run his read option offense. Michael Vick is probably looking forward to an offense that he can run with effectiveness. The problem for both Kelly and Vick is that the new NFL offensive evolution will be figured out by NFL defensive coordinators in a matter of time.
Of all the teams remaining in the NFL Playoffs, San Fransisco is the only one with a mobile quarterback. Colin Kaepernick is the latest phenom in the league. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, which should not be a surprise. It is what we as sports fans often do. We see a shiny new toy and immediately gravitate to it.
Chip Kelly is no exception to this rule. NFL teams see a coach with an offensive mind who thinks outside of the box. Philadelphia is hoping that he can turn around a team that went 4-12 and finished last in the NFC East. The Eagles are hoping that Kelly can inject enthusiasm into a locker room that had stopped listening to what former coach Andy Reid had to say. Kelly will bring a new philosophy and a whole new bag of offensive tricks for the Eagles playbook.
He will also face teams that play defense, something Kelly did not face in his four years of coaching in The PAC 12. Maybe I am way off base, but I see Kelly lasting maybe three to four years in Philadelphia, before bolting to Florida, Texas, or even USC to take another coaching job in the NCAA. It is where he and his offensive ideas belong.