Chip Kelly sets sights on becoming an offensive coordinator

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Chip Kelly seems to know he’s done as an NFL head coach, and he seems to be OK with that — especially if it means he won’t have to deal with office politics.

Kelly told Jay Glazer of FOX that he’s happy to be an assistant coach in the NFL after failing as a head coach in Philadelphia and San Francisco.

“I’ll go be an offensive coordinator somewhere,” Kelly told Glazer.

Glazer also expressed a belief that issues with fired 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke were a major problem for Kelly in San Francisco.

“For weeks and weeks and weeks, he’s known that Trent Baalke has been trying to undermine him and get him out,” Glazer said.

This is the second report in as many days that paints Baalke as an obstacle in the path of Kelly’s success, the first being the report that Kelly wanted to draft Dak Prescott and Baalke refused. In fairness to Baalke, it should be noted that we haven’t heard his side of the story. But suffice to say, it’s unlikely anyone is going to hire either Kelly to be a head coach again, or Baalke to be a G.M. again.

96 responses to “Chip Kelly sets sights on becoming an offensive coordinator

  1. “I’ll go be an offensive coordinator somewhere,” Kelly told Glazer.

    Unemployment sucks.

    It’ll be interesting to see if an NFL team wants him as OC. And if so, who.

  2. I’ll lol if he goes to Alabama to be the OC. The same fans that say he sucks will be the ones crying saying it’s not fair. If he really sucks then they should see it as the undoing of Bama. Same thing happened with Kiffin landed in Bama so I sort of expect it.

  3. Not sure why anyone would hire Chip Kelly as an offensive coordinator if he plans on running that dumb college system that leaves the defense on the field for an eternity every game. Its well known Baalke is probably the worst GM in the league as well as an extremely difficult personality to work with so anybody who got that gig was set up to fail. The fact this moronic organization thought getting rid of Harbaugh to keep a stooge like Baalke around is all you need to know about how committed they are to winning.

  4. If I was the 9ers I would have given Chip the keys to the whole thing for a year or two to see what he could do and to make the reset a bit less laughable. You can’t press that button every single year.

  5. Sure is a lot of finger pointing going in 49er land. If you’re the GM and you’re on your third coach in three years, why would you undermine the guy that will essentially determine whether you both return next season? Who knows, maybe everyone on the 49ers staff wanted to get fired because they can’t stand the 34 year old owner? Just dumbness abound.

  6. The funny thing is, if Dak wasn’t doing good in Dallas Kelly would never admit to wanting to draft him.

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    You think?

  7. Baalke doesn’t seem like he works well others. Granted Harbaugh and Kelly are egomaniacs of the utmost supreme level but if Baalke runs off an elite coach like Harbaugh, and any coach that can return what was previously a dumpster fire of a team to super bowl contender and then tight after leaving the team again becomes a dumpster fire of a team is elite in my book….anywho if Baalke ran a coach off like that he assumes responsibility for all that happens next.

  8. Some guys just aren’t cut out to be NFL head coaches, but they flourish as coordinators. I’d honestly like to see what Chip would do if he was able to focus on just the offense.

  9. If McDaniels leaves the Pats, Kelly could well end up the Oc there.

    The Pats have chunks of his high speed offense incorporated into their playbook, and ran a form of it frequently when they had the right personnel.

    IIRC Belichick actually went and visited Kelly while he was in his last college job to pick his brain on it.

  10. Say what you want about Kelly but make no mistake, Baalke is the author of that disaster in SF and York is the publisher.

  11. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 10:00 AM
    McDaniels is leaving from LA….Chip is probably already on his way to Foxboro😥

    I don’t know if McDaniels will want the LA job but, if he does leave for anywhere, the Pats almost always promote from within.

    Kelly and Belichick are friends and, maybe, Belichick would bring him on in some sort of Special Assistant capacity as he did with Dom Capers one season, but the Pats are not going to start running Kelly’s offense.

