Earlier this week, a certain NFL writer mentioned Chip Kelly as a potential replacement to former USC college football head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin was fired (in a parking lot, nonetheless) for poor performance.
Naturally, Chip Kelly's name came up as a target. He's freshly removed from the University of Oregon, a PAC-12 school just like USC. Here's the writer's full explanation as to why Kelly is a serious candidate for the job.
It would not shock me to see Kelly, 49, leave Philadelphia after one season, especially if the Eagles have a down year. Kelly knows better than most the kind of job this is and can be. He has never been in pro football before this season, and to tell you the truth, I'm not sure he's made for it. He reminds me of Steve Spurrier and Bob Stoops; they were destined to be college coaches. Kelly is similar. Being around him a little, I know he's a rah-rah, enthusiastic guy. Guys like that don't cut it for very long in the NFL. What he did at Oregon, transforming an OK program when he got there to what it is today, is nothing short of remarkable. This one could potentially get messy because of the sanctions leveled against Oregon. Kelly received an 18-month show-cause penalty, which would make his re-entry into college football problematic, but not impossible.
Now for a segment that I like to call FACTS ONLY. It's ridiculous that this "speculation" has even become a "thing", but here we are.
Fact 1: The 18-month show-clause mentioned means prohibits from Kelly coaching in college football until 2015. The NCAA isn't going to magically revoke it just so Kelly could coach at USC.
Fact 2: Kelly signed a $32.5 million, 6 year guaranteed contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia isn't paying Kelly millions to not coach for them after one year.
Fact 3: The Eagles were 4-12 in 2012. This was never a one year fix in Philadelphia. They lacked talent. It was clearly a rebuilding process from day one.
Fact 4: The Eagles are on a historically good offensive pace through 4 games.
Fact 5: FOUR GAMES. Four games. The Eagles have played four games. Making a firm conclusion on Kelly in that time is straight up erroneous.
Asked Chip Kelly about http://t.co/hiThAeCj4G report that he was a USC candidate. Looked at me like I'm crazy, and emphatically said "no."— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) October 1, 2013
Fact 7: "I'm the head coach of the the Philadelphia Eagles," Kelly said. "I'm very excited to be here, and have no interest in anything like that. [WITH VIDEO EVIDENCE]
Now that we've considered all of those facts, just throw them out the window. That's right, disregard them completely. Don't ask why, just do it.
What do you have left? Well, when you disregard logic and get rid of the facts, you have indisputable evidence that Chip Kelly is going to be the next coach of the USC Trojans!