Chip Kelly remains winless in his return to college

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After three years coaching the Eagles and one year coaching the 49ers, Chip Kelly returned to his college roots this year as the head coach at UCLA. It is not going well.

Kelly’s Bruins dropped to 0-4 on Friday night with a 38-16 loss to Colorado. It wasn’t just the fourth loss of the season but the fourth time the Bruins just didn’t look very competitive. UCLA’s remaining schedule doesn’t have any easy games on it, and an 0-12 finish is a real possibility.

Although Kelly entered the NFL with a reputation he had earned at Oregon as an innovator, he now looks more like the inventor of the BlackBerry: He was once ahead of the curve, but as competitors adapted he stagnated, and he has now fallen behind.

In San Francisco Kelly went 2-14, and he lost his last two games with the Eagles. Add those records to his four losses at UCLA and Kelly is 2-20 in his last 22 games as a head coach. For a coach who went 46-7 in four seasons at Oregon, that has to be hard to stomach.

25 responses to “Chip Kelly remains winless in his return to college

  1. This scenario sounds eerily familiar. Like another overhyped, loud mouth, blowhard, has-been that is coaching about 350 miles north of him in Oakland.

  2. Wait, a guy who traded Nick Foles AND a 2nd round pick to take Sammy Sleeves AND his huge contract is not a genius?

    Who could have ever expected this outcome?

    He now has an 8-27 record since he traded Foles (who was 14-4 under Kelly)
    6-9 and fired
    2-14 and fired
    0-4 ???

    Foles won more games in the playoffs last season than Kelly did with the 49ers in the 2016 regular season.

  3. As an Eagles fan, I tuned in to see how things were going. It was going worse than I thought. I think his plan though is starting a lot of young guys and steadily getting better over a period of years. He’s got something like 9 or 10 true freshman starters according to what I heard. People want to win now, and that’s definitely not going to happen. He must have some kind of agreement with the AD there.

  4. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles would like to remind everyone that Chip cut DeSean Jackson and traded Shady McCoy for Kiko Alonso.
    The defense rests.
    That is all.

  5. I’m not a Chip Kelly fan but in all fairness, it’s not like he took over a program designed to win now. It was a mess. He should get at least two years to show he can make an improvement. His four losses have been to Oklahoma, Colorado (4-0), Cincinnati (4-0) and Fresno. Three of those losses are to quality programs.

    They were 6-7 last year and that was with Josh Rosen at QB. They were 4-8 the year before. One thing about Mora Jr is every place he’s been the head coach has experienced a decline in level from the time he arrived. He’s a program killer.

    Kelly is probably a good college coach. His biggest mistake was having the arrogance to believe his system would translate to the NFL, then commencing to ruin the Eagles (Steve Spurrier is another example of an arrogant college coach chasing money in the NFL only to be a complete failure). I think he needs to be given a few years to show he can turn the program around. If he can’t then he will be fired and will likely never get another head coaching job at the college or NFL level.

  6. The talent differences between programs are enormous in college. If you think it’s the coaching that’s the problem here you weren’t paying attention to what Saban did in the NFL with equal talent and what he does now with talent miles ahead of anyone else. Realistically Kerry is playing D1 programs with an FCS level of talent. Give him a couple years to recruit his guys and do the types of things he wants to do and you’re back to the Chip Kelly that hast lost half as many games this year as he has in every other year of college coaching he’s ever had.

  7. I love the Gruden comparison, that just shows you folks who don’t watch football outside of their local team. Before this year, the last decent draft the Raiders had was 2014 – most of their 1-3rd picks since then are no longer with the team or bench players.

    Add in that Carr has had the yips since early last year and Cooper shows up once every three games and you can see why this is a teardown/ rebuilding year.

  8. Oh for him to be one and done in college too would be precious.. oh how the mighty have fallen! I wish him the opportunity to coach high school back in New Hampshire!

  9. “Although Kelly entered the NFL with a reputation he had earned at Oregon as an innovator, he now looks more like the inventor of the BlackBerry.”

