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Chip Kelly helping out at Navy football practice

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Chip Kelly has long been an admirer of the U.S. Navy. When he coached at Oregon he modeled some of his offseason program on Navy SEALs workout routines, and when the Eagles hired him he hired a Navy SEALs trainer to serve as Philadelphia’s sports science coordinator. Kelly has attended Navy games while he was an NFL head coach, and there was even talk that he might be interested in coaching Navy.

So it should come as no surprise that now that Kelly is unemployed, he’s working at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Navy Athletics confirmed on Monday that Kelly is spending this week helping out at Navy’s spring practices. There’s no word on his official role, but a coach who had the kind of success Kelly had at Oregon would certainly be welcomed at any college where he wanted to help out.

Kelly has been fired in each of the last two offseasons, first by the Eagles and then by the 49ers, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of interest in his services once he hit the job market. But if he’s interested in working at a service academy, perhaps there’s a place for him on Ken Niumatalolo’s staff.

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22 Responses to “Chip Kelly helping out at Navy football practice”
  1. factschecker says: Apr 11, 2017 3:00 PM

    Bravo Chip. I for one salute you.

  2. nyneal says: Apr 11, 2017 3:01 PM

    Good job by Kelly.

    But now Navy will never beat Army again!

  3. learysdisciples says: Apr 11, 2017 3:01 PM

    Where’s Sweet Brown?

  4. redlikethepig says: Apr 11, 2017 3:02 PM

    From the look of him I bet he brought snacks.

  5. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 11, 2017 3:05 PM

    This guy is an idiot for leaving Oregon. He had a very nice, successful gig going there without much competition for discretionary sporting dollars. He should have consulted with Nick Saban who after his nfl flame out, went back to college and rebuilt an empire at Bama. Sorry Chipster, you have only you and your arrogant ego to blame.

  6. sportoficionado says: Apr 11, 2017 3:08 PM

    by helping out do they mean that he was out there shagging footballs for the punters and kickers? Not sure Navy has the money(Nike) or cache (program) to bring in the type of athletes that are needed to make this chump successful.

  7. mrcneff says: Apr 11, 2017 3:08 PM

    Maybe he just wants to be surrounded by non-sinking ships for a change…

  8. sorosbolshevism says: Apr 11, 2017 3:12 PM

    Hey Chip! Go get me a juice box!

  9. thermalito says: Apr 11, 2017 3:17 PM

    Maybe he’s found a job as the laundry attendant. About the only thing this fraud is qualified for these days. Truly one of the worst NFL coaches I’ve ever seen

  10. feelingswillbehurt says: Apr 11, 2017 3:34 PM

    I’m not sure that “helping” is the right word…

  11. JMClarkent says: Apr 11, 2017 3:38 PM

    Navy’s OC is about to get Desean Jackson’d.

  12. chippys lost binky says: Apr 11, 2017 3:42 PM

    Wonder how that works with the 2 year show cause penalty that was hanging over his head unserved when he got out of Dodge just ahead of the NCAA sheriff.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2017 3:45 PM

    No word on his exact role, but Chip has the body type that when a lineman slams into him, he rotates to the ground then returns to a standing position strictly due to ballast and weight distribution. Which saves a lot of work for the coaches on the field.

  14. dilbio50 says: Apr 11, 2017 3:47 PM

    Chip Snapper….fraud.

  15. lunar2013 says: Apr 11, 2017 3:54 PM

    I’m surprised you haven’t connected Belichick to his working at Navy since he has such a strong connection there.

  16. corkspop says: Apr 11, 2017 4:06 PM

    Not THE Chip Kelly is it? The one who all the experts said was going to change the NFL and have everyone copying his can’t-miss offense. That one?

  17. NFLexpert says: Apr 11, 2017 4:08 PM

    Well, that program just took the deep six…

  18. 23rdusernameused says: Apr 11, 2017 4:41 PM

    from 2 team head coach in the NFL to Navy water boy in no time flat… FAR Fall for a football genius huh!?!? yikers!

  19. officialgame says: Apr 11, 2017 4:41 PM

    Wonder who he will stab in back over there.

  20. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Apr 11, 2017 5:14 PM

    He was at Lobo practice the other day…

  21. getyourownname says: Apr 11, 2017 6:37 PM

    He was there to learn how to run the option offense properly.

  22. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Apr 11, 2017 8:37 PM

    From a military Dad, thank you Chip.

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