Oregon’s Chip Kelly Close to Deal with Buccaneers
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in progress to finalize a deal with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly has been in Tampa Bay over the Conference Championship weekend working to reach an agreement.
The 48 year old Kelly has yet to coach at any NFL position, having stints only at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, New Hampshire, and Oregon.
He came to Oregon in 2007 and was the offensive coordinator for two years before replacing long term coach Mike Bellotti in 2009, after Bellotti was promoted to Athletic Director.
Kelly has made a name for himself with a shotgun spread offense built to expose defenses with speed.
His quarterbacks are always generally fast and capable of running the option at times as well, with guys like Dennis Dixon, Jeremiah Masoli, and recently Darron Thomas.
He has seen three consecutive Pac-10/12 Championships, and appeared in the 2010 BCS Championship game against Auburn in a close loss.
Kelly would replace recently let go Raheem Morris after a 17-31 record in three seasons with the Buccaneers.