TAMPA — The Buccaneers reportedly had their man last night, but they woke up three Monday’s after firing Raheem Morris to find out the guy they thought they had, had gotten cold feet.
Chip Kelly has decided to remain at the University of Oregon, a school that he has reinvented. In his three years Kelly has coached in three BCS Bowl games including a National Championship game last year. The day the Buccaneers fired Raheem Morris, Kelly won the Rose Bowl, a feat Oregon hadn’t achieved in 95 years.
But the story is now as it was January 2nd. Despite hardcore speculation that bordered on fact, the only fact now is Chip Kelly is still the head coach of the Ducks and there is still no head coach for the Bucs.
Kelly spoke out Monday about what transpired within the last 24 hours.
“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization.” Kelly said in a statement released today. “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.”
The head coaching search for the Bucs now continues, or from a certain point of view gets back on track. Kelly was an absolute out of the blue name that the Bucs went into eleventh hour negotiations with. They came Cuban Missile Crisis close to hiring Kelly, if you believe what you hear.
Emphasis on crisis.
Kelly’s name being considered by the Bucs was most likely the Glazer’s over-reacting to the success of Jim Harbaugh who actually lost the NFC Championship game while this was all going on. Kelly has never been an NFL head coach and has only been head coach for three years. Kelly almost went form being an Offensive Coordinator at New Hampshire in 2006 to the head coach of the Buccaneers in 2012.
Take that for what it’s worth. To me it looks like the Buccaneers held their hand a little too long and are now getting desperate. They’ve already waited too long to cash in on top notch coordinators and them going after Kelly and him burning them shows just how desperate they are to find a head coach and how little even the college coaching community thinks of Tampa Bay.