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January 22, 2012 @ 8:31 pm
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Bucs Have High-Level Interest In Chip Kelly

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The Bucs have a high level of interest in Chip Kelly and are in discussions with the current Oregon coach regarding Tampa Bay's head coaching vacancy.

Pewter Report can confirm that the Buccaneers have a high level of interest in Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. The Bucs have already interviewed Kelly and are currently in discussions with him regarding Tampa Bay's head coaching vacancy, which would make him the ninth head coach in franchise history.

“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 reported.  “A source close to the situation said Kelly will make the jump to the NFL if he can come to terms on a contract.”

Kelly was recently endorsed by former Bucs coach Tony Dungy, who recently told PFT Live that “Chip knows how to motivate people and he thinks outside the box.” Dungy’s son Eric currently plays for Kelly at Oregon.

Kelly was named Oregon’s 30th head football coach in March of 2009. In three seasons with the Ducks, Kelly has compiled a 34-6 regular season record and has gone 1-2 in bowl games.

In his first season as the leader of the Ducks, Kelly became the first coach in Pac-10 history to win a conference title in his first year and led Oregon to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. The Ducks also ranked eighth in the nation in scoring and sixth in rushing in 2009.

Kelly, 48, topped off his impressive rookie head coaching season with an unbeaten regular season in 2010 and a trip to the BCS National Championship Game. Kelly received near-unanimous coach-of-the-year honors and also won five other coach-of-the-year awards, which include the AFCA, AP, Eddie Robinson, Sporting News and Walter Camp awards.

In 2010, Kelly’s offense led the country in scoring and total offense, averaging 45 points per game and 530.7 offensive yards per game. The Oregon defense also performed at a high level under Kelly’s watch in 2010, ranking seventh in pass defense and 12th in scoring defense.

Kelly has the reputation for being one of the top offensive minds in college football, and his teams surpassed the school’s single-season records in rushing, scoring, and total offense during three of his four seasons at Oregon.

Under Kelly’s direction, running back LaMichael James became Oregon’s first Doak Walker Award winner in 2010 and led all FBS players with 1,731 rushing yards. Eight other Ducks have also earned all-conference accolades, including James, who was named the Pac-10’s offensive player of the year in 2009. Kelly’s offensive schemes have also played a role in showcasing Heisman Trophy candidates quarterback Dennis Dixon and running back LaMichael James.

Kelly arrived at Oregon as offensive coordinator in 2007, after spending eight years as New Hampshire’s offensive coordinator, and his Ducks have averaged 41.5 points per game and 471.3 yards of total offense during his tenure. During his time with New Hampshire, Kelly’s offenses have averaged better than 400 yards of total offense and more than 30 points per game in his final four years. Under his direction with the Wildcats, three players also received first-team All-American awards.

Kelly’s best offensive output with the Wildcats was in 2005, when New Hampshire finished second in total offense averaging 493.5 yards per game. The Wildcats also ranked third in scoring and fifth in passing which breaking 29 offensive school records and compiling a total of 5,446 yards of total offense. This led to Kelly being named the College Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and also being selected as one of college football’s hottest coaches by American Football Monthly.

