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July 25, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
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Oregon's Kelly Talks About Tampa Bay Job

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The Buccaneers came very close to hiring Oregon head coach Chip Kelly days before bringing in Greg Schiano. In an interview with a Seattle radio station Kelly talked about his spread offense and how close he actually was to becoming the Bucs' head coach.
The Buccaneers have flirted with some big names to fill their coaching vacancies over the history of their franchise. John McKay – the first ever head coach – was a superstar in the coaching world when he shocked those who followed NCAA football by leaving powerhouse USC to come to Tampa Bay and take on an expansion franchise. Steve Spurrier considered leaving the University of Florida in 1996 to come to Tampa, and everyone knows the story of Bill Parcells jilting former owner Hugh Culverhouse, and again the Glazers in 2002 before Jon Gruden was hired.

During the early morning hours last January, Oregon head coach Chip Kelley came within a fraction of an inch of becoming the ninth head coach to walk the sidelines in Tampa Bay. Wednesday he talked about just how close he came in an interview with Seattle radio station KJR.

“I was close. … I decided to stay, really, because of our staff, “ Kelly said. “I love those guys, love working with them. I think sometimes when people make decisions about taking job X over job Y, it’s ‘Well, that’s a good job?’ Well, what makes it a good job? The people you work with every day. We’ve got something special there. We’re the only staff in the country that’s been together four straight years. … There’s certainly challenges out there that intrigue me, but I think at the end of the day, when you finally have to make a decision, the reason I stayed was because of the staff.”

Kelly and his Ducks run an intricate spread offense, and many media members and fans of the Buccaneers have played the “what-if” game had Kelly accepted. In the interview Kelly talked about how he felt his offense would have translated in the NFL.

“I think some does (translate to the NFL), Kelly said. “No one can be married to one thing, because it’s all personnel-driven. You can say, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this.’ It’s like the Denver Broncos. What John Fox did in Denver with Tim Tebow was outstanding because he looked at what he had for a player and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to run this.’ Now, all of a sudden, they have Peyton Manning and they’re not going to run the same plays. … It’s a personnel-driven game and I think the coaches that are the best at it can adapt their systems to the NFL.”

The Buccaneers obviously ended hiring Greg Schiano, and although not as big a name as Kelly, many fans seem to believe the former Rutgers boss is a better fit for the young Tampa Bay roster. Kelly may yet end up in the NFL and well could become successful, but for now the community appears to solidly be standing behind the coach who said yes.

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    I BELIEVE THAT TYHE COACH THAT CAME TO THE BUCS MAY BE THE BETTER COACH IN THE LONG RUN. IT SEEMS AS I FOLLOWS THE BUCS FROM DAY ONE, WHEN THEY ONE THE SUPERBOWL BACK IN 2002, I THOUGHT THE WEIGHTS WERE OFF THE BUCCS BACK, BUT AS I LOOK BACK I CAN SEE ONE OR TWO THINGS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN, I WISH COACH DUNGY COULD HAVE GOTTEN ANOTHER YEAR, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IF THE BUCS HAVE WON WITH DUNGY, HE WOULD HAVE NMEVER LEFT THE BUCS FOR THE COLTS, HE LOVED IT HERE. BUT THE GLAZERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE MORE PATIENT. I BELIEVE THAT TAMPA WOULD HAVE ONE THE SUPER BOWL IN 2002 AND 2003 AND MAYBE 2004. JUST THINK OF WHAT THEY GAVE UP TO GERT GRUDEN SEVERAL HUIGH DRAFT CHOICES AND 8 MILLION DOLLARS. THAT DRAFT CHOICES AND 8 MILLION DOLLARS WOULD HAVE BROOKS, LYNCH AND SAPP RETIRED HERE WITH THE BUCS. GO BUCS
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    SCHIANO IS MY CHOICE, THE JAW SAYS IT ALL!
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    For a community that features snowbirds, military personnel, former New Yorkers, and a strong Latin presence, Coach Schiano is an extremely safe pick. He's a throwback to tough nose coaches of yester-year for the retirement crowd. He's organized, disciplined, and detail oriented like our service men and women. He transplanted the Giants coaches for all the folks with New York ties! He is also a strong family man and while that is a trait that can be found in all races or creeds, I think the Latin community holds family values in the highest regard. I think Coach Schiano is a good fit in Tampa and am anxious to see his team compete against the NFC South and the rest of the NFC.
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    No doubt that Schiano was a better choice then Kelly because of the Staff that was hired. I don't believe that Kelly's Spread Offense would be anything dynamic in the NFL. Don't forget that you must have a Defense before anything else in the NFL; very few teams have ever won the Superbowl without it. Just my opinion.
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    What I've seen and heard from Coach Schiano i don't believe we could have had anybody that would be better for the Bucs at this time, especially Coach Kelly.IMO Im soooooo glad every day that it wasnt Coach Sherman,Childers or Schottenheimer.
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    Count me in. I cant help but to believe in Schianos' ehtics and perspectives. I hope that transfers to wins but for the first time in a long while I'm proud of the guys we have representing us as fans. Schiano brings the foundation for building something we can all be proud of and the league will follow with respect that we havent had for a decade. Go BUCS!!
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