The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still without a coach. The franchise was in negotiations late Sunday night with University of Oregon Coach Chip Kelly; but just as the deal was about to be sealed, Kelly turned the Buccaneers down! Lets hope they find a good coach, and soon.
Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik says of Chip Kelly, "His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered." Sources say Kelly had canceled a recruiting trip to Sacramento, so he could work on finalizing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He even met with several members of the Glazer family.
The Glazers fired their previous head coach, Raheem Morris, after a disappointing 2010 season. Morris had been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach since January of 2009.
Apparently Kelly changed his mind after news of his pending agreement with the Bucs made national news on Sunday night. Kelly, who has coached in the three BCS games, two Rose Bowls, and the BCS championship game, has decided to stay with college football. Who can blame him? He has to stay with what he is passionate about to truly be happy.
For the Tampa Bay Bucs franchise, things might not be so great. According to the LA Times, they've interviewed former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman, former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress, veteran NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer and former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as hopefuls for the position as the new Bucs coach. Philbin has since taken a deal with the Miami Dolphins for a coaching position.
Raheem Morris has since moved on to the Washington Redskins, who hired Morris on January 11th to be their defensive backs coach.
What are your thoughts on Chip Kelly turning down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching position? Do you feel he truly wanted to stay with College Football, or was there another reason? Who do you feel will be the new Bucs Coach? Who can do the job best?
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