Chip Kelly and his offensive strategy are not for everyone. Recently, his up-tempo scheme was overshadowed by some eye-opening personnel moves during his tenure in Philadelphia with the Eagles. Kelly was once viewed as a hot commodity in the coaching world. At this point, he's an acquired taste that requires the correct fit in order for he and his system to be successful.
Now that he is essentially a free agent on the coaching market, let's take a look at a couple of landing spots that make sense for both Kelly's system and, perhaps more importantly, his personality.
5 Potential Landing Spots for Chip Kelly in 2016
Nashville makes the most sense for Kelly from a personnel standpoint. Marcus Mariota — the one quarterback in the league with experience running Kelly's system in college — had a solid rookie season. He's surrounded by some exciting skill players, including Bishop Sankey, Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham, Delanie Walker and Dexter McCluster — so it would be interesting and intriguing to see how each would fare in Kelly's system. Additionally, the Titans play in a division that the Texans just won with a 9-7 record. Kelly also would own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers
The idea of Kelly going to San Francisco and resurrecting Colin Kaepernick's career has a Hollywood script feel to it. If healthy, Kaepernick might actually be the perfect quarterback for Kelly's up-tempo scheme — perhaps even more so than Mariota. Following the firing of Jim Tomsula after just one season, Kelly has already reached out to the 49ers, and with the amount of money Jed York has tied up in Kaepernick, you could very well see San Francisco take the risk. The negatives that go along with this move, however, are the lack of talent currently on the roster and the brutal competition within the NFC West.
You've seen the memes. Alabama won more games in AT&T Stadium this season than the Cowboys did. It can't get much worse in Dallas, and something tells me Jerry Jones doesn't like to be "memed." We know Jones loves Johnny Manziel. We also now know Manziel wants to play in Dallas. Is there a better-suited system for Manziel and the current Cowboy offensive talent that what Kelly runs? If Manziel and Kelly both end up in Dallas, it will be must-see TV — both on and off the field.
Jim Mora has expressed interest in leaving for the NFL. His departure would make UCLA the most coveted collegiate opening — especially with Josh Rosen as the quarterback for two more seasons. Rosen isn't the prototypical signal-caller you see in Kelly's offense, but we've seen pocket passers succeed in the system before. Rosen's presence combined with Kelly's style and West Coast recruiting roots could turn UCLA into a national powerhouse relatively quickly.
There's always the chance that nobody wants to risk hiring Kelly as a head coach in 2016. If that is indeed the case, there may not be a better move for Kelly than joining Urban Meyer's staff — even if only for a season — at Ohio State. Meyer hired former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano as his defensive coordinator and associate head coach a couple of weeks ago. I could see Kelly embracing the role of play-caller for the Buckeyes and finding the position quite liberating as a short break from being the head man in a program. There certainly wouldn't be a more accomplished coaching staff in college football from a resume standpoint. Furthermore, can you imagine J.T. Barrett running Kelly's system?