Did Success of Wilson and Kaepernick in Playoffs Sway Kelly to NFL?

We watched Russell Wilson orchestrate a terrific playoff comeback against the Redskins in the opening round of the playoffs. Then, we watched him almost do it again last weekend against the Atlanta Falcons.

We also watched 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick light up the Green Bay Packers in what was one of the more remarkable performances by a signal caller in postseason history. And so as Kaepernick torched the Packers to the tune of 263 yards passing and two touchdowns while breaking the single-game rushing record by a quarterback, totaling 181 yards and two scores, it’s almost certain that new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly took notice.

Tony Dungy, for one, seems to think so. Here’s what he told The Dan Patrick Show:

“I know all the players and everyone around the University of Oregon was shocked. They wouldn’t have been shocked if it had happened 12 days ago because Chip had said, ‘Hey, I’m going to take a look at these things.’ And I talked to him at that time, we talked about a few things about NFL football versus college football and that kind of thing. And I was convinced he had decided to stay. He just thought he was in a great situation and I thought that was that. But I have a guess. And I could be wrong, I don’t know, it’s just a guess. But I’ll ask you, Dan: Could it be that Chip Kelly watched the playoffs and watched Russell Wilson run a little bit of his read option in the spread offense, and watched Colin Kaepernick run a little bit more of it?”

From this perspective, it’s hard to believe a small sampling of games was what pushed Kelly to make the jump to the NFL. One thing is for sure–if it was Colin Kapernick or Russell Wilson that grabbed Kelly’s attention, then things probably don’t look good for second-year quarterback Nick Foles.

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