Chip Kelly is the perfect example of why I always scratch my head when a football coach has the world by the sack at his current job, but still decides that the grass is going to be greener somewhere else. Yes, I know, money and ego are the reasons why. It doesn’t make it any less stupid in most cases.
As head coach of the Oregon Ducks, Kelly led his team to BCS games in each of his four seasons. He won three Pac-12 conference championships and a conference division title. He was named Coach of the Year by pretty much every media outlet in 2010 after taking the Ducks to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. He was the king of the state, especially after becoming the only Oregon coach to have an undefeated record against school rivals Oregon State and Washington.
Then the NFL came calling, as well as the NCAA, which levied an 18-month show-cause penalty against him for Oregon’s use of football scouting services.
Three years with the Eagles (29-21 record, 6-9 when fired in 2015), plus one season with the 49ers (2-14, including a 13-game losing streak), and Kelly was back in college as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins… who are now 0-3 under his tutleage.
And people are not happy with him. Especially the father of UCLA Bruins freshman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Michael Robinson.
Not that he always disliked Kelly.
However, after the Bruins’ third straight loss to open the season, Michael Robinson’s patience has apparently run out.
The straw that broke the camel’s back for Robinson was a tweet by Bruin Report Online which read, “Dorian Thompson-Robinson has, admittedly, not had a good night. But this doesn’t look like an offense with a well-conceived passing game. Routes are jammed together, nobody goes vertical and clears out the safeties.”
“He is speaking on and about the factual… It is all about the coaching, lousy coaching and play calling… Coaching that is so bad that it demands closed practices… Million dollar coach who bares [sic] no responsibility… Just random observations from a frustrated dad!” Robinson tweeted in response.
Another Bruins Report Online tweet also merited a dig at head coach Chip Kelly. It read, “Chip Kelly confronts Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the sideline after the freshman QB’s first career INT. Tensions boiling over for UCLA.”
Robinson responded, “Look, coach Kelly, if you wish to call him this is 4 and 26 for his last offensively called football games… Dorian has only played in 3 of the last 30 games… Can you say duped!”
He wasn’t done there, however, as he again responded to a tweet about Coach Kelly with some scathing criticism.
“His years at Oregon was [sic] simply a fluke on his part… I am sure that he stood on the shoulders of the actual player callers… Random thoughts, outside looking in, closed practices,” he wrote.
Bet that Ducks job he gave up is looking pretty good to Chip Kelly right about now.