UCLA hires Chip Kelly

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After failing twice in the NFL, Chip Kelly is giving college football a second chance.

Kelly, the former Eagles and 49ers head coach, has been hired as the new coach at UCLA. Kelly replaces another two-time NFL failure, Jim Mora, who was fired this week.

By taking the UCLA job, Kelly returns to the Pac-12 conference, where he had a great deal of success as the head coach at Oregon. Although Kelly didn’t do well in the NFL, there’s every reason to think he can do well as the coach of the Bruins.

Kelly’s first priority will likely be trying to persuade star quarterback Josh Rosen to stay in school rather than enter the 2018 NFL draft. Kelly’s NFL experience could be appealing to Rosen, as he’ll want a coach who can help him develop for the pro game. Then again, Kelly’s NFL failures could make Rosen think he’d be better off leaving.

At the college level, Kelly was known as one of the nation’s most innovative coaches. In the NFL, his offense showed promise at first, but once opposing defensive coordinators had some time to game plan for his fast pace, he largely failed. We’ll see whether he can do it at the college level again. His days coaching in the NFL are likely done.

50 responses to “UCLA hires Chip Kelly

  1. He was a disaster as an NFL GM as well…I’m not an Eagles fan but I give Roseman a lot of credit for cleaning up that mess in a hurry…even though he initially lost the power struggle, he turned things around nicely once Chip was exposed…

  2. I think he’ll be successful. He’s just so much better suited to the college game, from his schemes to his pace, to his personality. I don’t wish him ill just because he failed here.

  3. People are misinformed about the GM Kelly was. Eric Rowe, Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Nelson Agolhor, Kiko Alonso were all good players misused by Kelly the coach and some even played well. Maxwell wasnt bad when he left Philly but ended up being an overpay. His biggest mistake was shipping out McCoy and Jackson who were perfect for his offense then trying to plug in square pegs in role rounds instead of adjusting. His year in San Fran was with Baalke and York running the show so he was doomed regardless. He wasnt a bad talent evaluator he was a stubborn coach though. Thats fine in the NCAA because of the talent level but that wont work in the NFL. I wish Chip the best.

  4. He will have success ,,no mater what you think of him at the NFL level the college game is his jam !

  5. Kelly will likely never coach in the NFL again–and he shouldn’t.

    He made awful decisions as a GM. And as a coach, well…better defensive coordinators were able to adjust to his tricks pretty easily. And he never seemed to be able to counter effectively.

    His signing of DeMarco Murray was so baffling–a RB that was really ill-suited to play in his offense, and yet, made promises that blew up. As well as dumping his two best pro bowl guards and then realizing he couldn’t run the ball anymore.

    At least in the college game, he should have better talent than most of his opponents, and lots of tomato cans opponents that wouldn’t be able to handle the tempo of the offense.

  6. Lumping in Mora with Kelly as fellow 2-time failures is a little bit harsh on Mora, given that Mora had a very long NFL career and a .541 record, compared to Kelly’s .444.

    And the main reason Mora’s career ended was because Peyton Manning was horrible in 2001, threw almost as many INTs (23) as TDs (26), including 4 horrible INTs in their game against the 49ers that led to the “Playoffs!” rant – still one of my all-time favorite post-game pressers.

  7. I know that blaming everything short of the crack in the Liberty Bell on Chip Kelly has become the thing to do in Philly, but to call him a ‘failure’ as a coach in Philly when he won 10 games twice in 3 season and won an NFC East title is silly. Yes, he was a bad GM, his offense didn’t evolve and adapt, and I’m glad the team moved on. And, yes, he didn’t have any success in SF. But, he had too much success as a coach in Philly to be called a failure.

  8. “patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    I thought California was broke, how does a state school pay $23.3 million for a football coach?”

    Football program is funded by TV revenue and alumni donations, not state funds except for the scholarships).

