Chip Kelly has reportedly expressed interest in becoming the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, this after Jim Tomsula was fired following a 5-11 season. That Kelly, who was fired by the Eagles last week, wants to coach again in the NFL is not surprising. But the fact that he wants to coach in San Francisco? Well, that’s a little bit more surprising.
“That’s not a gotta-have job; that’s a resume job,” CBS Sports Network football analyst Randy Cross said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Jim Tomsula, on his resume, it says head coach, and if you really need that spot on your resume, that’s the kind of job that you take. For Chip Kelly, he had it made in Philly compared to what it would be like in San Francisco for him. If you don’t like people telling you what to do, don’t go there. That’s for sure. There’s a long list of places – Cleveland is one of those places, Tampa has been one of those places, Lovie (Smith) has done a pretty good job. But it all starts with the ownership. If the ownership is clueless and doesn’t know enough to hire professionals and get the hell out of the way, then you’re going to get exactly what you end up with: constant change.”
Cross believes that Kelly will absolutely get another opportunity in the NFL and that he will have have great success in the process. In fact, Kelly’s ideal landing spot might be Tennessee, which has former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.
“If I’m a Tennessee Titans fan, I’m sure as heck rooting that (the team considers pairing Kelly) with Marcus Mariota,” Cross said. “I kind of joked about the San Francisco thing. I hope for (Kelly’s) sake that the doesn’t do that out there. But I think he’ll have a job right away, yeah, and he’ll do it in the NFL. I think eventually he’s going to win. He’s going to be real good. Let’s remember: They’re not firing a guy after a failed three-year experiment where he went 4-12 or 5-11. The guy was 10-6 the first two years and had a losing season and now he’s gone. So I think he’s a guy that’s going to get this thing down. The culture part of it, the dealing-with-adults part of it might have come back to bite him in the butt, but that’s something he’s going to learn from. (It’s) not terribly unlike what Bill Belichick went through early on in Cleveland.”