Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt has a new head coach on his Christmas list. Hunt has already begun his search in Oregon. Several media outlets in the great northwest are reporting that Hunt has visited with Oregon Duck’s head coach Chip Kelly twice in the last month.
Oregon is also looking down the barrel at possible NCAA investigation after allegedly making payments to a Houston based recruiting service. Timing wise, Kelly is ready to make the jump to the NFL. Kelly’s 45 wins and only 7 losses at Oregon in four years are very impressive. The Oregon Duck hurry up spread offensive has been very successful in the college ranks.
With the Chiefs desperate to fix their ailing offense, Kelly would be an ideal candidate. However he will probably have other suitors as well. The Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers could be players as well.
Even though he hasn’t coached a down in the NFL, Kelly would come with a high price tag. A price that some wonder if Hunt would be willing to pay.
However, being the first in line to talk to Kelly is a positive sign for Chief’s fans.
Current Chief’s head coach Romeo Crennel has had a very difficult year. Along with watching linebacker Jovan Belcher commit suicide in front of his very eyes, Crennel has had to deal with extremely poor quarterback play and a team that doesn’t know how to win.
All signs point to Crennel being asked to step down at the end of the season.
General Manager Scott Pioli’s future with the Chief’s seems to be more stable than most fans would like. Pioli and Hunt are good friends, and Hunt maybe inclined to keep him around, but reduce his overall control over the team.
Pioli’s head coach hiring abilities have been poor, and both Todd Haley and Crennel have been disappointing.
Therefore it makes sense that Hunt is out trying to find the right coach for his football team. A solid selling point for the Chiefs is the fact that whatever coach takes the reigns will get a very high draft pick. The team should get the number one pick in the draft if they lose their final two games of the year against Indianapolis and Denver.
Hunt has also confided with former Chief's Coach Marty Schottenheimer in regards to general manager decisions and finding the right personnel to make his team better. Schottenheimer's involvement is being looked at as a huge positive to Kansas City fans.
Many have great respect for Marty and his superb regular season winning record.
Kelly would need to overhaul the entire Kansas City offense and definitely find a quarterback for his system. The Chiefs are well behind the offensive curve when it comes to current NFL standards.
For the time being Crennel still has the job as head coach of the Chiefs, and he himself said last week that he has heard nothing regarding him being replaced.
However in two weeks he will be looking for the best defensive coordinating job available.