Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is easily one of the hottest names on the market for NFL teams in search of their next head coach.
Now that the Ducks season is over with a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl Thursday night, Kelly will turn his attention on whether to make the move to the professional level. Kelly had not addressed the interest from the NFL before the bowl game electing to focus on the game at hand.
During his post-game press conference Thursday night, Kelly said he has yet to talk to any NFL teams but is planning on meeting with his agent, David Dunn, on Friday.
“I’ve said I’ll always listen and that’s what I’ll do,” Kelly said. “…I’ll listen and we’ll see.”
Kelly said there isn’t a set list of prerequisites he needs to hear from a team to sell him on making a move and that the interview process for him will be more of an information gathering task.
“That’s part of what this whole thing is. It’s more of a fact-finding mission than finding out if it fits or doesn’t fit,” Kelly said. “I don’t really have that answer. I’ve been in one interview in my life for the National Football League and that was a year ago so I don’t really have any preconceived notions about it. I think that’s what this deal is all about for me.”
Whatever decision Kelly makes, he expects it to happen quickly.
“I want to get it wrapped up quickly and figure out where I’m going to be,” Kelly said.