Chances are if (when) LSU does indeed fire Les Miles after 11 seasons, they’ll be taking a major step back at the head coaching spot.
That is unless the Tigers are secretly working on bringing in one person in particular, current Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
I’m on record as saying Miles is the third best college football coach in the country behind Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, and when he was coaching at Oregon, Kelly was not too far behind.
The only reason it’s fair to bring up Kelly is because whatever he’s doing in Philadelphia isn’t working. Almost every move he’s made over the last two seasons has backfired, and the Eagles are paying the price on the field.
Trading LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso hasn’t worked, Sam Bradford is stunningly still injury prone, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson haven’t been replaced in the offense, Ryan Matthews continues to live up to his injury history, and DeMarco Murray does not resemble the player the Eagles thought they were getting from Dallas.
It’s safe to say that if the Eagles don’t make it to the playoffs this season, Kelly could be gone, and yes, every college with an opening would be foolish not to take a look. USC has already been strongly linked to Kelly, despite how much he wants to deny it.
During his time at Oregon, he took the Ducks to their first Rose Bowl since 1995, their first Rose Bowl win since 1917, and took them to their first ever national title game following the 2010 season. In his four seasons in Eugene, Kelly went 46-7, good for an .868 winning percentage.
It’s suffice it to say Kelly put Oregon on the map and made the Ducks a household name in college football. What he did at Oregon was special, and he’d be a perfect fit for LSU, or as perfect as you can get after firing Miles.
LSU’s Achilles’ heel is offensive production and putting up points on a consistent basis. Currently, LSU has the 66th best offense in division 1-A totaling 4,282 yards on the season, and ranks 52nd in the country averaging 31.9 points per game which sounds a lot better than it actually is.
A strong argument can be made that Kelly is one of the best offensive minds in all of football, capable of turning LSU’s strength into a weakness instantly. His fast paced, spread offensive style allowed Oregon to be the premier scoring offense in the country. Kelly’s teams at Oregon consistently averaged over 40 points, and nearly 500 yards of total offense per game. That’s uncanny.
So if LSU is truly serious about getting rid of Les Miles which I believe would be the absolutely wrong decision, one of the few people the Tigers could bring in that would make some sort of sense is Kelly.
But as we’ve seen with Charlie Strong and Texas, it’s rare when you fire your coach you get your first choice, and the likelihood of Kelly bolting Philly for Baton Rouge appears slim.