  9. What fool made this hire? UCLA must be looking to fail as a team. CK couldn’t coach a pee wee team. CK will make UCLA a laughing stock.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I thought California was broke, how does a state school pay $23.3 million for a football coach?

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    Because you don’t keep up on current events. CA has maintained a budget surplus since 2012 and has the 6th largest economy on the planet. But keep on parroting right wing nonsense about how liberal states are broke (even though we give more than we receive in Federal taxes to Red states).

  11. I’m not really sure that his one year stint with the 49ers counted as a real chance. He was given one chance with the Eagles really. One year on a bad 49ers team with no chance to develop players or have continuity in his system is it. So he really had one chance in the NFL and he had 2 winning seasons. Cut the guy a little slack.

  12. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    November 25, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Some are just made for college, and Kelly is definitely in that category.
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    And that’s perfectly ok. College is probably more secure of the 2 jobs. Recruit your own players, less working hours and will get paid just as much. Win for Chip Kelly as far as i’m concerned.

  13. This is a good move for all involved.

    Coach Kelly learned a lot from his NFL experiences and also the time with Coach Belichick. I suspect that UCLA will continue to be stout with their NFL draftees on defense, based on rounds a player was drafted, and only add to their list of offensive players taken within the first three rounds in the coming years.

    I’m not a UCLA fan in any form, however, Coach Kelly will most certainly improve the offensive quality of their games and draw better talent.

  14. mauldawg says:
    November 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    What fool made this hire? UCLA must be looking to fail as a team. CK couldn’t coach a pee wee team. CK will make UCLA a laughing stock.

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    Please see: Oregon Football 2009-2012.

  15. How much did Kelly lose in taxes for Calitaxia from Florida.
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    Waking onto the UCLA campus everyday and not being in the fish bowl that the Florida job would bring with it probably more than make up for it.

  16. Lane Kiffin is probably about to get his 4th major job in 10 years, so how someone can say he’s done is funny. No one will blame him for SF, and winning will make people get fuzzy memories about how things went downhill in Philly and remember his first playoff year there.

  17. Kelly had a ton of success at Oregon. The Eagles were a dumpster fire when he was there, although he did inherit a 4-12 team and post back to back 10 win seasons. Then he moved on to SF that was even more of a dumpster fire. I’d say the only job you can even remotely judge Kelly by is the Oregon job. Kelly is very much respected by Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. I’m sure most of us know more about coaching than those two. Right? Silly me.

  18. streetyson says:
    November 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    Lumping in Mora with Kelly as fellow 2-time failures is a little bit harsh on Mora, given that Mora had a very long NFL career and a .541 record, compared to Kelly’s .444.

    And the main reason Mora’s career ended was because Peyton Manning was horrible in 2001, threw almost as many INTs (23) as TDs (26), including 4 horrible INTs in their game against the 49ers that led to the “Playoffs!” rant – still one of my all-time favorite post-game pressers

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    I’m pretty sure the article is referring to Mora Jr. Not Mora Sr.

  19. charliecharger says:

    Kelly had a ton of success at Oregon. The Eagles were a dumpster fire when he was there,
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    Almost every NFL team that hires a new HC is a dumpster fire. He failed in the big leagues.

  20. Chip Jelly will be a disaster at UCLA, he has is a fraud and will never win anything of consequence. What he did it he Eagles was a travesty. I root for Penn State and any team playing, Ohio State, ND, Alabama and. now UCLA!!

  21. “Chip was smart to go back to the PAC12. To heck with the SEC. Would you rather live in Malibu or some humid hick town?”

    Starkville, MS isn’t a hick town. Johnny Cash spent a night in the jail there when he was drunk and hopped up on pills. That brought some class to the place.

  22. Mora Jr. had a 10-3 record in 2014. That was impressive and he gained popularity as a coach among elite. UCLA was just always in love with Kelly, even before they hired Mora they recruited Kelly out of Oregon. No surprise there. Any school willing to ride the up/down waves of success should have stuck with Mora through the ups/downs.

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