Will Chip Kelly Get Fired 2?

[About a year ago, when Chip Kelly was with the Eagles, I wrote why Chip Kelly could get fired. He was indeed fired before the season ended. Fast forward 1 year, he’s with the 49ers and struggling to show any sign of improvement. So, here I am discussing once again about his future.]

On one hand, one might think that the 49ers’ head coach Chip Kelly should be fired immediately because – 

  • He is 1-6. There’s very little hope for 6-10 or 8-8, let alone playoffs.
  • Offense has been impotent. They are almost at the bottom in all offensive categories. His innovative offense failed miserably.
  • There’s no sign of improvement.
  • There’s is no spirit/energy around the team right now sitting at 1-6. Look at the 0-7 Cleveland: They still have so much energy in that team. The players are playing hard, the coach is working his tail offs, the fans are excited because most of the games were very close.

But on the other hand  –

  • This is Kelly’s first year with the 49ers and he’s still installing his system: Players are still learning. He didn’t have Kapernick for the offseason at all due to his injury.
  • The team doesn’t have a lot of talents to work with. Although often times Kelly wants to prove that he can do well with sub par players because his system is superior, but GM Baalke (and the owner for that matter) knows they have some big holes in both sides of the ball.
  • Kaepernick is not playing good in relief of Gabbert. He was benched last year for a reason. Christian Ponder, the 3rd stringer does also has limited ceiling: Once again there’s a reason he got booted out of Minnesota.
  • They lost a few games because of the defense – and Chip Kelly is not directly responsible for that.
  • Their schedule is relatively difficult – being in the NFC West (Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks) and playing those teams twice is no joke. They are also playing AFC East (Patriots, Bills, Dolphins, Jets) and NFC South (Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Buccaneers) – where most of the teams are playing at a high level.
  • GM Baalke will not take the risk of firing 3 head coaches in 3  years. His personnel decisions have been under serious scrutiny before, but 3rd time might just be a charm.
  • Unlike in Philadelphia, Kelly does have good relations with the front office and the players. He’s handling the presses extremely well.

Thus, it is highly unlikely Chip Kelly will get fired at the end of the season.

Mallett Ready to Hammer It?

  1. About 5 years ago, it was said that the 2011 QB class was very strong. It indeed was. Four QBs were picked within 1st twelve picks and 2 more in the high second rounds. So, a total of 6 QBs were selected in 1st  two rounds!
  2. The draft experts put both Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert to be high 1st rounders, if not 1st two overall picks. A lot of experts even put Gabbert ahead of Cam Newton.
  3. Surprisingly, there was no love at all for Ryan Mallett. All experts kept saying he had serious character issues.
  4. To me, Ryan Mallett was the most NFL ready QB that year. He had the strongest arm (with good accuracy) in that class by a big margin. Actually, not only 2011 draft class, I think he had the strongest arms of all QBs since Joe Flacco (2008 draft). Rumor has it that Mallett can throw the ball upto 80 yards.
  5. Mallett and Flacco are very similar when it comes to measurables though. Both are 6’6″ tall and both weigh about 245 pounds.  Likewise, I am sure they will get a tie in terms of arm strengths.
  6. The reason I put him ahead of Flacco is because of his swagger, command, and leadership. He had this toughness and presence in his playing style, that he is embraced as a natural leader. When the Patriots picked him up. I honestly thought he was gonna de-throne Tom Brady!
  7. What happened to the so called character issues with Ryan Mallett? Five years have passed and Mallett survived the toughest organization, the Patriots without any character questions. I want to ask those so called talent evaluators why they robbed a talent like Mallett of being picked up in high first rounds (and forget about the contract money he missed out on)? They almost ruined his career, and for no real reason!
  8. Couple of days ago, Mallett was declared as the starter for the Houston Texans. Here is why Mallett will succeed in Houston offense this year: (1) it is hard earned; he wouldn’t take it for granted (2) He would be more confident, because now he knows coach believes he will outplay Hoyer (3) He is going to be on a longer leash, because coach O’Brian won’t bench him with the fear of being known as noncommittal (4) Receiving corpse is going to help: Hopkins, Shorts III, Jaelen Strong (5) Running game is going to pick up

2015 Week 1 Thursday Night Recap: Tom Brady is the GOAT

  1. Tom Brady started where he left off last year. He threw 4 touchdown passes with almost perfect completion percentage in Patriot’s win today in the opening night of 2015 NFL regular season.
  2. As said by the NBC analyst, Brady was able to contain his emotions despite the long and rough off season. He fired up the fans in the Gillette Stadium before the kick off which showed how emotional he was after being through the Deflategate allegations.
  3. Nothing to take away from Brady and the Patriots offense, but Steelers defense made tons of mistakes throughout the game. Gronkowski was left completely unguarded for a number of plays.
  4. I regret not taking Gronkowski as number 1 pick in any of my fantasy football leagues. I thought about it, but then the injury concern got me. He had a whopping 3 TD game.
  5. Gronkowski also played an important role in Patriot’s win by recovering a fumble by Dion Lewis.
  6. Steeler’s offense clicked pretty good despite the absence of few starters. Ben played a solid game and so did DeAngelo Williams and all the wide receivers. Two missed field goal hunted them towards the end.
  7. DeAngelo Williams’ outing was pretty inspiring. He lost some weight after being cut by the Panthers and his improved physical abilities were visible. Good for all the fantasy owners who played them today.
  8. The crowd’s chant of “Where is Roger” was fun to hear. Wonder what would Goodell do had he been in the stadium.
  9. Mike Tomlin’s complains over the communication issues were interesting given all these talks about the Patriot’s visitor’s locker room issues that ESPN/Sport Illustrated put out last few weeks.