Report: Oregon coach Chip Kelly close to deal with Bucs

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Two days ago, we pointed out that a college coach could come out of nowhere to fill one of the four remaining coaching vacancies.  More than a week ago, a man who coached two of the teams currently looking for a new head coach (former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy) told PFT Live that Oregon coach Chip Kelly would be a good NFL coach.

Chip knows how to motivate people,” Dungy said. “He thinks outside the box.”

Now, KGW-TV in Portland reports that Oregon coach Chip Kelly is close to becoming the coach of the Buccaneers.

“Kelly is in the process of finalizing a deal that would make him the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Michael Berk of KGW Sports writes.  “A source close to the situation said Kelly will make the jump to the NFL if he can come to terms on a contract.”

Look for Kelly and the Bucs to deny it until the Bucs can supply Kelly as the coach of the team.  Otherwise, Kelly’s incoming recruits will face a barrage from Oregon’s competitors regarding the possibility that Kelly won’t be the coach when the new class of players start their second year with the school.

34 responses to “Report: Oregon coach Chip Kelly close to deal with Bucs

  1. This is a desperate move by a flailing Tampa Bay team. They have had trouble selling tickets for games, and generating interest in the team. By bringing in Chip Kelly and his high octane offense, the Bucs are most likely trying to provide a style of play more conducive to exciting football and thus greater ticket sales.

  2. As a Bucs fan I’m not sure how I feel about this. No NFL experience, only 5 years at the major college level (2 as OC 3 as HC) and a gimmick offense that is based on tempo and speed at the skill positions, which we don’t have. On the bright side, with Nike taking over the NFL uni’s we could have some very interesting combinations..Red pants anyone??

  3. NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Have we forgotten how this guy abandoned, what was Pitt Pirates to leave for Notre Dame. Also last time I checked how has ND done last year………nuff said. Glazers PLZ god do not hire this turn coat because as soon as a BETTER opportunity comes along this guy we abandon us with no hesitation. I’m so anti Chip Kelly, I rather have Mike Sherman over this coward and Benedict Arnold.

  4. hus10188: How about Tebow for Freeman? I think Freeman fits more into the mould of what Elway (and many of us Broncos fans) see an NFL QB being.

  5. BuccaneerBloodline23: What? First off the ND coach is Brian Kelly, and he left Cincy not Pitt, and he did it after getting Cincy to the Sugar Bowl.

    Chip Kelly is the head coach of Oregon and has had his team play in the National Championsip game and the Rose Bowl.

  6. Have we forgotten how this guy abandoned, what was Pitt Pirates to leave for Notre Dame.
    —————————————————–I made a mistake guys. It was Brian Kelly not Chip Kelly who left left Cincy for Notre Dame. If Chip can do the job then go Team Chip Kelly. My bad I got that one wrong sorry ok.

  7. Is that supposed to be some kind of joke? Also, anyone who utters the phrase “gimmick offense” is an idiot. When you look at what makes an offense successful, the specific scheme that that team runs is so far down the list, it’s laughable. Any scheme that is properly taught and equipped with good personnel will work. Yes, even in the NFL. The notion of a “gimmick offense” is this Neanderthal, elitist mindset that NFL analysts have perpetuated. Under their line of thinking, anything different is bad. What a bunch of garbage.

  8. oh, and neither Bryan or Chip Kelly were ever with Pitt so I’m not quite sure what you are getting at

  9. BuccaneerBloodline23 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 8:46 PM
    NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Have we forgotten how this guy abandoned, what was Pitt Pirates to leave for Notre Dame. Also last time I checked how has ND done last year………nuff said. Glazers PLZ god do not hire this turn coat because as soon as a BETTER opportunity comes along this guy we abandon us with no hesitation. I’m so anti Chip Kelly, I rather have Mike Sherman over this coward and Benedict Arnold.

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    I have no idea who you’re talking about, but it isn’t Chip Kelly. Might want to look into that.

  10. No one was talking about Chip Kelly as a candidate. Glazers pulled this one out of left field. I’m shocked. I wonder if the Bucs will have different uniforms every game like the Ducks do.

  11. Chip was never at notre dame..he was at new hamp. And then Oregon, know the facts before you hate the man.

  12. rollteal says: Jan 22, 2012 8:38 PM

    That could be a very intriguing fit. One I would like to see what the outcome will be. I really thought it was gonna be Marty.

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    Nah. Schottenheimer would make sense. Why would the Bucs do that?

    Unless you meant Marty McFly. In which case yeah, that sounds about like a choice the Bucs would make.

  13. So are we talking about Gene Kelley the famous dancer fromthe 1940’s? or machine gun Kelley the gangster, I’m lost. I’m sure whatever Kelley it is he will do better than the last coach.

  14. Looks like Chip has talked to PETEY Carroll in Seattle about jumpin boat from a team about to be axed by the NCAA and jump ship to the NFL !!! Sounds like the NCAA is NOT gonna be too favorable to the DUCKS or NIKE UNIVERSITY !!!! If you smell Somke, then there’s a FIRE !!!! This is a shame how coaches can get away and not be punished by the NCAA. Now, once the NCAA rules on Oregon, is the NFL gonna suspend CHIP 7 games like Tressell or is the NCAA gonna turn a BLIND EYE as USUAL and ONLY make Examples out of a FEW ????? If your gonna make rules, they got to be for ALL !!!! If Oregon was not under any investigation then its a moot point and congratulations Chip. However that is not the case !!!!

  15. Two days ago, we pointed out that a college coach could come out of nowhere to fill one of the four remaining coaching vacancies.
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    Oh, so you predicted this Mike?

    Everybody on the planet knows you were talking about Tressel.

    Isn’t copy and paste swell???

  16. BuccaneerBloodline23 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 8:46 PM
    NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Have we forgotten how this guy abandoned, what was Pitt Pirates to leave for Notre Dame. Also last time I checked how has ND done last year………nuff said. Glazers PLZ god do not hire this turn coat because as soon as a BETTER opportunity comes along this guy we abandon us with no hesitation. I’m so anti Chip Kelly, I rather have Mike Sherman over this coward and Benedict Arnold.
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    Hopefully your bloodline has not been extended.

    Oh, my mom said it’s nice to pick on them…

  17. Gotta give the Bucs credit: this is a really ballsy gamble. It could be a spectacular success OR failure, but it’ll be interesting either way.

    I do question whether either the Blur Offense or the 3-3-5 defense will work for more than a few games in the NFL, if at all. Can he coach NFL-style and be successful? Will he try?

    Stay tuned…

    As someone who neither loves or hates TB, I like this move because it gives me something else interesting to watch for, and otherwise I was totally “meh” on the Bucs. That, in and of itself, is a win for the team. People will be paying attention, at least for a while.

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