Ask not for whom the seat’s hot… it’s hot for three

We’ve talked on end about how fickle the sports world is and how quickly things can change.

Whether you’re talking pro sports or collegiate, fans, alumni, boosters and owners all want to know what you have done for them lately.  If lose is your answer, you’re as good as gone.

There are three once, incredibly popular gentlemen in their respective towns that are so close to being released from their positions, it wouldn’t surprise me if they’re packing boxes as we speak.

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m talking about Chip Kelly, Les Miles and Johnny Manziel.

Chip Kelly left the University of Oregon about three years ago.  While never winning a national championship there, Kelly built the program into a consistent national powerhouse.  When Kelly skedaddled to the NFL, and more specifically the Philadelphia Eagles, he was going to be the umpteenth coach to implement the spread offense into the league… but the first to do so successfully.

I never believed that for one second.

Here’s the interesting thing though.  Most Philadelphia Eagles fans did.  They bought it hook, line and stinker.  It’s as if they hadn’t been watching pro football for years.  Oh wait, they haven’t.  They’re Eagles fans.

Chip Kelly went 10-6 his first two years in Philly but has yet to make a dent in the playoffs.  Amid as of yet unfounded rumors that he’s a racist as well as cutting half the talent on his roster, his gloss has started to wear thin.  These days, it’s safe to say he’s no longer getting a Balboa’s welcome in the City of Brotherly Love.  Last Sunday’s 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have sealed his fate.

There is no longer a single Eagles fan who hopes he sticks around for a fourth season.  He’s been rumored to the vacant USC job or the perhaps vacant LSU job.  I’m pretty sure Eagles fans will gladly help him pack.

Chip's asleep

Speaking of LSU, only one month ago, the Tigers were the second ranked college team in the nation.  Then they traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and saw their prized running back, Leonard Fournette, rush 19 times for 31 yards in a game that may have cost him millions of dollars and certainly a draft spot or two.  Since then, they’ve lost three straight football games (unacceptable at LSU) and sit in fifth place in the SEC West (also unacceptable at LSU).

The Get Miles Out winds have been so strong lately that the school is rumored to be willing to cut him a $15 million check just to get him out the door, kind of like Derek Jeter giving his women gift bags as he kicks them out after a brief roll in the hay.  I guess that national championship Les won eight years ago only carries so much weight.

Les leads lsu

And then there’s Johnny Football.

Johnny Manziel of the retired money sign won a Heisman Trophy for Texas A&M in 2012.  In keeping with the Cleveland Browns tradition of doing really stupid things, they drafted him in the first round, thinking he would be yet another among a long (and ultimately pathetic) list of quarterbacks to turn the franchise around.

Since draft day, we have seen more highlights of Johnny Football partying in Las Vegas night clubs than we have of him winning football games in Cleveland.

Manziel was slated to start this Monday night in place of the injured Josh McCown.  Cleveland Browns Coach Mike Pettine quickly put an end to that decision once another video of Manziel surfaced drinking booze and mouthing words to bad hip-hop.  This guy knows more about champagne than he does his own playbook.  And it’s the Browns playbook.  How complicated can it be?  You can probably color that thing in.  I believe TMZ has its own division dedicated to covering Johnny Manziel.  That’s actually a joke but it wouldn’t surprise you one bit if they had one, would it?

Johnny Be Bad

These three gentlemen’s seats are hotter than the Golden State Warriors but not in a good way.  It is highly likely all three will be playing or coaching elsewhere next season, if not sooner.  And Philly, Baton Rouge and Cleveland couldn’t be happier about it.

Miles and Kelly will be fine.  They’ve already made their money and established their reputations.  As for Manziel, his fifteenth minute cannot come soon enough.  His situation is far more tenuous and his reason for dismissal far different from the other two.  While Kelly and Miles will land another cushy coaching gig and likely make contenders out of those programs in no time, Manziel better hope he’s on Floyd Mayweather’s or Justin Bieber’s payroll.

Otherwise TMZ will lose interest in him just like the rest of us have.

6 thoughts on “Ask not for whom the seat’s hot… it’s hot for three

  1. Some things to remember: Les Miles is still good for 9-10 wins a year…to boot him would be an absolute travesty. Yes, we SEC fans get a lil uppity at times, but we would all do well to understand that these things are cyclical…and that we can survive another conference’s period of dominance. Chip Kelly has a lot of new pieces that might need a season to completely gel. This Philly fan says give him one more year before roasting his ass on Broad St…I mean, we gave Ray Rhodes 4 years after all…and, finally, Johnny Manziel will be fine if football doesnt work out for him. He’s the rich child of a Texas oilman…they usually do o.k. in life…at least, as long as they don’t become president…

  2. Storms…

    I agree with you on Miles. They’ll be sorry if they let him go but hey, that’ll be good for the other teams in the conference who now finally have a shot to beat LSU.

    Don’t forget, my friend, you are picking NFL games for us in Week 14.

  3. I’m guessing this will be a “parting ways” in the off-season rather than a firing or an I quit situation, Dubs.

    But let me ask you this.

    Why did so many Eagles fans buy into the Kelly experiment? Was it strictly desperation?

  4. Miles and staff leave much to be desired in clock management… But get rid of him? Are they fkn nuts? What Saban like god is left to fill his spot? The once proud program will slip into mediocrity if he goes.

    Chip Kelly has just been added to the list of collegiate coaches failing at the pro level. It took Petey Carroll 2 times to finally get it right.

    The women beaters and abusers absolutely love Johnny Football, It takes the heat off of them. Ain’t that right Greg?

  5. Gotta say, Bets.

    Hardy was pretty silent last night in a game against his former team.

    I hope you’ve been taking advantage of the money Vegas has been allowing us all to win on the Panthers. Four straight covers, at least, from what I can tell.

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