All of the outrage over an old-ish head coach stepping all the way down to take a soft consulting/coordinating job is just a little a lot. Chip Kelly going from head coach of the UCLA Bruins to operating some of the proficient offenses within the nation at Ohio State is precisely how I’d wish to spend my twilight years if I used to be a soccer coach.
Give it some thought. Chip doesn’t have to fret a few roster full of youngsters flirting with the switch portal, who’s getting how a lot NIL cash, or stand in entrance of the firing squad following losses. Nor does Kelly should face a youthful model of himself at USC yearly, work out the mechanisms of adjusting conferences, or foyer for his workforce’s spot within the Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings. He’s 60 for Christ’s sake.
That is serendipitous for Kelly, who solely acquired the job as a result of Invoice O’Brien determined to get again into teaching full-time, and ghosted the Buckeyes to attempt to resurrect Boston Faculty. After flaming out as a head coach within the NFL, O’Brien spent the previous three to 4 years doing what Kelly is about to do: Run a top-tier group with little to no accountability.
Life as a retread coach is freaking superior. I want each washed-up coach had the self-awareness of Kelly. He is aware of he peaked at Oregon, misplaced his fastball in Philly, and will in all probability get one good yr out of each 4 tries in L.A. till ultimately, the AD fires him. Why undergo all that arduous work and stress if it’s clear you gained’t get to the promised land because the de facto chief?
Take a look at Dan Quinn. Certain, he’s going to f—okay up Washington, however the previous few years operating the Cowboys’ protection have been the perfect of his life. He acquired to take a seat in a set, be the cool uncle along with his hat on backward, coach Micah Parsons, and fail upward after giving up 48 factors to a quarterback making his first profession playoff begin. That may very well be Chip in a few years if he actually needed it, and who is aware of if he does.
So cease being so sanctimonious about Kelly allegedly abandoning his workforce. If something, he’s doing the Bruins a favor by stepping apart upon realizing his coronary heart isn’t in it. Nobody needs to work for a boss who’s not invested — until you’re additionally not invested, which, in that case, an uninvested boss is the best boss.
Nevertheless, that is faculty soccer the place the hopes, desires, and optimism of youth haven’t been suffocated by the dregs of existence. The quantity of engagement required by Gen Z is exhausting. Nobody needs to do TikToks and ham it up for cellphone cameras. Let Kelly kick it in a field, visor unfastened, and draw up performs on cocktail napkins.
It seems like he’s getting into his John Daly/Don Nelson part, the place he will get to indicate up, spout out some catchphrases, and get a ton of credit score for merely “nonetheless doing it.” Are you aware what sort of luxurious it’s to have somebody as above-average as Chip Kelly calling performs? It’s just like Bobby Flay operating your grill station.
Certain, you’d by no means entrust him with the whole menu, however he can sear the bejesus out of a flank steak when it’s his sole duty. Belief me, UCLA, you’re higher off with a contemporary begin.
Patrick Beverley … good lord
On the listing of issues the Milwaukee Bucks wanted, Patrick Beverley was second to final (proper forward of Doc Rivers). Ah, sure, nothing ingratiates your self to new teammates like grabbing a clipboard and performing such as you haven’t been on six completely different rosters since 2020.
I’d say Pat Bev ought to hold it up, however the longer he’s on a roster the much less likelihood of me having to combination his First Take claims.