Wednesday, January 2, 2013
AFC West not in on Chip Kelly
By Bill Williamson
Chip Kelly is set to talk to nearly half the teams looking for a head coach.
However, the Oregon coach’s dance card does not currently include any AFC West teams. USA Today is reporting the offensive innovators will talk to Buffalo, Cleveland and Philadelphia. There are seven job openings including spots in San Diego and Kansas City.
The Chargers and Chiefs theoretically could be added to the list of Kelly pursuers at any time. But I’d be surprised if either team joins the fray.
He doesn’t seem like a typical financial or physical fit for either team right now. Yes, both teams will likely want to hire offensive coaches. But the Chiefs and Chargers are looking elsewhere.
It’s clear Kansas City is focusing on Andy Reid. He met with the Chiefs all day Wednesday and it could come down to Reid making a decision between the Cardinals and the Chiefs. If Reid goes to Arizona, perhaps the Chiefs will re-think their plan.
The Chargers, meanwhile, are concentrating on their general manager search and then they will commence their coaching search. It doesn’t appear a coach like Kelly will fit the structure they want to follow. While anything can change, I’m not surprised the AFC West is not involved in the Kelly pursuit.
In other AFC West news:
As expected, the Jets have former San Diego coach Norv Turner on their short list to be their new offensive coordinator. Turner will not have a shortage of opportunities.
In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper recognizes some AFC West rookies for their strong seasons .