Found January 09, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
Chip Kelly’s dream-job may be the New England Patriots, and it could happen sooner than he thinks If the New England Patriots were to go on and win the Super Bowl this year, it would make Bill Belichick one of most successful NFL head-coaches of all time. Well, he already is, but even more so. The numbers would be staggering. A career record of 187-101, with a record of 151-57 as head coach of the New England Patriots. In terms of accolades, Belichick would have coached teams to ten-division championships, six Super Bowl appearances and four Super Bowl championships all this if he wins this season. There would be no where else for Bill Belichick to go but down. I have talked about a situation like this before, but at that time it was purely hypothetical and wishful. Basically it involved the Patriots being able to win Super Bowl XLII, finishing the 19-0 season and going down in history as the greatest team of all time. In 2008, I thought Belichick would retire if that happened and when I wrote that “What if?” in 2011, I thought the same thing. Once again, the New England Patriots are on the precipices of winning a Super Bowl with the stakes only a little different. Belichick now has one more appearance in the Super Bowl appearance to his name, another loss last year, but an AFC Championship is something that can’t be taken away. By all numbers he is one of the top five most successful head-coach’s of all time. If the Patriots were to win the Super Bowl, I still believe that Bill Belichick would call it a career. What more would the man have to accomplish? This, of course, would put New England into scramble mode. The fans would yell for the return of Bill O’ Brien or the promotion of Josh McDaniels just to keep some continuity. There would probably even be a small group of insane Patriots fans who would advocate Tom Brady becoming the player-coach in the most ridiculous calls into “Felger and Mazz” of all time. Trust me, these would happen. There is another name out there, a head-coach who stresses the same up-tempo offensive style that the New England Patriots have come to know and love over the year. It is a man that has been linked to the NFL a couple of times over the past two seasons and is a local-New England bot. I’m talking, of course, about University of Oregon’s head-coach Chip Kelly. In fact, it seems to be exactly what has held up Chip Kelly inking his name to offer sheets from numerous NFL teams. According to a NESN report, the Patriots are Chip Kelly’s dream job. John Canzano of The Oregonian believes that Kelly, who even visited with the Patriots this offseason, “absolutely wants … the [job] currently held by 60-year-old three-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Belichick, who is as close to Kelly in his monomaniacal drive and ultimate hands-on style as there is in sports.” After all, it’s “the dream gig of every little kid who grows up in New England,” as Canzano points out, while adding that ”Belichick has unique control of Robert Kraft‘s franchise in the same way Kelly does at Oregon.” My guess is that you are thinking there is no way it would ever work. At Oregon, Kelly employs a spread-read option attack that if in use with the Patriots would probably lead to poor Tom Brady getting killed on the field either due to exhaustion or a hit from Bernard Pollard. It is percieved as a gimmick offense that would never work in the NFL with “normal” NFL players. It is naive to think that is the offense that Kelly would employ once he finally gets an NFL gig. In fact, Kelly and Belichick have talked about how the Oregon system works in terms of the speed and pace so that the Patriots could employ it in their no-huddle attack. What the Patriots currently do is likely something that Kelly would employ at the NFL level. It would be a no-huddle attack that emphasizes finding the favorable match-ups and exploiting them, no different than what the Patriots or the Ducks currently do. For the running game, Kelly would simply employ more shifts than the Patriots currently do and more zone-blocking schemes. In reality, the Oregon attack is simply a more run oriented-version of what the New England Patriots currently use on offense. It would help Chip Kelly that the Patriots already would have offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and top-five quarterback of all time Tom Brady still in tow. If there are issues, it is on the defensive side of the ball, but there are quick fixes there too. Kelly is an offensive genius and would need a defensive coordinator who knows the Patriots schemes and has a sense of the personal. Kelly might want to bring his own guy in, but if the relationship with Belichick is as good as it seems to be, it almost seems as if Kelly would be all for hiring a Belichick disciple. Someone like Romeo Crennel, who as Patriots defensive coordinator was much more successful than he ever was as a head-coach, could fit right into the Patriots organization. All Patriots’ fans are hoping for this season to end with Belichick clutching the Vince Lombardi trophy with confetti showering around them in the same place where the dynasty began 10 years ago. It would be quite a complete circle for the New England Patriots winning their fourth Super Bowl in New Orleans. It would seem the perfect time for Belichick to step away from the game and the Patriots to begin their search into the next decade. All they need to do is look to the Pacific Northwest for their man.
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