Hours after the twitterverse exploded with news of the Buccaneers offering their head coaching job to Chip Kelly, the Oregon head coach has decided to stay in Eugene and pass on Tampa’s offer.
Just hours ago things looked dramatically different, with all indications pointing to Kelly becoming Raheem Morris’ replacement. However, a lot can change over the course of a night.
“His heart is with college football and Oregon and he’s no longer being considered,” Mark Dominik said Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
This is not at all surprising, Kelly was reportedly intrigued by the possibility of coaching in the NFL and getting out of the recruiting game (Oregon has been implicated in a couple of recruiting scandals lately), but ultimately the draw was not enough for him to leave Oregon.
There were a lot of elements at play in this decision making process though.
For starters Phil Knight, the owner of Nike, is Oregon’s de facto benefactor and you can be sure he made a nice sized counter offer to sweeten the pot on the Duck’s side.
Beyond that I’m sure Chip Kelly looked around college and saw a number of very talented coaches like Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino who absolutely failed and ended up burning a lot of bridges in the NFL.
Collegiate success is a lot different than NFL ability and when you have to shift from coaching 18-22 year olds who can still be thrown out of school as opposed to coaching professional athletes that make more money than the coaches and often are far more difficult to discipline and cut, things can be a challenge. If Chip Kelly thought dealing with parents and boosters was bad, he hadn’t thought about handling agents and disgruntled pros.
Not to mention the NFL is a different game and as fancy as the Oregon spread is, it would already be in the NFL if it could be a viable offensive option.
At the end of the day I’m sure Chip Kelly realized he’s got an amazing gig at Oregon, perhaps even a once-in-a-lifetime gig.
To be honest, I wouldn’t ever want to coach in the NFL if I were a head coach. College jobs are plush, you become the face of the program and if you build a school the right way, you really can stay there for a long time. The pros are fickle. Case in point the Bucs just fired the 2010 runner up for coach of the year. The fans are harsher, the critics are louder and the leash is a lot shorter.
I went on record last night and said I didn’t think Chip Kelly was a good fit in Tampa.
So I really don’t blame him for waking up this morning feeling the same way.