Dec 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins defeated the Eagles, 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Chip Kelly is free to coach where he wants after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, there’s a sect of Cleveland Browns’ fans who want to see him roaming the sidelines in FirstEnergy Stadium. These three reasons highlight why he shouldn’t.
The hiring validates his tenure in Philly
Back when Eric Mangini was hired to coach the Browns, it was thought Cleveland was doing the right thing by hiring a coach who had failed somewhere else.
Many brought up Bill Belichik, and how he failed with the Browns before going on to be the greatest coach of the Super Bowl era.
But many forget that Belichik went back to being a coordinator following his failure in Cleveland, and he had a chance to reflect and learn from his mistakes.
Mangini didn’t have that opportunity, and the argument could be made that his immediate hiring validated his belief in what he was doing with the Jets. Mangini couldn’t learn from his mistakes, because he had another team (the Browns) eager to hire him. He didn’t have the chance to understand that he made mistakes in New York, because then-owner Randy Lerner was heading to hand him the keys to his franchise.
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The same logic could be used with Kelly. He’d come to Cleveland with the belief that everything he did in Philly was right–and the Browns would pay the price.
Kelly Can’t Sustain Manziel
Johnny Manziel is exactly the type of quarterback NFL lovers would love to see paired with Kelly. Johnny Football’s ability to move out of the pocket would have fans conjuring up images of what Kelly did with Marcus Mariota at the University of Oregon.
The problem: If Kelly uses Manziel the way we all expect, it’s unrealistic to expect Manziel could make it through a season. Fans got to see Manziel exhibit the play that made him “Johnny Football” at A&M, and that resulted in a concussion against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
It’s true, Kelly made Nick Foles a star in his first season with the Eagles, but he couldn’t sustain that success with Foles, and betting on Kelly and Manziel as a winning duo is a bet I’d be afraid to make.
Kelly may be willing to relinquish some of the power he had in his last gig with the Eagles, where he had complete personnel control.
But how long would it be until he tried to pull another coup to seize all the power inside the front office.
Kelly parlayed his first season (one that resulted in a playoff appearance) and an 11-5 mark in year two into becoming Philadelphia’s personnel chief. From there, he over paid for free agents and made questionable trades that shook his team’s chemistry.
In 2016, the Browns needs to add stability from a franchise that is still feeling the reverberations of owner Jimmy Haslam firing his front office and coach Rob Chudzinksi after the 2013 season.
Kelly would be the splashy hire many Browns’ fans covet, but long-term, the franchise wouldn’t be better off, and his history with the Eagles serves as proof.