By Matt Johnson

As the NFL regular season starts to wind down, the coaching carousel begins to wind up with rumors of firings and replacement candidates filling the rumor mill. One of the hottest names on the coaching market is Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly, who will have a plethora of offers to choose from in the off season. We have heard all the rumors of Buffalo, Philadelphia and Carolina. I am going to break down all the available teams he has been rumored to and try to predict where I think he will go.

Oregon Ducks:

Kelly has the option to stay at the University of Oregon in the hopes of competing for a National Championship next season and hopes for a better job. While the team will lose RB Kenjon Barner, the Ducks offense will have QB Marcus Mariota ready to establish himself as one of the best QB’s in college football. While there is plenty to like about a return to Oregon, there are problems. Rumors about an NCAA investigation grow and with the harsh punishments that have been handed down as of late, it may be best for Kelly to move on.

Buffalo Bills:

While many think Buffalo would be a bad fit for Chip Kelly, I think it is a perfect fit. Buffalo already has C.J Spiller who would thrive in Kelly’s offense that relies on speedy RB’s. Kelly would be able to use Spiller as his primary back but could also use Fred Jackson inside the 10 yard line and on short yardage plays. The problem on this offense would be the QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick has once again showed the Bills front office they made a mistake extending him. That can all be fixed if the Bills sign Michael Vick, a veteran QB who could run option plays and provide Kelly with his perfect system QB. If Chip Kelly goes to Buffalo then Michael Vick will follow him and the Bills offense will evolve into the type of high scoring offense we saw at Oregon.

Philadelphia Eagles:

While some will continue to speculate Kelly to Philadelphia, I don’t think it is a great fit. Kelly would be coming into an environment where the fans will demand perfection from Day 1. The Eagles have some playmakers in Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy but their offensive line is a mess. Kelly would always be compared to Andy Reid and he would face a major change going from Eugene, Oregon to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While Eagles fans may want Kelly as their next coach, I believe they need someone who has NFL experience. I just don’t see Chip Kelly and the Eagles as a great fit.

Carolina Panthers: 

If you were to build the perfect QB for Chip Kelly’s offense  you would come very close to Panthers QB Cam Newton. Newton is a physical runner who can outrun LB’s and run over DB’s and would be the perfect option QB for Chip Kelly. While Newton has been inconsistent throwing the football, but when he is on he can get in a shootout with some of the best. Kelly would have to work on the Panthers running game and find more WR’s, but Jonathan Stewart is great when healthy and the WR class in the draft is deep.  I think Carolina would be a great fit for Chip Kelly and he could help turn this team into a playoff contender.

Prediction: Buffalo Bills

While this may be a surprise to some, I think Buffalo would be the match made in heaven for Chip Kelly. He would go to a team with C.J Spiller, Stevie Johnson and Fred Jackson on offense, and would be a lock for Michael Vick to join him as his spread option QB. The defense needs work and Buffalo needs a No.2 WR, but the Bills would immediately become wildcard contenders with the additions of Kelly and Vick.


Matt Johnson

I am a sports writer entering my first year in college. I am also a aspiring sports radio host.

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. avatar MSL

    FYI: Newton actually performed much better with out the option. Last year, he threw mostly out of Pro Sets, with only a sprinkling of the Read Option. This year; the coaching staff started with an over emphasis of the read option, which heavily contributed to Newton’s poor start. The past 6 games, they went back to mostly a conventional set and Newton’s been great.

  2. avatar Vincent

    Love it for the Bills. Hate it for the Ducks.


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