Chip Kelly's Oregon tenure was as prolific a four-year stretch we've seen west of the Mississippi since Pete Carroll's USC years. Losing just seven times in four seasons, Kelly's teams finished with a top four ranking in three different seasons, and never finished lower than No. 11. He was blessed with a Heisman winner in Marcus Mariota and made the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship.
His UCLA career, however, has been a nightmare. After starting QB Wilton Speight was lost for the season with an injury, true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson has helped Kelly's team to a winless September.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson hit his receiver on the head LMAOOOO pic.twitter.com/SftHlROF3t— New Account (@ftbeard_17) September 29, 2018
Kelly's recruiting has been called into question of late as well. For a proud program that can boast the city of Los Angeles as a selling point, Kelly sure is having a hard time getting big recruits to commit to come to Westwood.
Not off to a great start. https://t.co/AzkBJUfEWT— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) October 5, 2018
While other Pac-12 schools have offered around 200 players, UCLA has extended scholarship overtures to just 67. Their poor recruiting progress could be due to several factors. Principally, Kelly was never himself a dynamic recruiter, and his relatively hands-off approach just won't fly at a school that isn't exactly a powerhouse. It could be that Kelly thinks he's the smartest guy in the room and will still somehow overcome these deficiencies; UCLA is the wrong place for that kind of mindset.
All told, Kelly needs to step it up. After losing Josh Rosen to the NFL, UCLA was sure to be a rebuilding project. Kelly was brought in to attract dynamic players to the Bruins program and construct another offensive juggernaut.
If he can't recruit or win with what Jim Mora Jr. left, than he could see himself falling out of favor sooner rather than later.