Indianapolis Colts: Does Chip Kelly make sense?

The Indianapolis Colts need a change in their organization at head coach but bringing in Chip Kelly would be the wrong move to make.

It’s no secret that the relationship between the Colts and head coach Chuck Pagano will more than likely be coming to an end soon. With one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history, the Colts are in a position to possibly clean house from a coaching staff perspective and rebuild from the top down in order to put the team in a better situation moving forward.

Of course with the way the NFL is these days, one never know what can happen. With the recent firing of head coach Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles, many are wondering the “what if?” scenario if owner Jim Irsay would consider bringing him into the mix to revitalize the Colts’ offense and much more.

While many feel that Kelly should probably head back to the college football scene after ruining the Eagles this season, remember that his tenure in Philadelphia was technically a successful one. In his few years there, he went 26-21, had two 10-win seasons and won the NFC East division title once.

Sure, his “mad scientist” ways of handling the Eagles’ roster might not have sat well with the franchise and fans but if Irsay wanted to see what he could do with the Colts’ roster, it could be another experiment that goes horribly wrong as well.

Kelly has a very narrow mind when it comes to how to run his football team. He’s not as much a players coach as he is one that breeds a culture to follow assignments and execute what you need to do. It’s all about execution of the playbook with him, not so much about the individual relationships with players to get the most out of them.

Pagano has had that with every single player on his roster and knowing how Kelly is, if Irsay were to bring him in, he would immediately start asking for the power to do as he pleases with personnel to again, fit his style of how a football team should operate. Even though Pagano is on the way out due to the Colts not being the powerhouse they were envisioned to be, they’d need another head coach that brings a different mindset across the organization.

Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors award ceremony at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It just seems like it would be a recipe for disaster as the cons definitely outweigh the pros. Considering that quarterback Andrew Luck had one of the worst seasons of his career due to miscues and injuries, he would regress under any gimmicky kind of offense that Kelly would want to install. Luck can go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, but putting Kelly in the mix would limit his potential to run offensive plays that don’t fully work at the NFL level like it does in college.

While a new head coach would make sense at this point in time for the Colts, the franchise should stay far away from Kelly. Even though he’s had success in the NFL to a degree, he’s left his imprint on the Eagles that will easily take a few years to recuperate from. In essence they have to start all over again because he got rid of many of their key athletes that brought them success in the past. The Colts have the right players in place to become contenders again, they just need a head coach with a little more fire and structure to lead the way.