How does Chip Kelly affect the NFL coaching carousel?
Posted by: Pete Roussel on January 16, 2012
The Philadelphia Eagles tabbed Chip Kelly as head coach on Wednesday morning.
Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie stated, "Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles. He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team."
It will be interesting to see in NFL East organizations like the NY Giants, Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys now move to hire college assistants familiar with Kelly's offensive scheme.
For example, former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast may have just become a hot commodity. Pendergast has reportedly interviewed for the defensive coordinator job at USC. It's possible that Lane Kiffin wanted to wait to see if Pendergast received an NFL job offer before naming Pendergast as the replacement for Monte Kiffin.
Speaking of Monte Kiffin, poor Monte can't avoid Chip Kelly. Kiffin recently accepted the defensive coordinator job in Dallas. He'll now get to see Chip Kelly's offense not once a year, but twice.
Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason could be another coach that is targeted by NFL organizations. Mason was a finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach. He has previous NFL coaching experience, having coached the defensive backs with the Minnesota Vikings from 2007-2009.
Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker and defensive backs coach Rod Perry could be valuable to an NFL organization.
Heck, it might not be a bad move for an NFL organization to go hire current Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal, linebackers coach Don Pellum, or defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. You never know, Kelly may move quickly hire some of these coaches.
The game still comes down to players, but these coaches possess experience that could really help an NFL organization. Kelly's offense at Oregon reportedly ran a play every 20.9 seconds. The Patriots led the NFL this year by running a play ever 24.9 seconds.
In 2013, the Eagles non-division opponents include Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, San Diego, Arizona, at Green Bay, at Minnesota, at Denver, at Oakland, at Tampa Bay.
One thing is certain, NFC East opponents will study a heck of a lot of Oregon film this off-season.
Pete Roussel is a valuable resource for coaches, athletic directors, NFL front-office personnel, and college football enthusiasts. A former college football coach, Roussel shares insight on coaches 365 days a year and is recognized as the most trusted expert on coaching transactions. Follow @CoachingSearch on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com