It was interesting to see that new San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly has hired former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil to be their new coordinator. After Mike Vrabel turned him down to retain with the Houston Texans and likely replace Romeo Crennel when he retires, he could have went to his former staff at the Philadelphia Eagles to get his former coordinator.
His defenses with the Browns finished 23rd and 27th in the league respectively.
Billy Davis, whose still unemployed and has been in the league longer, could have been hired by Kelly. Unless, of course, Kelly didn’t like the way Davis was as his defensive coordinator for the past three-years.
Shortly after Kelly was hired by the Eagles after leaving the Oregon Ducks, he hired Davis to be his defensive coordinator. In their three-years together, the Eagles defense was 29th, 28th, and 30th.
Also, if he was hired by Kelly and the 49ers, it would have been a homecoming of sorts. Davis was previously the team’s defensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006.
The defensive coordinator job on his staff is supposed to be the most important since Kelly will lead the offensive side of the ball. However, with this inexperience by O’Neil, it may come to hurt him in the long-run and may cost him another NFL job.
“There are going to be weeks when we’re going to win games 7-6,” Kelly said recently. “And there are going to be weeks when we win games 57-56.”
However, when the Eagles scored 20 or fewer points, they were 0-13 under Kelly, who is supposed to have a powerful offense.
So, it’ll be interesting to see if we’re right with this inexperienced hire, or if Kelly, who is supposed to be very knowledgable about the game, makes us look bad.
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