Oregon coach Chip Kelly to focus on Fiesta before NFL possibilities
Eugene, OR, United States (4E Sports) – Oregon coach Chip Kelly wants to focus on the Ducks’ Fiesta Bowl game against No. 6 Kansas State Wednesday before entertaining coaching offers from several NFL teams.
“I have no idea what the future holds, but I know we have a game tomorrow night and I’ll be there,” Kelly told the Oregonian.
Kelly had a chance to coach in the NFL last season but turned down an offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in Kelly’s services after firing their respective head coaches recently.
The Browns dismissed Pat Shurmur together with general manager Tom Heckert after a disappointing 5-11 season under new owner Jimmy Haslam.
Shurmur went 9-23 in his two seasons with the Browns, who were still in the playoff mix before closing the season with three straight losses to finish 5-11.
The Eagles, for their part, fired 14-year head coach Reid after they finished with a 4-12 record, capping their season with a 42-7 humiliation from the New York Giants.
Also, five other teams – the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chief, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers – are looking for new head coaches to fill up the vacancy, making Kelly one of the most sought-after college coaches.
Kelly has been a head coach for just four seasons at the collegiate level but already has established a sterling credential with the Ducks capturing three Pac-10/Pac-12 titles. Currently, the Ducks are 11-1 and ranked No. 5 in the nation.
“I don’t think anybody knows any answers until somebody does it,” said Kelly when asked his offense could work at the NFL level.
In his four seasons with the Ducks, Kelly has led them to a 45-7 record.