CHIP KELLY CHIP KELLY CHIP KELLY CHIP KELLY!
Scott Frost for OC.
The fact that his offense is completely different than anything in the NFL is THE BIGGEST REASON WHY HE WILL SUCCEED. Chip Kelly is playing football in 2012, where college offenses have slowly rolled together nearly all the successful offensive schemes of the past into a delicious casserole of yards and points. The old boys network of the NFL is largely playing football in the 80s and 90s, only worse: The two-back smashmouth, one back zone run and west coast short passing offenses (and now even some rudimentary spread offense concepts) have all piled together into an amorphous blob of crappy, directionless offense. Few teams have any 'identity' on offense and only a tiny handful of elite drop-back quarterbacks can overcome the fact that the schemes are sub-optimal.
Meanwhile, and perhaps more damning: In a league where the majority of teams are desperate to improve their Quarterback play, wildy talented playmakers who "don't fit the mold" are either being wholly dismissed out of hand (Tim Tebow?) or unsuccessfully shoehorned into a box (the 'pocket' quarterback) that only serves to constrain their talents and reduce their teams' chances to win. This 'pocket' quarterback definition fits Tom Brady and Peyton Manning like a tailor-made suit; And, with some alterations, can be made to drape very nicely on guys like Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. The problem arises when Tebow, or Cam Newton or Mike Vick goes to try it on: the clothes clearly don't fit. Sure, the supreme talent of a Cam Newton might have you momentarily convinced that he can pull off that Peyton Manning suit; until Cam turns to the side and you see his special talents bursting through at the seams, and worse: the fit of the suit is drawing unwanted attention to some of Cam's 'less flattering' features.
It's 'Moneyball' all over again, with an entire league of "experts" lining up to naysay the guy brave enough to try something different, while silently fearing for their jobs just in case the mad-scientist suddenly makes them all look like dinosaurs. Meanwhile: perfectly good players are watching their talent go to waste because they are 'undersized' or 'played in a gimmicky offense' or 'have poor throwing mechanics' or whatever other meaningless pile of scoutspeak that someone has used to seal the NFL fate of a player who didn't look the part.
So yeah, cast my vote for Chip Kelly. We're the Cleveland Browns. We've had 1 fluke winning season in 10. In the 13 seasons since the re-launch, we've averaged just over 5 wins a year. AND that is after factoring in the two outlier above .500 seasons! We honestly can't get any worse... It took the lions 3 seasons to go from an 0-16 nightmare to the playoffs, while Browns fans would celebrate 7-9
But hey, maybe I'm wrong, maybe Chip Kelly will spectacularly fail in the NFL. But ask yourself this: after more than a decade of consistent uninteresting, uninspiring, difficult-to-watch Browns football, we're already a failure. Wouldn't you rather we be a spectacular one?