Chip Kelly has been fired by the Eagles after going 6-9(nice) this season, with an overall record of 26-21 in three years. Chip is responsible for transforming an Eagles core of Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, Desean Jackson, and Evan Mathis into the underperforming trio of Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and... Kiko Alonso? Not often does a coach assume GM responsibilities, in fact Belichick is the only other coach that handles coaching and general manager responsibilities, and this serves as a prime example of why that is the case.
In an ideal world, a coach that also handles the general manager responsibilities would breed perfect roster harmony. The 'GM' would add, remove, and tweak players from the roster to give the 'coach' his best chance to run the scheme that he wants to run. The reality of the situation is that while Belichick has an astonishing FORTY years of NFL experience, Chip Kelly's three year tenure with the eagles was his first exposure to the NFL. Kelly proved a number of times that he had little to no idea of how to build and sustain a franchise through the draft. This was evidenced by Chip Kelly trading a second round pick for a broken quarterback(Bradford), and spending a first round pick on Marcus Smith whom has playing an astonishingly low number of snaps(92 defensive snaps out of a possible 1131... 8.1%). Chip Kelly the coach was the classic example of a coach believing that scheme trumps talent. Chip foolishly cut guard Evan Mathis and tried to replace the all-pro with street free agent Jared Wheeler. In addition, Chip Kelly believed he could still force his scheme to prevail even by replacing pro bowl receiver Desean Jackson with players like Jordan Mathews, and Riley Cooper.
Regardless, now that Chip Kelly's time as the head coach of the Eagles has come to a screeching halt, it's time to talk about where he will end up next. Kelly has already been preliminarily linked to joining the Tennessee Titans to join his old quarterback Marcus Mariota. For my own personal excitement, I would very much like to see this happen. The Oregon Ducks offense under Chip Kelly and Mariota was undoubtedly one of the most exciting, electrifying offenses of our generation. I am intrigued by the possibility of the dynamic duo repeating their collegiate success at a higher level(Disclaimer: I still believe Kelly can be successful in the NFL). The reality of this situation is that Chip Kelly will be a highly sought after NFL head coaching candidate. However due to his lack of success thus far, in addition to his negative stigma of players not wanting to play for him, and his prior unparalleled success in the college ranks, the most likely scenario for Chip Kelly is to sit out a year, and accept the biggest name, biggest paying college head coaching position that becomes available(I.E Texas, Oregon, or USC).