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    Any truth to the rumor that when introduced, the Glazer boys thought Coach Kelly said his name was "Cheap" and they loved him from hello? Seriously, perhaps the boys tired of the same old candidates schtick and weren't impressed. I don't know much about Kelly except his impressive work record. I know this, we need someone with some credibility. Father Dungy endorsing a white guy other than Clyde Christensen? Must be worthy.
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    He won't come cheap... Kelly's buyout is $3.75 million and he's scheduled to make $3.5 million next year. Kelly brings a spread-option to the NFL (even though he ran less spread-option last year than ever). Well it seems the NFL, long staid about what offenses should look like, has become more open-minded of late. Look at GB and NE who often line up in a spread or the troubles that Tebow gave teams. It should be interesting to watch how NFL teams deal with an O getting plays off in as little as 10 seconds a play. Chip Kelly is a winner - 34-6 as a HC. He came within one score of Cam Newton for the BCS National Championship.
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    Well, I would personally have preferred Marty Ball but I will take Chip Kelly over any of the other names chosen I certaintly did not want Philbin he was succrssful because of Rodgers if GB had A.Smith he would have been fired already.
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    UGH! say it ain't so! no way we succeed with this guy as head coach. at least rah had nfl experience. what offense is this guy going to run? what the hell does he know about the nfl? bad bad move. still a buc fan, but very very disappointed. glazers, please sell the team.
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    http://​www.sportsbybrooks.com/​chip-kelly-leaves-oregon-fo​r-tampa-bay-bucs-29959 I dont know how credible this guy is but I guess the Chip Kelly era has officially begun. Whether you like the decision or not, (which Im not sure how I feel about it) if you're a true Bucs fan, you have to get behind him and give this team support!! GO BUCS
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    And the two teams in the NFL that ran the closest thing to a spread in the NFL last year were... GB and NE. Hmmmmmm.
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    Gutsy. Good news imo. There were a lot worse choices that could have been made. Coach Kelly will need a good DC and some adjustments will need to be made to his O, but so many teams use the pass to set up the run now. I mean how many teams run on 3rd and 3 any more? It is a passing league with out a doubt. Kelly has an innovative pass first Offense that still rushes for a ton of yards. I would have preferred Marty myself honestly, but this choice of HC may just end up being the best choice ever for the Bucs. This is much like drafting a small college pick in the first round with spectacular measurables, high risk indeed, but a chance at a very high reward. Go BUCS.
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    Am I the only one who sees this as yet another scheme to get the fans excited without having to deal with a coach who will insist that the Glaziers spend any free agent money? This guy is going to be thrilled to be in the show. He won't have any clout to force open the check book. Geez what a predictable disappointment.
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    Well this Coach is not going to be a cheap hire. The Glazers will pay big money to get him. I hope we hire a top notch DC and OC. I am not sure how successful College Head Coaches are in the NFL? Anybody know what the percentage of success is? I wasn't expecting this at all. I don't know what to say so I won't. Go Bucs!
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    Scott if he is our new HC. PLEASE ask him in his press conference not to bring that god forsaken option offence to Tampa!
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    hello mic FLY!! last time i looked he ran an option offence. what a horrible choice for a HC!!!
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    I think chip kelly would be a nice coach to come on board as an offensive side of the ball. But get an experience coach as the head coach please. But maybe Coach Tony Dungy may have a big impact in the future head coach. Maybe Coach Dungy coul;d be a consulaton. go bucs
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    Love it. This guy can flat out coach. He's a winner; an innovator, and a high energy, no nonsense guy. He reminds me of Vermeil when he left Ucla to coach the Eagles. This hire is a splash. He will infuse new life and bring some hope for the future. Make it happen!
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    The main problem is lack of NFL experience.Why gamble again when you have a team struggling to sell tickets and desperately need to start winning soon. At least hire Marty as HC and give this guy a couple years as OC and then promote him. Now who are they going to get as OC and DC? Do u think any big shot nfl coordinator is going to listen to a guy with no experience in the big game? So that means they will prob gamble on their coordinators as well. This could be another train wreck waiting to happen. Play it safe with Marty and Chip as OC for now then promote when Marty retires again.
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    this sucks,his college team is going to be penalized so he is jumping ship, his gimmick offense will not work in the nfl, and oh yeah we still have dumb & dumber, domidork and hickey, throw in the glazers and this is the laughing stock of the nfl, he will probably end up looking like petrino did in atlanta when the men don't listen like the kids. oh well will always be a buc fan, but won't have to get the ticket, just listen to the games on sirrius its cheaper.marty must have told the truth, that domindork sucks and you have to spend money
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    Looks like Derrik Brooks interview on FOX 13 during the East West Shrine practices was right on. All the names you hear that are being interviewed are NOT the Coach they are after. Guess he was right . He said if they stayed true to form and the way he knew they operated this is what would happen. we would not even know about the interview. And before you start the spread offense crap, think about it. Do you really think he would come to the NFL and try to run strictly spread?? His big problem is going to be Freeman!! Slow windup and all.
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    As a fan I will support, butmi dontlike this one at all.
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    Well I been on the Marty Bandwagoon since his first mention. But I was a lil concerned about his age. I like this hire. Yes I have a lot of Hope. But I get a good feeling about this.. Got My fingers crossed.. Chip if your the guy come on and lead. Im behind you louder than hell lets GO BUCS.. Lets prove all the nea sayers wrong baby WHOOOOAAAAA!!!!!!(Rick FLair slap)
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    Sounds like he might have Dungy's help in assembling a staff....that might not hurt. No NFL experience is not good. Working with kids and pros are two different animals. However, I like his creds. And I like he;s not a retread. I'm game.
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    Dungy recommended him. Thats more than enough.
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    if it happens, i like this move. ive been reading comments on other sites and seems that the main concern is the spread offense he ran in oregon. a quality OC and DC should be able to help him out and tweak his college offense or just scrap the whole thing all together to make a solid NFL game plan. im just kinda excited cause now we just tremendously increased the chances of blount sticking around and possibly his perfect compliment in james getting drafted by us. i see justin blackmon as the leading canidate for our 1st round pick since he fits the bill for chips style of high scoring offense. well see cant be much worse than last season and if it is....well theres always the season after that to turn it all around....just look at the 9ers who woulda thought even at the beginning of the season theyd be in the NFC championship game after the last 5+ years have gone for them
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    Seat 26 that is exactly what I was saying just a second ago, he has been head coach of a college team for 3 years, no NFL experience, and I'm sorry but most of the crap he runs won't work in the NFL. I am willing to give him a shot but this is a horrible hire in my humble opinion. Almost worst than hiring a secondary coach with no coordinator experience as a head coach. Man these Glazers sure know what they are doing.....
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    So, a somewhat under the radar candidate comes to the surface. I'm not sure what to make of this choice, if in fact Kelly becomes the head coach. It's a big step going from the college ranks to the pros. I'm also wondering what his staff will look like. Regardless, if he's the choice, I'll support him.
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    My CFB teams HC leaving for my NFL team! My head is spinning! It will be interesting how this unfolds.
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    I would love this move. The first thing I said after Morris got fired was I would prefer an up and coming college coach. I mentioned the HC's from Rutgers, Oregon and Oklahoma City among others. It would mean a compete change in our offensive philosophy, but our offense isn't worth a damn right now anyway.
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    Hate to say I told you so but I mentioned Chip Kelly from day one. Love this guy.
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    Great offensive mind and a take no crap coach. Pending on the DC this could be HUGE.
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    Chip kelly knows how to coach speed, do we have any? We need a big draft and a well known DC
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/32220/the-wit-wisdom-of-chip-kelly I'm surprised he'd be interested in jumping ship at Oregon, but then again, this is the big leagues.
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    I've liked this since his name was brought up early in the search. Behind Marty (which is more short term fix) this would be my second fav name out there followed by Clements which is now going to be the OC in Green Bay!! He's gonna need a good coaching staff hopefully with some NFL experience! I think he could be the one to turn the ship around!
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    I understand this guy has an impressive College record, but please tell me the reasons we are not hiring a Proven NFL winner ? Oregon has NCAA sactions coming supposedly, I wonder if he was looking for an out ?
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