Report: Chip Kelly Has Narrowed His NFL Wish List Down to 2 Teams

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIJanuary 3, 2013

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Head Coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Duck looks on during pre-game warm ups before their NCAA College football game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that current Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is only interested in two NFL teams. Which teams? The Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.

La Canfora posted this on Twitter at 10:21 AM EST on 1/3/2013

CLE, BUF and PHI waiting to talk to Chip Kelly following Fiesta Bowl but from what i hear, as have been reporting, its CLE, PHI or Oregon

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 3, 2013

So there you have it folks. Jason La Canfora has been a reliable insider when it comes to the NFL.

Oregon is set to square off against Kansas State Thursday night in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Much speculation has arisen that Kelly is only focused on Thursday's game. Whatever is to happen with the NFL will happen after the college season is over for the Ducks.

Of the two teams he narrowed his list down to, I think he would be a great fit for either team.

Chip Kelly runs a unique offensive system at Oregon with heavy focus on speed and running backs. The Eagles were 3-0 in 2012 when LeSean McCoy received 20 or more carries in a game. They lost every game when they gave him less. 

The formula seems simple: give the ball to McCoy. If Kelly winds up in Philly, he will surely be able to utilize all of McCoy's talents. It would also be ironic to see him coaching Nick Foles. 


Foles attended the University of Arizona and is a longtime Pac-12 rival of Kelly's Oregon Ducks.

The Eagles also possess plenty of speed within their roster in guys like Jeremy Maclin, Damaris Johnson and DeSean Jackson, who would fit nicely into a Chip Kelly offense.

As far as the Cleveland Browns, Kelly would make Trent Richardson a whole lot better. We already saw Richardson's skill in his rookie campaign, when he played nine games with broken ribs.

Kelly would also be good for speedy guys like Travis Benjamin and Josh Gordon.

So, next season, Kelly will either be with the Eagles, Browns, or the Oregon Ducks. 

I say if the Ducks win on Thursday, you can almost pencil Kelly in for an NFL head coaching job. I could be wrong. Have been before. Stay tuned.