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Dungy thinks Chip Kelly has an NFL future

Former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy knows a thing or two about what it takes to become a successful NFL head coach.  Dungy, after all, one made the successful transition from coordinator to coach.

During Thursday’s PFT Live, I asked Dungy to identify his short list of candidates, if he were filling a coaching position.

Among others, Dungy listed Oregon coach Chip Kelly, whose name recently emerged as a possible candidate in Miami.  “Chip knows how to motivate people,” Dungy said. “He thinks outside the box.”

That said, Dungy hopes Kelly stays put for three more years. Dungy’s son, Eric, just completed his redshirt freshman season with the Ducks.

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16 Responses to “Dungy thinks Chip Kelly has an NFL future”
  1. ammarradhi says: Jan 12, 2012 5:46 PM

    Dungy also said the same thing about Lezlie Frazier last year, great thinking. The only reason he won a superbowl is because he had Peyton Manning

  2. lolb23 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:00 PM

    If I didn’t know any better I’d think Dungy keeps endorsing these coaches because they’re black mailing him. Nah.

  3. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 12, 2012 6:05 PM

    He hand picked Caldwell too… He’s lost his credibility…

  4. jrobitaille23 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:17 PM

    or just plain black period. No shocker that he also thinks RG3 would be a better QB than Luck. You’ll see, pretty soon he’ll have Russel Wilson rated higher than Tannenhill. The guy is a joke and I wish he would just go away

  5. dtuffgong says: Jan 12, 2012 6:52 PM

    @ammarradhi
    And the only reason Belichick won a superbowl is because he had Tom Brady. And the only reason Sean Payton won a superbowl is because he had Drew Brees. And the only reason McCarthy won a superbowl is because he had Aaron Rogers. And the list goes on.
    The only way ANY coach wins a superbowl is either with a very good/great QB or with a once-in-a-generation defense (’85 Bears, ’01 Ravens, ’03 Bucs).
    Dungy was a great coach. Do you even remember how horrendous the Tampa Bay Bucs were for their ENTIRE existence until he got there and made them perennial contenders?

  6. dtuffgong says: Jan 12, 2012 6:55 PM

    @badtimeoutcaldwell
    While I’m sure Dungy favored Caldwell as his successor, I highly doubt he had final say on who the next coach would be on his way out the door. No way Caldwell becomes coach unless Irsay, Polian AND Manning all liked the move as well.

  7. udub says: Jan 12, 2012 6:58 PM

    If Kelly decided to go to the NFL it would have to be a place like Miami where Reggie Bush can be LaMichael James. If they could draft RG3 to be Dennis Dixon/Darron Thomas, it could work out.

    The only problem, the NFL has too much of a win now mentality, ie coaches getting fired after one or two years.

    As good a mind Kelly has for coaching an NFL owner would probably fire him before he can turn over the roster in a way to make his offense in his image. It isn’t as simple as a RB or QB, you have to make over the offensive line to be lighter and more agile in order to keep up the pace of his offense. Bringing in the right personnel will take time…will an owner give him enough time?

  8. dtuffgong says: Jan 12, 2012 6:59 PM

    @jrobitaille23
    Way to play the race card, buddy.
    Of course Dungy favoring RG3 has nothing to do with the fact that RG3 is just as good & accurate passing the ball as Luck, but far, far better running with the ball.
    Oh and last I checked, Chip Kelly is quite white.

  9. darthhitman says: Jan 12, 2012 7:43 PM

    dtuffgong says: Jan 12, 2012 6:59 PM

    @jrobitaille23
    Way to play the race card, buddy.
    Of course Dungy favoring RG3 has nothing to do with the fact that RG3 is just as good & accurate passing the ball as Luck, but far, far better running with the ball.
    Oh and last I checked, Chip Kelly is quite white.

    DUDE, Kelly is coaching Dungy’s SON!! Prolly why he think Chip would be so great in the pro game to begin with. Dungy is a hypocrite PERIOD. Says Suh is dirty but who was coaching Sapp in his dirty days? Dungy drafted him out the U TO BE DIRTY!!! If Vick was white would Dungy had taken him under his belt and given him a belly rub? MAYBE, but the question posed is a legit one

  10. ctiggs says: Jan 12, 2012 7:43 PM

    jrobitaille23 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 6:17 PM
    or just plain black period. No shocker that he also thinks RG3 would be a better QB than Luck. You’ll see, pretty soon he’ll have Russel Wilson rated higher than Tannenhill. The guy is a joke and I wish he would just go away

    Race has nothing to do with this topic , but to your point there are several analyst that like RG3 over Luck and vice versa, obviously it depends on the system a team would run for the player. Secondly wilson and tannehill are diffrent players who both show a lot of promise i don’t think you can go wrong with either, yea Wilson is short, but so is Drew Brees

  11. jdrules6977 says: Jan 12, 2012 7:58 PM

    It depends on the coach and circumstances but in general no, just look at Raheem Morris and Hue Jackson, to name a few if the organization is going to hire a young head coach depending how young you are talking about then you better not give them too much power they don’t have the experience to use the power wisely.
    I have never seen so many great coaches out of work in my 30 plus years of being a fan of football; names like Brian Billiick, Steve Mariucci, Dennis Green, Bill Cowher, Herm Edwards, Jon Gruden, Eric Mangini, etc etc. Then you got guys like Norv Turner who don’t belong in head coaching positions, it makes you wonder how smart are these people at the top making this decisions?

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  12. ownbay says: Jan 12, 2012 8:14 PM

    I really dont care what Dungy says.

  13. dtuffgong says: Jan 12, 2012 8:19 PM

    @darthhitman
    While I do agree that Dungy is biased since Kelly coaches his son, I didn’t believe the question was legit, because by that same token, I should be free to assume that any white coach/analyst that thinks Luck is better than RG3, is only saying so because Luck is white. The race thing goes both ways. But that fact is that race has absolutely NOTHING to do with this topic.

  14. phillyphinsfan says: Jan 12, 2012 9:03 PM

    Who really knows. A lot of experts thought this time last year that Cam Newton would struggle his rookie season because the Auburn offense was so simple.

  15. fittytuckin says: Jan 12, 2012 9:31 PM

    @darthhitman

    You sound like an idiot. Or in lame ass star wars speak, Marklar!

  16. popolover says: Jan 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    Tony is all about the race

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