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Strong defense was the calling card of the Bears in the Lovie Smith era. As the old saying goes, defense wins championships, yet defense can only take a team so far. Teams in the modern NFL need an offense that can score at will in order to be successful. The number one and two seeds in the AFC playoffs (Denver and New England) are fourth and first in total offense respectively. Our beloved Monsters of the Midway ranked 28th in that category.
In Smith’s tenure, the Bears only ranked inside of the top 20 in total offense once. This may seem like an overstatement of the obvious, but the best way to fix it is to start with hiring a coach who knows offense inside and out. As we’ve seen with the Washington Redskins and the Pistol, speed based offensive schemes are starting to infiltrate the NFL. Heck, New England has been running a high paced offense to the tune of an average of 427.9 yards per game.
The Bears need every advantage they can get on the offensive side of the ball if they want to be successful in the near future, which is why the best choice to replace Lovie Smith is Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly. If you consider yourself a football fan, you have surely seen the Oregon Ducks play. Their offense is nothing anyone has ever seen in college football, gaining 550 yards per game and scoring an NCAA leading 85 touchdowns this past season.
The Ducks are one of the toughest teams to defend, simply because they outrun their opponents. With possible sanctions coming down on Oregon for recruiting violations, the time is right for Chip Kelly to make the jump to the NFL, and there is no doubt he could transform his team’s offense into the most high octane attack in the entire league. Kelly’s offense is unique in the sense that they are able to snap the ball every 13 seconds and time of possession is never an issue.
The caveat to the whole thing though is personnel. Speed is not something that can you just put into your players on offense, you have to be able to find new guys who work well in the system. For the Bears, that would mean a more athletic offensive line, a more mobile quarterback, a scatback type of running back, and faster receivers.
Chicago already has a pretty fast running back with Matt Forte, and a Chip Kelly offense could see Devin Hester be used as more of a east to west running back who will gain five plus yards at a time running a jet sweep type of running play. Either Jay Cutler would have to be able to use himself as a regular running threat or the Bears would have to find another quarterback who could run Kelly’s system.
Seeing as he is the most coveted college coach by NFL teams right now, Kelly is going to demand a lot of money, probably more than the Bears want to pay. Yet, this is Phil Emery’s chance to get his most important personnel decision as the Bears new GM right, and hiring a coach who would make Chicago an offensive juggernaut would make Emery and that coach beloved in this town for a very long time.
The Bears certainly have other options to be their next head coach, but Kelly is someone that could make the Bears offense the envy of every other team in the NFL. It may be hard to pull off, but if Kelly could make it work, it would not be outside the realm of possibility to consider the Bears a perennial Super Bowl contender.
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NewsTags: Chip KellyDon SmolenskiHowie RosemanJeffrey LuriePhiladelphia EaglesThere were reports circulating all over the internet at the start of the weekend that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was on his way to Cleveland after meeting with team President Joe Banner on Friday. Something seems to have changed because Kelly met with...
Ducks head football coach Chip Kelly reportedly will interview with three NFL teams on Friday following Oregon's appearance in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday.
The Oregon Ducks enter the offseason with uncertainty over coach Chip Kelly's continued tenure and possible NCAA sanctions.
But at the same time the team faces a future with a strong foundation that includes redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota and speedy sophomore running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Fifth-ranked Oregon finished this season 12-1 with a 35-17 victory...
On the 10th anniversary of their last playoff appearance, the Browns may be in unexpected fight over Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
Cleveland has been awaiting a second meeting with Kelly, the Ducks' offensive mastermind, on Saturday to hopefully complete a deal to make him the Browns' sixth fulltime coach since 1999. However, Kelly decided to keep a scheduled interview with the...
After leading the Oregon Ducks to a victory in last night’s
Fiesta Bowl, coach Chip Kelly, who’s set to interview with the Buffalo Bills
and Cleveland Browns today, all but admitted he’s leaving the college ranks and
headed for the NFL, according to NFL.com.
"I'll talk to Dave (agent David Dunn) tomorrow,"
Kelly said after Oregon's 35-17 victory. "...
GLENDALE Ariz. De'Anthony Thomas took the suspense out of the Fiesta Bowl in 12 seconds on Thursday, taking the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
Now, can anyone catch Chip Kelly?
Kelly has gone where no other coach has gone before -- in four years as Oregon's head coach, he has taken the Ducks to 46 victories and four BCS games.
The latest, a 35-17 humbling...
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Cleveland Browns are close to reaching an agreement with Oregon HC Chip Kelly.
Both the Eagles and the Bills were also mentioned as possible landing spots for Kelly, but the Browns made it pretty clear that Kelly was their main objective and it appears as though they were quite convincing during their meeting with Kelly today.
The Philadelphia Eagles took their coaching search committee to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday after a lengthy meeting with Oregon coach Chip Kelly on Saturday night in Arizona.
The Eagles only confirmed their meeting with Kelly after it ended. A person familiar with the situation said Kelly was nearing a deal with the Cleveland Browns on...
Alright, it looks like Chip Kelly wants to go about 90 miles away from Buffalo. However, I got my Q&A back from the guys over at The Duck Stops Here and I'm not about to let it go to waste. So, let's pretend the reports are wrong like some idiot who reported that Buddy Nix was going to retire last year.
1) Can you tell me about his offense and do you think it will...
Two hot rumors just hit the Cleveland Twitter-sphere. First, SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Brain Startare out in Philadelphia has a potentially dynamite rumor for Cleveland Browns fans:
Sources tell me Chip Kelly and the eagles are close to an agreement on a 5 year deal. If I’m right I’m golden. If wrong my source is fired
— Brian Startare (@brianstartare) January 6, 2013
The Chicago Bears surprised many of their fans on Dec. 31 when they fired head coach Lovie Smith after he led the team to a 10-6 NFL season in 2012. Some fans expected more of the club however after they got off to a 7-1 start, but then failed to make the playoffs. The team played well defensively during the season and many insiders feel the ineffective offense was the cause of the...
Cleveland fans have needed their team to give them a “we are really serious about winning football games” type move since the NFL gave football back to the city. The Lerner family never really showed much interest, but it seems that new owner Jimmy Haslam is wasting zero time in his first offseason. He is going for the end zone in his first big move besides getting rid of Pat...
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone reportedly have interviewed this week for the Cleveland Browns' coaching job. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Thursday said the Browns also will interview Oregon coach Chip Kelly on Friday, the day after his team competed in the Fiesta Bowl. All interviews were conducted in the Phoenix area, where the Browns...