Chip Kelly seems to be enjoying his 2017 college football season in the broadcast booth but most people expect the former Oregon, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coach to be back on the sideline when 2018 rolls around. With the amount of high-profile jobs that could be open, speculation is rampant as to where the (very) successful offensive mind will land and Barton Simmons of CBS Sports sees a “great fit” at one particular spot.
Nebraska’s opening is somewhat flying under the radar with jobs like Florida and (likely) Tennessee open, but Simmons sees Kelly working well if that is something he’d consider.
On the surface, Kelly is a great fit in Lincoln. Like Frost, Kelly’s offense can translate anywhere (aside from the NFL) and he’s proven it. Kelly doesn’t appear to be a personality fit in the SEC where a lot of jobs will be opening, but he is likely to be drawn to a heavyweight program. In this cycle, outside of the SEC, UCLA and Nebraska are the only two percolating that match that criterion. Kelly’s programs recruited at a very high level at Oregon, but he’s not a guy that loves to recruit. Lincoln gives him the buffer to make his recruiting process event-based rather than the daily meet-and-greet grind of the more centrally-located programs. Of course, there are public relations obligations at Nebraska that may trump any recruiting nuisance, but what job is perfect? And then there’s the established relationship with Moos from their short time together at Oregon (Kelly as OC, Moos as AD).
The point on public pressure is a good one in that things are off the beaten path in Lincoln to some degree. With that said, Nebraska football is the thing in that state and Kelly hasn’t dealt with that kind of pressure incredibly well when seen through the prism of his stint with the Eagles.
Still, Nebraska would be insane not to call Kelly given his offensive profile and the way he built the Oregon program. That doesn’t mean the Huskers see it that way, but the marriage does seem to make some sense.