It's an unorthodox move to say the least in bringing the 52 year old former offensive coordinator and head coach to the NFL as a coordinator. In a weird set of circumstances the coach's most controversial move while leading the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was cutting former University of Hawaii standout Timmy Chang and trading for former Panthers forth round pick Stefan LeFors, a move that ultimately contributed to him being fired.
Kelly is definitely not a household name stateside, but he sure is in CFL circles and from what I can ascertain he's seen as somewhat of a Mike Leach type genius, but with some distinct quirks too. So let's look a little bit more at Kelly, after the jump.
Tip of the hat to jkp1516 for finding the original source.
Perhaps the most astonishing stat of Kelly's is his CFL is his single game offensive record from back in 1994 when the Blue Bombers achieved almost 800 yards of total offense in a single game with QB Matt Dunigan passing for an astonishing 713 yards.
During his tenure as OC for the Blue Bombers from 1992-1996 they captured three division titles and appeared in the Grey Cup (Canada's Superbowl) two times.
From Canada Kelly bounced around college programs, offensive assistant roles and a XFL before appearing back in the CFL in 2008 as a WR coach for the Edmonton Eskimos before getting another HC job returning to the Blue Bombers in 2009. That team went 7-11 in their 18 game season and Kelly was fired.
This man is an absolute enigma, hailed as both a genius and as slightly insane. While I don't necessarily understand the appeal of Mike Kelly, at least we can see the Carolina Panthers are casting a very wide net to find someone to lead the offense.