Archive for December 30th, 2015

Chip Kelly Fired, Jags Coach Stays, Clemson Players In Trouble


Chip Kelly In the NFL, the major story of the day was the firing of Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly.  Kelly is thought of as a football genius in the college football world, as he introduced a fast-paced, blitzkrieg style of offense at Oregon that turned the school into a perennial elite program. When he wanted to try his hand at the NFL, the Eagles came calling.  Kelly had a solid first year, but his past two seasons were disappointing and the Eagles failed to make the playoffs again this season.  Kelly also made some highly questionable roster movies (i.e. getting rid of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and LeSean McCoy — and signing DeMarco Murray to a huge contract).

What’s next for Kelly? Some think he could be a serious candidate to coach USC.  The school could be interested in having Kelly turn them into the national powerhouse they were 10 years ago.  Kelly may not be done in the NFL, however.  The Tennessee Titans will likely fire their coach Ken Whisenhunt, and Kelly might be a good replacement. The Titans QB is Marcus Mariota, a player Kelly recruited while at Oregon and supposedly desperately wanted to move up in the draft to grab.  If Kelly reunited with Mariota, he would run a system similar to his fast-paced college offense.  We shall see.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to retain their head coach Gus Bradley for the 2016 season.  The Jaguars did not have a great season, but eventually they started to click and they believe if they stay healthy and get some solid draft picks, they could be playoff contenders next season.
Finally, in college football, Clemson is hoping to win their first National Championship this year.  Unfortunately, they were recently dealt a serious blow as they lost some key players to suspension.  Most notably, their star wide receiver Deon Cain, who was a major part of their success this season.  Without Cain, Clemson could be in danger of losing their playoff game to Oklahoma on New Year’s Day.

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