Thearon W. Henderson
With the Jacksonville Jaguars likely in the market for a new coach after this season, SB Nation's Big Cat Country says Chip Kelly should be the team's No. 1 target.
With the Jacksonville Jaguars in the midst of one of the worst seasons in team history, there's a pretty good chance that owner Shad Khan will look to blow things up. This means firing general manager Gene Smith as well as coach Mike Mularkey. One name likely to to come up in a new coaching search would be Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly flirted with the NFL last season before ultimately deciding to head back to Oregon. But there are some, including former Ducks coach Mike Bellotti, who feel that it's only a matter of time before Kelly makes the jump to the pro ranks. And if he does, Alfie Crow says over at SB Nation's Jaguars blog Big Cat Country that the Jaguars should go hard after Kelly:
If Kelly is indeed headed to the NFL and the Jaguars are gutting everything, he should be the No. 1 target for the Jaguars in my opinion. I do believe what a lot of what Kelly does offensively will translate to the NFL, and he's proven he doesn't need a "running" quarterback to get it done. It would also be another in the step of Khan being aggressive and trying to get ahead of the curb, like he's done with the London game in securing marketing rights oversees.
There's no denying the success that Kelly has had at Oregon. He has helped build a powerhouse that has seen the Ducks go to three straight BCS bowl games, and they are currently in line for a fourth. And while some may question whether Kelly's spread offense would work in the NFL, Crow says the offense has plenty of concepts that would translate well to the NFL.
There's no guarantee getting Kelly would mean success for Jacksonville, but it would be a bold move that at the very least would drive up some interest in the team.