  12. “I’ll go be an offensive coordinator somewhere,” Kelly told Glazer.

    What he meant was he’s going to take a job as an insulting customer service rep at a Lane Bryant.

  13. Kelly refuses to understand that an NFL team has 53 men on the roster, not 95 boys. Nobody is going to hire him to run their offense and wear out the entire team in the process.

  14. Its funny how quick Chip Kelly went from “hot coaching name/offensive mastermind” to “every fan’s/franchise’s worst nightmare”

  15. Not sure how publicly throwing your old boss under the bus helps a new boss think they want to hire you, regardless of what level of job it would be. As far as being a coordinator, I wouldn’t be so sure anyone is looking to hire him for that spot, since his offenses tended to struggle.

  16. Sorry Chip – the Titans’ offensive coordinator job isn’t open at the moment. They already have a top 10 offense.

  17. I’d rather have Kelly as a head coach than Baalke as a GM…..and I’m not the biggest Chip Kelly fan

  18. It seems, Trent likes these hardball coaches initially … then wearies of them …

  19. What Chip failed to realize is that his initial success was due to a talented offensive roster and efficient QB more than his gimmicky system. Sure he caught a few wins from un-prepared teams but that wasnt going to keep him going forever. Running his players into the ground, alienating the locker room and releasing talented players was the short path to downfall. Who knows why SF even bothered giving him a chance, he was finished after last season.

  20. I’m not a violent person and don’t give a hoot about any of the Niners personnel, but I find myself wishing that Chip, Trent or someone would walk up and punch Jed York in the face.

  21. This is the same offensive “genius” who emphasized sweeps by DeMarco Murray (the AFC’s current rushing leader) as somehow being a good idea.

  22. .
    It’s a story that keeps on reappearing, but is rarely reported. Here we have the clash between GM and Coach and at least one of them has to go. Whether it’s the Bills, Colts, or the 49ers teams with infighting rarely win.

    Some teams, such as the Patriots, put all the power in the coach’ hands and it is an effective strategy . For better or worse, Belichick’s responsible for assembling the roster and its performance on the field. There’s only one person to praise or blame for the season’s outcome
    .

  23. Not in New England even though he’s Bill’s bud. Brian Daboll has been waiting in the wings for quite a while. He will be the next OC in NE (assuming Josh moves one).

  24. seabrawk12 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 10:05 AM
    The funny thing is, if Dak wasn’t doing good in Dallas Kelly would never admit to wanting to draft him.

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    You think?

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    Yes I do.

  25. purplepride11 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:49 AM

    Maybe come to Minnesota? We need a offensive
    coordinator.

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    *CORRECTION
    You need an offense.

    SKOLOLOLOL!!!

  26. So there you have it…confirmation that this dumpster fire was caused by Baalke from the start. He needs to be the face and get the credit, or he’s gonna make things impossible for the coach. Hence the Tomsula hire. Unfortunately, the owner was clueless and didn’t put a stop to it when they still had a decent team. And he is the one that gets to stay…

  27. kneedragr says:
    Jan 3, 2017 10:26 AM

    What Chip failed to realize is that his initial success was due to a talented offensive roster and efficient QB more than his gimmicky system. Sure he caught a few wins from un-prepared teams but that wasnt going to keep him going forever.

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    Nailed it!

  28. Baalke is a snake that pushed out McLaughlin out of power over a drinking problem. When Baalke took over even with Harbaugh coaching, the 49ers started drafting poorly, starting with the 2012 draft, they have consistently missed on the draft picks. Since Harbaugh and top of the line assistant coaches left, they have only hired coaches out of football, or desperate to stay in the league. This team has been designed to fail for the last three years. Hopefully a real general manager and a on the rise coaching staff can turn this team around, getting rid of chip and baalke is addition by subtraction.

  29. cobrala2 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:50 AM
    “I’ll go be an offensive coordinator somewhere,” Kelly told Glazer.