    This is so true. Chip’s offense is SO 2010.

    8 track tapes, iPods, Blackberries, football smoothies, and Chip’s play calling: all lots of fun in their day, but more and more outdated as time goes by.

  10. Not surprising at all. QB Josh Rosen carried that program on his back. Last season with a bad offensive line that constantly got him hit/sacked/pressured w/ no run game, bad WR’s (UCLA WR’s dropped 35 “Catchable” passes, Rosen by far the most suffered the most drops of the top 4 QB’s drafted by his WR’s) & a historically bad program in the history of UCLA football. Josh Rosen was in shootouts every week which is why he led the Nation passing w/ 341.5YPG setting UCLA records for most 300+/400+ YD games in his UCLA Career. Without Josh Rosen they looked worse than they do this season. With Josh Rosen gone that whole program needs to be rebuilt, it’s not Chip Kelly’s fault they are just a bad talent poor program right now.

  11. whenwilliteverend says:
    September 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    I’m not a Chip Kelly fan but in all fairness, it’s not like he took over a program designed to win now. It was a mess. He should get at least two years to show he can make an improvement. His four losses have been to Oklahoma, Colorado (4-0), Cincinnati (4-0) and Fresno. Three of those losses are to quality programs.

    They were 6-7 last year and that was with Josh Rosen at QB. They were 4-8 the year before. One thing about Mora Jr is every place he’s been the head coach has experienced a decline in level from the time he arrived. He’s a program killer.

    Kelly is probably a good college coach. His biggest mistake was having the arrogance to believe his system would translate to the NFL, then commencing to ruin the Eagles (Steve Spurrier is another example of an arrogant college coach chasing money in the NFL only to be a complete failure). I think he needs to be given a few years to show he can turn the program around. If he can’t then he will be fired and will likely never get another head coaching job at the college or NFL level.
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    Exactly. Like I said above Josh Rosen was the reason they won as many games as they did, he carried a terrible program and coachingwork with at all. UCLA is a rebuilding phase, giving Kelly two years to recruit his own guys & then see how staff on his back. I wonder how good Josh Rosen would of been in College had he of had a true top offensive minded coaching staff in College that knew how to properly utilize the talent on that roster and get the most out of his guys which Mora didnt.

    With Josh Rosen gone along with the few other good players they had in Kolton Miller, Jordan Lasley & 1-2 other guys Chip Kelly does not have much to good UCLA will be.

  12. Kelly should have never left Oregon. He built a nice program there but left for the bright lights and big city bucks of the NFL where he did nothing except get fired. Now he is at UCLA doing nothing. The Bruins are likely his last coaching gig unless he returns to high school. Happy trails, Chippy.

  13. JMClarkent says:
    September 29, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    I love the Gruden comparison, that just shows you folks who don’t watch football outside of their local team. Before this year, the last decent draft the Raiders had was 2014 – most of their 1-3rd picks since then are no longer with the team or bench players.

    Add in that Carr has had the yips since early last year and Cooper shows up once every three games and you can see why this is a teardown/ rebuilding year.

    ——————-
    The Raiders are a terribly run franchise.
    Adding Gruden to that mix is just another symptom of this.

  14. Oh Chippy, how the pendulum swings. When you got fired in Philadelphia I was sure it would take 5 years to fix the quagmire you left the team in. And that’s IF they got the right personnel in there. How would I know Howie Roseman would be a man reborn hardcore AND have the guts to hire Mr 4th down Dougie P. He had the gonads to move up in the draft and get Wentz where you couldnt get anywhere near that when you wanted Mariota. You re an arrogant stooge and college is the highest level of competition you can hope to compete in.

  15. Chip Kelly took his show to the NFL, which allowed NFL grade defensive coordinators to figure out his gimmicky offensive system, and how to defend against it. It’s over now, he should have kept it in College ball where he had a chance to compete against a less talented set of personnel.

    Once the Map was drawn, the road was easier to navigate. He won’t even be an assistant next year.

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