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Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:50 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 11:04 am
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Chip Kelly, WTF?

A part of me says any college coach anywhere would want to try the NFL. Another part says why Kelly, why the Bucs and why now? OK, so it's an NFL opening, but it doesn't mean anyone with Chip’s chops will automatically become the next Jim Harbaugh.

And not necessarily with that offense.

Oregon's coach waffled Sunday night/Monday night before staying at Oregon. Waffling would put him on a team of coaches whose roster is overstocked. Nothing wrong with waffling. If the Bucs would have hired you, great Chip. But you’ve essentially been refining, developing, running that same offense for about the past 17 years -- 14 at New Hampshire, three at Oregon. It's a great offense -- for college.

Someone will have to convince me how it resembles a winning offense in the NFL at the moment. While Kelly’s O has revolutionized the way the ball is moved in the Pac-12 and around the country, the contrived word "Tebowesque" comes to mind in regard to the NFL.

In other words, it worked in college. In the pros? TBD. At Oregon, Kelly pretty much had the best and fastest players around (until he played the SEC). In the NFL, the rules kind of bunch everyone toward 8-8. Chip Kelly is not an 8-8 guy. Neither are impatient owners. That's why you see so much turnover. Raheem Morris went from rising young star to fired in three seasons in Tampa. In 2011, he started 4-2, then lost his last 10.

Again, nothing wrong with flirting with the NFL. But it is a brutal, unforgiving life. Would Kelly have gladly morphed overnight from offensive genius to NFL pro-style robot? Doubt it. Every time a Patriots assistant leaves Bill Belichick and falters, I’m reminded of the singular talent of Tom Brady.

The Pats got lucky hitting gold in the sixth round. Would Kelly in the NFL?

Does it matter? Worst case scenario, Oregon’s coach could fall upward -- get fired himself after three seasons in the NFL and rebound with a big-time job in college. That essentially happened to Nick Saban. It may happen to Pete Carroll.

What I do know is that Kelly has a job in perpetuity in Eugene -- or until the NCAA weighs in. He is the king of Oregon, one of the top five college coaches today. A national championship is definitely in his future if he sticks around. But my first thought when the Tampa reports popped up was that Kelly must have some inside information in the Will Lyles investigation. Then I was reminded that Oregon hasn't so much as received its notice of allegations.

Kelly may have been bailing on a bad situation, one that eventually may impact his ability to succeed at his job. But at this moment it doesn’t seem like it. He came back to win ballgames and face the NCAA music. In that order. Oregon officials have maintained since the day of the initial document dump that they are innocent. Or at least not very guilty in the NCAA court of law.

What Oregon does have to worry about is the long-term plans of its coach. Kelly is now on record as looking around. He cannot be blamed. Again, the NFL makes sense for any upwardly mobile coach. There are few places in college he could or would go except the No Fun League. But there are also few places with the corporate support of Nike, which has paid off with three consecutive BCS bowls and a national title shot.

Going forward, Oregon AD Rob Mullens has to consult his List. Every AD worth his mascot lapel pin has one in his back pocket. On it, he has the names of, say, the top five candidates he would call should his coach leave. If Mullens doesn’t have his personal List,  then he isn’t as sharp as I thought.

At the top has be Boise State’s Chris Petersen. Oregon is thought to be one of the few places Boise’s almost hermit-like coach would consider. He has roots in Eugene. He coached receivers there for six years before moving to Boise. The media-averse Petersen would have to deal with more, but not much more.

This is a coach who was reportedly offered substantial millions by UCLA. Petersen’s name comes up for about every major job that opens. He’s good. Oregon could do worse.

Nothing happened Sunday night/Monday morning and a lot happened. Kelly stayed at Oregon. But the emerging question is: For how long?

And does have Mullens have his List?

And would C.P. be interested?    

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:11 am
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

schools like for their coaches to be loyal. going around talking to other teams does sit well with them. the officials will remember this. the first time kelly has a couple of bad sesons theywill oust him.



