After three seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly this past Tuesday. Kelly had led the Eagles to consecutive 10-6 seasons since his hiring in 2013 and were predicted by many to play in Super Bowl 50. However, after an offseason that saw several controversial personnel changes — most notably trading running back LeSean McCoy — and an underachieving 6-9 record heading into the last week of the season, the Eagles decided it was best to part ways with the former Oregon Ducks coach.
That Oregon connection may lead Kelly to his next coaching stint. Tennessee Titans quarterback and 2015 NFL Draft second overall pick Marcus Mariota was recruited by Kelly at Oregon. During the 2015 NFL Draft, the Eagles were proposing a trade with the Titans to move up in the draft to pick the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner. It is unlikely that Kelly will find another coaching job at the college level as most high profile schools have already filled their coaching vacancies so an opportunity to coach his former star quarterback in a weak AFC South makes Nashville a very likely landing spot for Kelly as he continues his NFL coaching career.