Chip Kelly will make his NFL debut next season as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Kelly's NFL career nearly started much sooner, albeit it in a smaller capacity. In 2006, prior to taking over as offensive coordinator of the Oregon Ducks, Kelly was offered, and strongly considered, an offensive quality-control position with the New York Giants.
"One was to be quarterbacks coach and assistant offensive coordinator at Connecticut. The next, offered the year before he took the Oregon job, came from New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin – a quality-control job, at least to start. Both places were intrigued by the success of Kelly's fast-paced spread offense, yet the job descriptions seemed a hedged bet," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Kelly's good friend, Sean McDonnell, says that although both offers were intriguing, he just "wasn't comfortable" accepting either at the time. Instead, he signed on with Oregon and within two years became their head coach. The rest, as they say, is history.
Still, it's interesting to hear that Tom Coughlin, an old school football coach who shies away from trick plays and gimmick offenses, was intrigued with Kelly's resume enough to consider him for a job. And not just a casual assistants job, but one that had the opportunity for promotion – possibly even as high as offensive coordinator.
Alas, what's done is done. The Giants have Kevin Gilbride calling the plays, while the Eagles now have Kelly as their head coach. Still, we won't be able to stop Giants fans from dreaming about all the "what ifs."
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