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January 23, 2012 @ 2:25 pm
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Kelly Rebuffs Bucs, Has "Unfinished Business" At Oregon

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Oregon head coach Chip Kelly issued a statement thanking the Bucs for considering him for the team's vacant head coaching job, but preferring to remain with the Ducks program. If the Bucs are looking for similarly innovative offensive coaches, which two coaches might Tampa Bay be interested in? Find out in this PewterReport.com article.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came close to naming Oregon head coach Chip Kelly as the team’s next head coach, replacing Raheem Morris. The Bucs secretly interviewed Kelly last week and entered into contract discussions with the two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year on Sunday. Yet talks broke down late Sunday night and early Monday morning with Kelly having a change of heart about wanting to leave the Ducks program and deciding to stay at Oregon.

On Monday, Kelly issued the following statement about his desire to remain with the Ducks.

“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization,” Kelly said. “I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon.”

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens also issued a statement on Kelly’s decision.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked for permission to engage in conversation with Coach Kelly, which was granted,” Mullins said. “The University of Oregon is one of the nation’s preeminent college football programs and, as such, it comes as no surprise the NFL is interested in our personnel. We are pleased with Coach Kelly’s decision to remain as our head coach. Coach Kelly has provided great leadership and remains committed to building on our position among the elite college football programs in the country.”

As a result, the Bucs have removed Kelly from their list of candidates. If the team is looking for offensive minds similar to that of Kelly, Dominik and the Glazers may look towards SMU head coach June Jones, who has NFL experience with Houston, Detroit, Atlanta and San Diego, or New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

Jones, 58, has extensive experience operating a run-and-shoot offense in the NFL, and served as the Falcons head coach from 1994-96. He has successfully turned around Hawaii (1999-2007) and SMU (2008-present), transforming both schools into bowl teams with his imaginative offense.

Gilbride, 60, was the San Diego Chargers head coach from 1997-98 and has worked in New York as the offensive coordinator since 2007. He previously served as the Giants QBs coach from 2004-06. Gilbride has also had NFL stops in Houston (1989-94), Jacksonville (1995-96), Pittsburgh (1999-2000) and Buffalo (2002-03), serving as either a quarterbacks coach or an offensive coordinator for those teams.

Both Jones and Gilbride have studied under noted passing game guru Mouse Davis, who is known as the originator of the run-and-shoot offense, which was a predecessor to the spread passing attacks featured in pro and college football today. It is unknown if Tampa Bay has interest in interviewing either Jones or Gilbride, but if there was significant interest in Kelly either one could be an option.

The Bucs have already interviewed Jerry Gray, Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer, Brad Childress, Mike Zimmer, Tom Clements, Rob Chudzinski and Joe Philbin, who was named the Dolphins new head coach on Saturday.

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    I dont trust the Bucs brass ~I think they really want Sherman,and have since the start. They are likely hoping public opinion would change and he would be a welcome signing..I dont think the Buc fans want Sherman anywhere near our HC job~but when have the Glazers and Dom cared about what the fans want ? Sad Kelly wont be coming our way,but he made the right choice~Oregon has an exciting and successful program~~taking Buc job would be like going from filet mignon to horse meat...
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    I never even thought of Kevin Gilbride. He's helped Eli. I wouldn't be against him being the Bucs new coach. He'd definitely bring discipline having worked under Coughlin.
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    Does anyone at Pewterreport have an insider? Who is Rick Stroud sleeping with?
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    That would be a challenge for coach kelly . But Tampa bay was trying to bring another bright coach into the nfl. I understand that Mike Sherman is coming in for a second interview. I hope they bring in coach Gray and Marty for a second Interview also. I think that if they bring in a Offensive minded coach in. This means that with pick#5 could be that RB Richardson or example let's say Cinn Bengals are Interest in that RB then Tampa would trade down for mult picks let say Cinn first 2 picks from Rd-1. That would really bring a turnaround with 2 picks in Rd-1, ahigh pick in Rd-2 & Rd-3. That would I do as the new coach, Or with that pick #5 get that #1 CB from LSU in Rd-2 go after the highest Offensive player available and in Rd#3 at pick #5 go best Def player, Then In Rd-5 Off Player, Rd-6-Def Player, Rd-7 Best Off player available. Pick players that are proven no risk picks. GO BUCS
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    Zimmer getting second interview also!
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    I guess we should gleam from this, it'll be an offensive coach.
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    I miss Jorge Diaz
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    Ahhh, freeman is the farthest thing from a run-and-shoot QB. Jones would a stupid move.
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    Mouse Davis head coach/June Jones record shattering QB at Portland Stste. NFL equivalent of college recruiting? Landing free agents. Glazer's record on spending for free agents. Need I say more?
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    Okay Glazer's, it's time to get serious so lets play the game we all love to watch? Who's Behind the Door? Is it Door No.1, or Door No. 2, Door No. 3? Hey I can't open the doors! Oops I forgot I locked them already and I don't have a key?
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    Hold on to your hats guys, Mike Sherman was just called back for a second interview.
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    i'd take a look at morhninwheg before pulling names out of a hat such as jones and gilbride...but can we just hire schottenheimer or zimmer and just get it over with? the problem as you delay is not so much that the head coaching candidates thin out, but rather that all the best assistants get jobs. we've already lost out on the better d-coordinators that were around
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    "Unfinished business" huh? Sounds like the answer to the question posed to BF47's sweetheart when asked to describe his love making prowess. Just kidding BF. I know this, it sure is better to find out now. I prefer someone with at least some NFL experience as a player or coach but June Jones? The only other person on earth named June is Beaver's mother, June Cleaver. Kevin Gilbride? He was last seen getting popped by that fat Rex Ryan's dad Buddy. Wake me when it's over.
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    I love the run & shoot offense of Warren Moon, but you can see how many championships that got the teams. Oh well, onward and downward (that's where I see this coaching spiral leading).
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    June Jones? Kevin Gilbride? Umm no, not happening. Maybe as coordinators perhaps but not HC material. They are great at being position coaches and thats why their NFL stints were short and not invited back to ever be a HC. This is getting utterly depressing if these names do start appearing on top of our list.
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    I think this is probably for the best. I am sure kelly is a fine coach, but we need a proven NFL coach. We need someone who can bring some discipline to a team with 30 millionaires who are too young to know what it is like to fight for a winning season. I personally hope it is Schottenheimer. But there is plenty of talent out there to choose from. Lets not let all the scouting opportunites go bye however. We need to get our Coaches in place and get them out there to check out the College Talent. We have been pretty lucky the last three yrs in the draft. We need another couple of good drafts and now we need glazers to dig deep and get us some Free Agent talent.
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    Jones was the head coach at Hawaii when all of his QB's were putting up ridiculous numbers every year. I think Timmy Chang set several NCAA records (including most interceptions - 80). Jone's offenses sure were fun to watch and he is quite a character, so the press conferences would be entertaining.
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    Jones would be interesting. I watched SMUs bowl game wondering how that offense would work in Tampa and with Freeman. I cant imagine they would go for someone coaching small schools and not much NFL success, but you never know.
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