Chip Kelly is known in some circles as “the greatest offensive mind in college football.” With the Kansas City Chiefs woeful offense over the last ten years, it would appear that such a coach is exactly what the Chiefs need.
So who is Chip Kelly?
He is 48 years old, and has been at the University of Oregon, first as offensive coordinator, then as head coach, since 2007. He has been a coach since 1990, with stints at Columbia, Johns Hopkins and New Hampshire. He was named the “College Assistant Coach of the Year” by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
There are many statistics that help us to see the history of Chip Kelly, but one statistic stands out more than any other. Kelly has an 86.5 winning percentage, 45-7. This is the highest winning percentage of any BCS conference coach. Please read this line very carefully. He has the highest winning percentage of any BCS conference coach. This includes the SEC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, and others. Kelly has a better winning percentage than coaches such as: Bill Snyder, Steve Spurrier, Will Muschamp, Nick Saban, Les Miles, Lane Kiffin, Bob Stoops, and even Pete Carroll.
Kelly has established himself, in only four years, to be among the best in all of college football. The question anyone must ask is this: Can he translate his success from college football to the pro game? There is a long list of coaches who were successful in college, but did not make it at the pro level.
Kelly is known as being a disciplinarian, and frankly a very hard-nosed individual. He does what he wants to do on and off the field. And although this rubs many people the wrong way, it is effective with college players. My concern regarding Chip Kelly is whether or not that hard style will work with multi-million dollar athletes. The Chiefs do not have a lot of “prima donnas” and that bodes well for a transition such as this one.
Kelly turned down a job to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early 2012. Most experts think he won’t turn down a good offer in 2013. Let’s hope that Chip Kelly’s Oregon team loses to our Kansas State Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl, before he is introduced as the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.