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.