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

Look people, Chip is not stupid. He pulled the same crap Belotti pulled when he was coaching at Oregon. Looked for another job that he didn't really want in order to get Uncle Phil AKA Nike to write a big check and deposit it in his personal account to keep him in Eugene. Probably for the best if you're a Bucs fan though because Chips offense will not work in the NFL. NFL players want to play in NFL offenses, not a college offense.


Chip had already signed an extension to his contract at Oregon with a nice pay raise. Nike (Uncle Phil) cannot donate money to any coach. It's a violation to the NCAA rules. PLease do some fact checking before spouting off.

As far as the spread offense not working in the NFL, don't tell the Patriots it won't work. Maybe - just maybe Kelly's spread would be even more sucessful with bigger faster players. One won't know for sure till a coach tries it. As far as Kelly becoming a head coach in the NFL it will happen at some point. Personally I hope it's years away and I do suggest he start his NFL career as a OC for atleast a couple years first before taking a head coaching job. He will find how things work at that level and would have a much better chance of being sucessful as a head coach.

Mean while The Ducks are  3 time PAC 10/12 champions and until some takes the title away there they will remain. Next year will be very competitive whith USC back in the mix. Nov 3rd is going to be huge. I would expect both teams will be undefeated coming into this game.





Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:33 am
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

Yeah I noticed moron Dodds at it again. Last time I checked the Ducks lost in the Rose Bowl two years ago. To the Buckeyes. Last time I checked Ohio State is not in the SEC. Although if they got the invite, they would take it. Why wouldn't you want to challenge yourself against the best?



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:09 am
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

Look people, Chip is not stupid. He pulled the same crap Belotti pulled when he was coaching at Oregon. Looked for another job that he didn't really want in order to get Uncle Phil AKA Nike to write a big check and deposit it in his personal account to keep him in Eugene. Probably for the best if you're a Bucs fan though because Chips offense will not work in the NFL. NFL players want to play in NFL offenses, not a college offense.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:24 am
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

   Guys like chip kelly make me nervous....you know he's got his feelers out all the time....and you just know he's gonna jump when it's all good for him....how do you recruit like that? spring practice is right around the corner and you know it's gonna be cold getting up early to do wind sprints before a full day of classes...and the guy cracking the whip is chubby over there, all bundled up w/ a Starbucks in one hand, and a cell in the other talking to who....his agent???



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:36 pm
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

THE NCAA is moving into Eugene Duck fans.  How bout that home loss to SC last year/
Count your trophies and get back to me.  Shouldnt take long.

FIGHT ON! 



Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

If Chip Kelly moves on at some point and the Oregon Ducks are fortunate to recruit Chris Peterson the Ducks would not miss a beat.  Peterson is 2-0 against Kelly in head to head competition as Oregon is one of the very few major colleges that has been willing to play a home and home with the Broncos.  Peterson is one of the elite coaches in football but prioritizes family and surroundings over ego and ambition.  However, Eugene would likely be a compatible fit for the lifestyle and surroundings that Peterson is accustomed to and might be too tempting of an opportunity if such arises.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

The last time Oregon rolled into the Coliseum they scorched USC for 53 points -- they will do much of the same this year.  Last season they were coming off of the high of beating a top 5 ranked Stanford team.  This year we have Colorado in front of USC - sorry Condoms looks like 4 straight PAC Championships for the Ducks -- QUACK QUACK



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

USC has a lot more championships than Oregon does, buddy!  How many do you have?  Any?  Loved thumping the Ducks this past year AT Oregon when they had a shot at the #1 ranking.  Just be glad there wasn't a rematch for the conference championship.  You got the Bruins served up on a silver platter.  

Can't wait to see the Ducks at USC next season.  Be ready for Barkley to tar and feather the Ducks. 



Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, but for how long?

Okay U$C fagns... Here is the tear jerker- OREGON WON THE ROSE BOWL. Where were you? Cheating, lying, and now hating too? Dang, that must hurt.. I call someone like that a TRICK. Commence to whining meow ya batches. Kiss


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