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Chip Kelly’s only talking about the Fiesta Bowl

Oregon-NCAA AP

University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly was being talked about as an NFL head coaching candidate long before the end of the 2012 season and that chatter has intensified in the wake of the seven firings around the NFL on Monday.

Kelly has been linked to the job openings in Philadelphia and Cleveland, but he offered no hint about his thoughts during a press conference for the Fiesta Bowl on Monday. Kelly said he wasn’t trying to be evasive while avoiding questions about the possibility of jumping to the NFL after Oregon plays Kansas State on Thursday night.

“I’ve got a game to play,” Kelly said, via the Associated Press. “We’re playing in the Fiesta Bowl. That’s the biggest thing in my life. If I allowed other things to get into my life, then they would be distractions, but there aren’t. Our focus 100 percent is on the Fiesta Bowl. “

Kelly said that he hasn’t talked about anything having to do with his future job plans to his team in hopes of avoiding distractions, although one imagines their access to the internet and television has taken care of conveying the information for him. The only way to ensure no possibility of distraction would have been for Kelly to say there was absolutely no way he would leave Oregon for an NFL job.

He hasn’t done that, so the Ducks will just have to deal with it for a couple more days. Then they, along with the rest of us, can find out where Kelly will be coaching this year.

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5 Responses to “Chip Kelly’s only talking about the Fiesta Bowl”
  1. mikeyhigs says: Jan 1, 2013 11:15 AM

    He will go to a bad team, lose for 1 or 2 years, and jump to a high profile college gig. Buyer beware

  2. Gordon says: Jan 1, 2013 11:57 AM

    Steve Spurrier 2.0

  3. macbull says: Jan 1, 2013 12:09 PM

    I just can’t see Chip Kelly working under Joe Banner in Cleveland.

    Banner wants full control over the football side of the franchise, even though he “never” had such power in his 19 yrs with the Eagles.

    Banner has a history that he himself is responsible for and everyone inside football knows Banner does not work well with others.

    Kelly to the Eagles where he has more control over the team and the support to help him succeed, is much more believable… much more so than the vision of Kelly butting heads with an ego hungry Joe Banner with the Browns.

    Why Jimmy Haslam even chose Banner is a mystery. Probably the rookie owner’s first mistake…but a huge mistake that could hurt the Browns for years to come.

  4. tommythek says: Jan 1, 2013 12:13 PM

    I would be happy as an Eagles fan to have a hard-working, innovator like Chip to get 3 years to see what he can do in the NFL. If Belichek and Gruden have gone to him for info, he must have some redeeming qualities.

  5. callahan9119 says: Jan 1, 2013 5:35 PM

    @macbull

    What are you talking about, they are specifically going down a path that would allow the new coach a huge amount of control. It’s their whole plan, why they aren’t hiring a GM first.

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