Just before midnight, reports were widespread, from Joe Schad to George Schroeder, that Chip Kelly was gone, signing a deal to coach the Tampa Bay Bucs. The Oregon Athletic Department had a short list ready.
Just after midnight, Schroeder and others announced that Kelly had changed his mind, that his heart, for now, was in college football and coaching the Oregon Ducks.
Trouble is, opposing coaches will use this for years in negative recruiting. And there were a series of crucial in-home visits yesterday that didn't happen, including 5-star safety Shaq Thompson.
Today there will likely be more details, maybe even a press conference with Kelly.
Question is, how long will he stay, and when will another story like this surface?
There's a line at the end of the movie North Dallas Forty when a player stands up and says, "Every time we call it a game you call it a business." It's a little like that. College football has tradition and passion and color, but the players and coaches want to get paid and advance their careers.
Today, some might feel a little more cautious about loving the Ducks.
Before, other coaches would say, "His offense is a gimmick. If you want to play in the NFL, then you need to come play for us." Now, they'll say, "He's gonna leave for the NFL sooner or later. Probably sooner."
Sounds like progress, to me.
DV2 thanks for the comment. That's a good way of looking at it. How do you think he would do as an NFL coach?
There's some damage control and some lost ground here. A couple crossed Oregon off the list this weekend. It'll be a challenging sales job, and very interesting to see if they can regroup in time for Signing Day.
Castro jumped ship the day before,,, first time ive seen a guy jump on Kelly late- even though he had already jumped on Wash earlier- I was surprised by that.
(NOT COTRELL) sorry!.
An unnecessary mess??.... you wonder what chip is really thinking. We can't begrudge him that he is being sought and considered for a higher level career move and challenges. We all must think the same way for our own lives. No, we won't begrudge him that. It is simply the fact that Kelly above all other college coaches is being regarded as the best, so much so that the NFL is seriously interested in what he might bring to it. That is the inevitable flipside of exceelence. It attracts lots of positive attention!! So, as ducks fans now, we are to be grateful that we have him for as long as we do, and secondly we have to take it day by day, knowing that when the right situation presents itself Chip will have to answer his own calling to take on an even greater challenge in the NFL. Hopefully after we win an NC title. But, we are cetainly now shackled to a degree by the uncertainty of the reality of the situation- especially with respect to recruiting. So the double edged conundrum is upon us, making Kelly's NC title chase that much harder against the other elite, but if we are to read the NFL interest in Kelly correctly, inferior coaches, like Meyer, Saban, and Miles to name a few. So the blessing is a curse!!! Life is a beautiful thing, isn't it!!??
@Dale Newton So hard to say. I certainly don't think that he would have the instant success that Jim Harbaugh had. But, I think given a few years, he would tailor an offense to his personnel and be very successful. He's such a natural leader and seems to be such a smart X's and O's guy. He has that "it" factor that is very rare. I would not bet against him.
somehow chip it seems believed that he could meet with TB under the radar (he wasn't planning on mucking up his recruit class at the finish line!!).. very naiive,, im a bit surprised he seems to have been that way,, i sorta think he went and met as much for the actual NFL interview experience as much as anything else, for future preparation,, but the idea he was going to go undetected until a time of his own choosing, just shows how much Kelly would need to learn in PR stuff at the next level,, and that was only in little old out of the way Tampa Bay,, imagine Kelly in New York!! ,, Yikes,, though the Gmen job may shortly be open again, if coughlin gets another ring and decifdes to exit on top,, thatd be interesting.. but id love to see him 5 more years and a couple of NC's in the bank before that!
I still think had this distraction not gone down, they might have had a chance to save Castro. The focus was elsewhere. The young man has now verbally committed to three different schools. Like his motor and ability, but he doesn't want to come, they'll sign someone else and make a player out of him.
He's a brilliant coach. Few have had better results in their first three years, and he's particularly gifted at getting young men to buy into the message. Whether that translates to NFL success remains to be answered. Kelly's drive and mastery of x's and o's and organization make him an attractive candidate for the league of disposable coaches. He'll go one day. Hopefully by the time he does so the Ducks have finished that unfinished business, and the infrastructure and plan of succession is in place for a smoother transition than this one.
@nyduck He might. And for the record, I think Kelly is a better coach than Harbaugh too. But, Harbaugh has an several built in advantages at the NFL level. Harbaugh played in the NFL, his brother is a head coach, and he runs a pro-style offense.
i think he proved himself a better coach than harbaugh in limited last 3 years,,maybe he would have as instant an impact as harbaugh...thats what is intriguing.
dv, thank you. I think he would succeed at any level, but a big question is, in the not-for-long league, would he have enough time to do the job his way?
Agree with you, nd, that he'll have other opportunities to coach in the league, and one day he'll take one. Hopefully by then the Ducks will have a succession plan and a couple more big trophies in the case.