Oller’s Second Thoughts: Who’s the boss? Chip Kelly working with Ryan Day fun to watch

Chip Kelly owns a reputation, exaggerated as it may be, of being “out there.” But the new Ohio State offensive coordinator does not have his head in the clouds so much as having it above the clouds. The mind of the 60-year-old coach operates in the upper atmosphere of football strategy, in a galaxy far, far away from conventional thinking.

And that’s why Kelly’s tenure in Columbus is going to be interesting to watch. The Obi-Wan of offense will be learning under Luke, not the other way around.

Pass the popcorn. The show is about to begin.

How is this going to work? That’s my big question. Not whether the Buckeyes will score more with Kelly running the show – they should – or whether Kelly can bring more blunt force to an offense that needs it – he can. What intrigues me is how well Ryan Day’s former boss adjusts to serving his new superior. And how Day handles managing his good friend.

Nov 4, 2023; Tucson, Arizona, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly on the sidelines during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly was Day’s offensive coordinator when the coach and the young quarterback worked together at New Hampshire from 1998-2001. Kelly was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 when he hired Day as his quarterbacks coach, then repeated the hire in 2016 as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Now, after giving up his head coaching job at UCLA to downsize to the role of offensive coordinator, Kelly for the first time will be taking orders from his former apprentice.

Can it work? Of course. And I would expect it to go off without much of a hitch. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be some growing pains. Human nature suggests as much. Consider a scenario where you become your boss’s boss. Awkward.

“Hey, Chip, I need you to fly to San…


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Publish date : 2024-02-12 17:19:27

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