Chip Kelly might be on his way to taking his high-flying offense to the pros. Will both he and the Oregon Ducks manage the same success at the next level?
University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly has reached an agreement to become the head coach of NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a highly placed UO athletic department source told The Register-Guard.
"It’s done," the source said Sunday night.
A deal has not been announced by Tampa Bay, and a UO athletic department spokesman said Sunday night that Kelly’s status with the UO had not officially changed.
It's always been rumored that Kelly was interested in the next level, but these rumors and the latest report seems to indicate those rumors were facts. Kelly is probably very interested in trying out his offense at the next level, instilling it in a pro team and making it work. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be the team that best fits his profile and has the vacancy for Kelly to try it out.
How the Ducks will be adapt will be interesting. The Oregon offense is almost entirely attuned to run Kelly's schemes and offense, and it's not likely to change anytime soon. The Ducks will need to find a head coach that is attuned to the spread option and won't tinker with its mechanisms too much.
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