    Unemployment sucks.
    ****************

    Chip’s business model seems to be to get fired so he can continue to collect the balance of his contract for not coaching, while remaining on as many payrolls at the same time as possible. So this is not exactly “unemployment” as most of us think of it.

    You might think that resumes count, but never underestimate the stupidity of owners when it comes to hiring and choosing to ignore actual performance.

  30. For any prospective head coaching candidate in the NFL, you need to be forewarned about the 49er job and all you need to know or consider is this, they fired Jim Harbaugh and keep Trent Baalke. Don’t think about anything else, just let that sink in.

  31. I would think Chip would find his way to Foxboro. He’s from New England. He has a good professional relationship with Belichick, and there could be some openings with the Patriots.

  32. I can’t see any NFL team making him their OC after seeing how much of a disaster his offenses were in Philly and SF. His only opportunities will be in the college ranks.

  33. Is it really all these other guys, or is it Jed? If Jed doesn’t have a good enough relationship with his HOF uncle, and therefore doesn’t ask for his advice, how good is Jed at making sure everyone else gets along? It would be easy for Jed to pick up the phone and call his uncle, but he won’t do it. If Jed continues down this path, the 49ers will continue down their same path. Geez Jed. Can’t you just call Eddie and ask for his advice? Eddie won super bowls regardless of who was coaching and who was playing QB. The winning starts with the owner.

  34. With all of the money Kelly still has coming to him from these failed coaching gigs, I wouldn’t worry too much about collecting unemployment checks if I were him.

  35. seabrawk12 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 10:05 AM
    The funny thing is, if Dak wasn’t doing good in Dallas Kelly would never admit to wanting to draft him.

    “admit to” or “make up the claim”?

  36. This is the same bumbling front office and ownership group who thought it would be a good idea to fire a franchise coach like Jim Harbaugh in favor of a complete and utter moron like Trent Baalke who has been the worst GM on draft day of any in the league dating back to 2011. The fact the same buffoons who engineered this mess are in charge tells you all you need to know about the chances of this disaster turning around anytime soon. The Santa Clara York Niners have all the makings of a team that will be bad for many years to come.

  37. Maybe some NFL team would hire him to wash jocks. Outside of that I don’t see what else he would be hired for. His offensive system is a proven failure in the league and he comes off as a total arrogant jerk in the media. As a jock washer he wouldn’t have to talk to the media, however maybe he would try to wash them too fast and not get them clean.

  38. Chip Kelly 26-21 (.553) at Philly
    Chip Kelly 2-14 (.133) at SF
    Chip Kelly 28-35 (.452) overall in the NFL.

    I’ve seen worse.
    Gus Bradley 14-48 (.226) Jags
    Jeff Fisher 31-45 (.414) with Rams
    Mike McCoy 27-37 (.422) SD

    Heck even Kubiak was 61-64 (.488) before spending the last 2 seasons as Denver’s HC.

  39. Not next year MDS, but 10 to 1 Kelly gets another nod at head coach down the road. Lord knows he was never given a shot in SF.

  40. chip always has excuses.. just shut up and bow out, but in this scenerio with Baalke, he has bumped heads with coaches before, its why they dont have Harbaugh right now

  41. Weird when people get fixated on abandoning things they’re truly good at for things they are not. He was very successful in college and could have a head coaching job paying extremely well almost instantly–probably at his old school, even. So, why mess around as an OC where his scheme has proven not to work? Reminds me a bit of how Mike Holmgren gave up coaching to repeatedly fail as a GM.

  42. Translation: Please, oh, please, God, someone hire me as an offensive coordinator…I’m not making enough $ with the two previous contracts I had…

  43. Seriously, he should do a bit of a walking tour. Go around to different schools, teams and consult on how things are done. Maybe including the CFL. After that, become a coach at some level. I seriously think it would help him and might be beneficial to those whom he visits.

  44. Baalke is that typical power hungry weasel that lives in every corporation in North America that provides no value, burns money, and just plays the political game. Couldn’t be more obvious.

