February 08, 2017
When the Alabama Crimson Tide take on Florida State this September, Nick Saban will run out his third offensive coordinator in three games. After three successful seasons, Lane Kiffin was told to start at Florida Atlantic the week Bama played the national title game. Steve Sarkisian? Well, after pinch-hitting (and striking out) in the championship, Saban found out Sark was too much like Kiffin for his liking.
Which all leads us to a magical report from Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman:
Names I'm told could get consideration for #Alabama OC: Mark Helfrich, Chip Kelly & George Godsey who is tight with OL coach Brent Key.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2017
Sports can mean many things to different people, but at their core, they’re entertainment. And with that in mind, Saban and Alabama need to do the rest of the country a solid, back up the truck and hire Chip Kelly to run the Tide offense.
For one thing, Saban and Kelly are friends! Shortly after the Eagles fired Chip last year, Kelly went down to Tuscaloosa and visited with the Alabama staff:
"Well, Chip Kelly is a good friend of myself and a lot of coaches on our staff, and he just happened to be in the area and he stopped by and visited with us for a little bit," Saban said Saturday morning, "and not really anything of significance relative to this game."
Also, take a look at Saban’s statement after Sarkisian skipped town:
“As always, we will use it an opportunity to go out and hire the best coach available.” Who is better than the guy who was breaking scoreboards at Oregon? And who better understands that coaching in the NFL is an entirely different animal than Nick Saban?
Remember, Saban didn’t treat Kiffin, who had been the head coach of Tennessee, USC, and the Oakland Raiders, with kid gloves. Can you imagine him giving Chip, someone with just as big of an ego, one of his patented “ass-chewings?” The internet, along with every Eagles fan, would self-combust:
Nope, you probably can’t imagine that happening. Maybe he would just get the silent treatment:
If Kelly were willing to take a year break and simply tour campuses and NFL facilities, he would almost assuredly have his pick of high-level college jobs at the end of next season. Considering that he’s still collecting paychecks from his last two NFL jobs, Kelly sure isn’t hurting for money either.
But Chip is a football coach, and unlike the average person, the idea of a yearlong vacation might not appeal to him as much. You know what isn't on vacation? Football. Even though Chip would likely only be at Bama for a year, I would imagine that the opportunity to coach talent like Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarborough is pretty appealing.
There are one million reasons why it won’t happen. There are probably double as many why it shouldn’t happen. It doesn’t matter, though.
Get it done, Saban.
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