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Chip Kelly’s departure surprises Oregon players, recruits

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We know that former Oregon coach Chip Kelly never publicly declared, “I’m not going to be the Eagles coach.”

But what was he saying privately?

That’s not yet specifically known.  What is known is that, per a source with knowledge of the situation, the current Oregon players were surprised (along with everyone else) by the news that Kelly had left.  Also surprised, as Peter King points out on Twitter, was Oregon recruit Nico Falah, who said, “Chip Kelly left?!?!  He was at my house two days ago.”

With Kelly interviewing recently with both the Browns and Eagles before staying at Oregon, recruits and their parents surely were asking him whether he was committed to Oregon or whether he’d simply leave a year from now.  (They likely didn’t think to ask whether he’d be leaving, you know, a week from now.)

Regardless, Chip Kelly at a minimum was tiptoeing through a minefield of potential prevarications in recent days, and there surely are some who believe that the former Oregon head coach was being less than honest.  Technically, any comment other than “if they sweeten the offer enough I’m still leaving” would have been less than honest.

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25 Responses to “Chip Kelly’s departure surprises Oregon players, recruits”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:46 PM

    Bobby Petrino 2.0.

  2. kingmj4891 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:56 PM

    Who care it just business. Chip looks after Chip and his family. Just like you look after yourself and family.

    I tell my work I will never leave and love it here but if I am offered a great postion with more pay. BYE!

  3. dadeyemi says: Jan 16, 2013 2:59 PM

    Colin Cowherd said it best: College coaches and their schools aren’t married. They are dating.

    This happens all the time. When you have the opportunity to get promoted, make more money, and increase your management power, you generally jump at the chance.

    Chip isn’t the first and he won’t be the last. Time to move on

  4. jpb12 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:59 PM

    Pending NCAA sanctions probably a big factor.

  5. mrlaloosh says: Jan 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    Who cares. Kelly will never win the big one in the NFL, just like college.

  6. psilenttype says: Jan 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    Chip’s history… started coaching straight out of college… Never played professionally!

    1990 Columbia (DB/ST)
    1991 Columbia (OLB/SS)
    1992 New Hampshire (RB)
    1993 Johns Hopkins (DC)
    1994–1996 New Hampshire (RB)
    1997–1998 New Hampshire (OL)
    1999–2006 New Hampshire (OC)
    2007–2008 Oregon (OC)
    2009–2012 Oregon (Head Coach)

    I just want someone to tell me where has an coach with no prior experience in the NFL in any one aspect has had success as a HC?

    How will he relate to players… saying he was succesfull at Oregon for 4 years won’t cut it to 5+ year vets!

  7. fuglyflorio says: Jan 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    So he’s a liar. That would go against him if it wasn’t the Eagles.

  8. phillyphannn83 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:25 PM

    fyi Nico Falah is not technically an Oregon recruit, he’s a USC verbal commit who Oregon was trying to poach(p.s. I don’t have a dog in this fight so-to-speak, just support the truth). By labelling Falah as an Oregon recruit, you’re misleading us to believe he’s committed to Oregon.

  9. bucs24 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    Oregon is going to get hit with penalty’s so he jumped Pete did it now its chips turn

  10. proflonghair says: Jan 16, 2013 3:31 PM

    He’ll fit in great with the history frmo Oregon with the Iggles alternate/throwback unis

  11. phaktor333 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:32 PM

    Ummm…that coach in New England hasn’t done jack as a player on an NFL field. He has his team hoisting trophies or on the cusp consistently.

    Secondly, the wave of read option and pistol specific players has only just begun in the NFL. The players in the draft over the foreseeable years will respect him and help the entire team buy into his concepts.

    Having said that, this is definitely an experiment and if proven successful, the floodgates will open for more coaches with little to no experience as an NFL player on the field to get an opportunity.

  12. bucrightoff says: Jan 16, 2013 3:36 PM

    Seriously, a guy who’s never built a program and has been a head coach for 4 years (and not high level division 1…a head football coach, period, high school, JV, whatever, only 4 years) is not going to be the Eagles savior. If anything, they did this to lock up Jadeveon Clowney for 2014, which is very wise too.

  13. bigwaz says: Jan 16, 2013 3:44 PM

    Let the Chips fall where they may! Why not just have fans call the plays via twitter? At least in the pro bowl

  14. mullman76 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:47 PM

    I don’t think running that posterboard offense stuff is going to fly with the big boys, but crazier things have happened.

  15. rajbais says: Jan 16, 2013 3:47 PM

    The proverbial “Pitchforks and Torches” are coming to Kelly’s houses.

    Except they’ll be in neon yellow and green.

  16. eaglebobby says: Jan 16, 2013 3:50 PM

    psilenttype—ever hear of Jimmy Johnson?? Never played a day or coached a day of college in his life but he’s got 2 Lombardi trophies with the Cowboys.

    Barry Switzer has a Lombardi trophy with the Cowboys–he never played or coached in the NFL either.

  17. eaglebobby says: Jan 16, 2013 3:51 PM

    Sorry psilenttype–meant to say, he never played or coached a day in the NFL

  18. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 16, 2013 3:53 PM

    psilenttype says:
    Jan 16, 2013 3:22 PM
    Chip’s history… started coaching straight out of college… Never played professionally!

    1990 Columbia (DB/ST)
    1991 Columbia (OLB/SS)
    1992 New Hampshire (RB)
    1993 Johns Hopkins (DC)
    1994–1996 New Hampshire (RB)
    1997–1998 New Hampshire (OL)
    1999–2006 New Hampshire (OC)
    2007–2008 Oregon (OC)
    2009–2012 Oregon (Head Coach)

    I just want someone to tell me where has an coach with no prior experience in the NFL in any one aspect has had success as a HC?

    How will he relate to players… saying he was succesfull at Oregon for 4 years won’t cut it to 5+ year vets!
    _____________________________

    Jimmy Johnson.

  19. psilenttype says: Jan 16, 2013 3:53 PM

    Phaktor333 if your talking about Bill Belichick….

    He was the Colts special assistant for a year, Lions special teams coach for a year and Recievers coach for a year, Broncos special teams coach a year, Giants special team coach for a year, their linbackers coach for 4 years, their DC for 6 years, Browns HC for 4 years, and Jets assistant coach for 2…

    So thats ummm 21 years of NFL exp before he took the job in New England and 2 decades more then Kelly has ever had!

  20. rcali says: Jan 16, 2013 3:53 PM

    Is it warm enough in Philly to wear a visor in November/December? I’m not going to worry about January for him.

  21. zenrooster says: Jan 16, 2013 3:58 PM

    Notice to all college players: Tomorrow your coach might leave to the NFL or be fired.

    There. Grow up now.

  22. psilenttype says: Jan 16, 2013 4:13 PM

    Jimmy Johnson was on Lou Holtz staff and besides that he was a head coach for 8 years he also played on a national title team in college

    Barry Switzer also played division 1 football and coach a number of years before NFL

    Just saying Chip Kelly has the bare minimun of exp I have ever seen

  23. granadafan says: Jan 16, 2013 4:35 PM

    Players should commit to the school and the biggest benefactors, not the coaches.

  24. misteroctober says: Jan 16, 2013 4:55 PM

    Nick Saban thinks this hire is a great idea.

  25. faninvirginia says: Jan 16, 2013 4:57 PM

    cant stand liars – saban did it too. great coach but no ethics

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