  45. Outstanding Muffy. We (the 49’ers) are officially the most dysfunctional team in the entire NFL. Pass me a little more of the whine to go along with that cheese!

  46. seabrawk12 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 10:05 AM

    The funny thing is, if Dak wasn’t doing good in Dallas Kelly would never admit to wanting to draft him.

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    You think?

    Keep up the hate without facts. It didn’t come from Chip Kelly or his people. The guy who wrote the story said so. He sounded dumbfounded that all the know-it-alls made a big deal out of what he wrote.

  47. eddiea25 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:54 AM
    Nice touch Chipper,triple dipping. You fraud.

    Reality check: Kelly was a great college head coach. One of the best in the country. In huge demand, and the Eagles hired him. Then they got rid of him and the 49ers IMMEDIATELY hired him.

    What makes him a fraud? Did he falsify his college record? Just asking.

  48. Well, he did have an NCAA “show cause” penalty over him when he was with the Eagles, though that’s expired now. So there was an ethics issue with him to some degree. Now it’s not as egregious as other terrible things by college coaches, but still, a penalty was in place.

    The rap on him seems to be his ability, or inability, to relate to people. The eagles owner called it “emotional intelligence”. Unclear is how that relates to being a head football coach, when you get to “on the field” management.

  49. Chip is very smart and has learned to treat his players’ like human beings.

    But his offense doesn’t work in the NFL. He needs to adapt it or scrap it. The small advantages you get on offense are totally negated by the disadvantage you put your defense in.

    I kind of wish he got another year as he was given nothing to work with in terms of talent but I understand why they want to clear the board for the next front office.

  50. “ex-49ers coach Chip Kelly and others in the building wanted to draft Dak Prescott”

    Love the way “and others” was dismissed and people blame Kelly. Another person wrote about how the scouts wanted Dak. The point being the GM wasn’t on the same page.

  51. Translation: I’ve contacted many of the major college programmes, and they won’t they won’t touch me with a barge pole.

  52. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 10:07 AM

    If McDaniels leaves the Pats, Kelly could well end up the Oc there.

    The Pats have chunks of his high speed offense incorporated into their playbook, and ran a form of it frequently when they had the right personnel.

    IIRC Belichick actually went and visited Kelly while he was in his last college job to pick his brain on it.

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    Kelly spent a week with the Pats in ’11 during training camp… Brady raved about him… That was also the year Brady was unaminous MVP and took the 31st rank D to the superbowl…

    That said, Belichick almost always promotes from within. Daboll is the next man up, unless he were to leave with either McD or Patricia.

  53. “But suffice to say, it’s unlikely anyone is going to hire either Kelly to be a head coach again, or Baalke to be a G.M. again.”

    I think you can count on your hand the number of GMs who get a second chance. Not exactly a stretch here.

  54. Kelly was the jerk in this situation. He saw that Baalke was in a vulnerable position, and thought he was safe as a first year coach, so he used Kaepernick as a lever to undermine Trent to get his buddy Cable installed as G.M. Chip thought he was safe enough that it didn’t matter if he won games, he could blame it on lack of talent. He knew Baalke hated Kap and that Trent thought (rightly) that Squid was a division and distraction in addition to being a mediocre football player. Chip Kelly was the same guy who was hated and run out of Philadelphia. Both the Eagles and Sam Bradford were better without him around this past season.

    Jed York is a pretty smart guy, and could see what was going on. He had to fire Baalke because it was his third strike in terms of coach hirings. But he had a lot of respect for the work Trent did and wasn’t about to let that fat little weasel Kelly sleaze him out of office without repercussion. Credit to Jed for having the stones to make a difficult and unpopular decision. Lots of other owners in the league would have slid in the circumstances.

  55. chipper is a college coach; the nfl is more about delegation, and player relationships; chip hates players, he views them as interchangable parts in his turd machine.

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