Blog Entry

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."

Latest Coaching News, Rumors

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:09 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

That whacky, quacky offense in the NFL?? Read my tweet, IT WILL NEVER WORK!!

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:08 pm

connect with sports stars and model here

If you are ready for a real relationship that leads to marriage, maybe you'll like someone tall. Check (Ta'll'Con'nect.C'0'M) and join for free now. Many sports stars and models like our service, too.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:05 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Yes I know about Jimmie Johnson, but have you ever hear of Steve Spurrior and Nick Saban? I think the NFL road is littered with more Sabans and Spurriors than JJ. Time will tell, but I'm betting against him.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:59 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

As a Duck fan, it is hard to see him go. He is a heck of coach. Will his offence translate well in the NFL?  No. Kelly is smart and will adjust his style. I wish him nothing but the best. If the NCAA is going to levy stiff penalties, if would come as a shock to us. Still we are a small market team and our rivals a getting desperate. It is mostly wishful thinking. Few know when or if a NCAA is due.

I like him and I think the people of Tampa Bay will like him as well. Can he win, yes,  he plays to win and likes to control the board.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:55 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

We are getting a college coach to coach the Tampa Bay Bucs. This is not the first time in Tampa Bay history that we have had a college coach become the head coach at Tampa Bay. The reason I am a Tampa Bay Buc fan is that our first coach in the history of the franchise was from a SC, John McKay.

Had he turned down the job, I doubt very seriously that I would be a Tampa Bay Buc fan today. After McKay, left I had a cousin Charlie Williams that coached the ends, under Tony Dungy.

We would have to wait and see how this new coaching regime turns out. I hope he or any other coach is here, as the head coach for more than 3 years. We are in a constant state of rebuilding changing coaches, therefore changing the defensive and offensive systems.

Let us hope this happen and we have our coach for a long time to come. This shuffling of coaches every 2-3 years is a lot of B-S. We have to accept the fact that there will be seasons when we would be 16-0 and other seasons where we might be 0-16 Losing is a not a reason to change coaches.

I look at franchises like New England, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay, and New Orleans. They seem to have long tenured coaches win or lose. Until we adopt this system of keeping out head coach we will be in a rebuilding mode each time we have a coaching change.



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:50 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

I'm not sure his offense translates well to the NFL, but it is dynamic in college.  Most often these guys are so set in their way they are typically reluctant to change - should be interesting to see. 

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:44 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

You can't blame Chip Kelly for taking the payday if this is truly happening.  There have been a number of discipline issues around Eugene for a few years now and he has to smell the NCAA at his front door, get out before the sanction police come calling.  If this move doesn't work out over the long haul, another university will want to pick and run with your offense, ask Saban and Spurrier if they had to wait long for jobs when they left the NFL, Bobby Petrino too. 

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:20 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

jimmy johnson

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:20 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Lets see...the QB leaves early the coach.  Perhaps theres something rotten in Denmark??  

Sounds a bit like Ohio State,...

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:18 pm

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Jimmy Johnson was pretty good coming from college and Jim Harbaugh seems to have adjusted as well.  But the transition has been tough in recent years.  I don't think the players should be allowed to leave, but it could hurt recruiting with signing day just a few weeks away.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or