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Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:10 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 9:35 pm
Chip Kelly is reportedly "close" to being the next Buccaneers coach. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching search has been quiet the last few days but on Sunday night a potentially earth-shaking report emerged that has Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly leaving his gig in Eugene to take a job with the Bucs.

That report comes from KGW Sports' Michael Berk who says that Kelly is "working to finalize a deal that would make him head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs."

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Berk adds that Kelly will "make the jump" if he can "come to terms on a contract," so let's hold the horses on assuming that this is a done deal, at least for now.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Tribune confirms Berk's report, noting that general manager Mark Dominik and the Glazer family met with Kelly "this past week" and that "both Kelly and the Bucs are proceeding down a path they mutually hope will result in an agreement in the next 24-48 hours."

And then there's this:

"We got Chip Kelly!... Let's go #Buccaneers," Bucs wide receiver Arrelious Benn tweeted Sunday night, before adding that he was only "asking" if the Bucs landed Kelly.

Kelly became the offensive coordinator for Oregon in 2007 and served in that position until head coach Mike Bellotti became the school's athletic director and Kelly took over as head coach.

He's won the PAC-10 Coach of the Year award twice and made a BCS bowl each of his three seasons at Oregon, in large part thanks to his high-powered spread offense that's piled up points for the Ducks since he came to Eugene.

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Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:22 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Well apparently this whole deal is squashed.... which I am delighted to hear as a Ducks fan!! And I couldnt agree with ya more.... unless there is something Kelly knows that we dont as far as sanctions go, what would be the point!  I was really hoping that this whole here today, gone tomorrow nonsense with College coaches was over.  Kelly has such a great thing goin in Oregon.  What was the plan.... take over as head coach and implement a spread offense for an underachieving Bucs team.  No disrespect to Bucs fans but seriously!!!

   This guy is making pretty good coin, he's widely respected in college football and has a team that is capable of being in the top 10 every year, with him as coach.  I dunno, maybe I'm just sentimental.  Not that college football coaches can rely on their University's showing any loyalty to them, but it would be nice to see a guy stick around for the long haul.  I just think it would be good for football if guys like Nick Saban and Les Miles and Chip Kelly stuck with a team for a while.  Most of the reason Penn State(until recently) and Notre Dame have remained at least somewhat competetive is because of their coaches legacies. (Paterno and Holtz)

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:16 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

this makes zero sense for the bucs. and the only way it makes sense for kelly is if there is possible impending sanctions for oregon from the ncaa.

Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:25 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Another coach, that has his school about ready to be hammered by the NCAA because of that Texas dude, bolting to the NFL?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:49 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Seems like a very strange choice but this story definitely has legs. It's all they are talking about on the west coast. Not sure why the Bucs would want a college guy, and in particular a college guy who is known for running a distinctly college offense. Does Kelly plan to bring the zone read to Tampa? How does Josh Freeman feel about this? If he is going to go with a more pro-style offense, doesn't it make sense to look for a coach with more experience in a pro style offense or at least in the pro game?

Kelly's strength seems to be in recruiting primarily. This will not transfer to the NFL in any way. He runs fast, up tempo practices. These will not transfer to the NFL in any way. I understand why he wants to do it, it's a huge pay raise and get you out of the recruiting wars. But I would think that an NFL coordinator, former NFL head coach like Billick or Cowher, or pro style college coach like Lane Kiffin or Kirk Ferentz would all be better choices for the Bucs. Of course this is a franchise who hired Raheem Morris the last time they had an opening so I guess anything is a step up.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:40 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

It'll be satisfying to watch Jim Harbaugh's 49ers hammer those goons.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:29 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job


Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:20 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Mistake, Bucs.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:20 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

chip kelly is a little munchkin, that can figure out play in his head that will work inthe field. has a little of don coreyelle in him. he has mastered the college game and is ready to move on. i wonder who asked who first. if he applied or they sought him out. either way it is a good more on th bucs part to give hima chance. i think he will do well. whoever is the gm will need togive him a very good defensive coordinator, and a very good exersize coach to keep the team in shape.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:58 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

That is a classic! The big 10, the big boys??


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:52 am

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

The MICKEY MOUSE high school offense of Oregon comes to the NFL!  GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
The NCAA is closing in! 

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