Monday, January 23, 2012

Thank you, Chip Kelly

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said Monday he has "unfinished business" at the school and turned down an offer to become coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kelly had a last-minute change of heart after reports stated Sunday night that he and the Bucs had begun negotiating a contract.
I don't root for Oregon as a fan but also have no desire to watch the most entertaining offense in the universe get yanked out from under Phil Knight's wallet and NFL-ized to the detriment of everybody who enjoys watching really fast guys do amusing things and score touchdowns on 52-second drives. The Broncos offer some hope but aren't exactly persuasive evidence of zone-read awesomeness in the NFL.

For now, Oregon is still Oregon. Whether that's still the case a year or two from now is impossible to know. I don't doubt that Kelly will get another call at some point for a job more attractive than that one; he's only 48 and isn't getting any worse at producing ridonkulous offenses, although finding an owner willing to totally commit to his system won't happen a lot. Hopefully it won't happen at all (yeah, I'm selfish).

Side note: The site exists, is run by an Oregon fan and is apparently totally serious. Actual quote:
I have no personal vendetta against Chip. I've met him at school events and found him to be a nice enough guy, but I hold us to a higher standard than most and I think we can do better.
Hahahahahaha. The rest of the crappily formatted single-page site is equally hilarious and worth checking out purely for the laughs. Enjoy.


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