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Speculation connects Chip Kelly to Dolphins job

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Over the past few months, Les Miles had been talked about as one of the hot commodities when the NFL’s coaching carousel swung into high gar.  While it remains to be seen whether the events of Monday night would or will have any type of professional cooling effect on Miles’ “pro prospects”, another high-profile college coach’s name is being linked to a current NFL vacancy.

And, just like with Miles, it’s highly unlikely to make it beyond the rumor stage.

Per a report from a Eugene, Ore., radio station, the Miami Dolphins have been in contact with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly regarding their coaching vacancy.  Jeff Fisher is believed to be the Dolphins’ choice — and the choice of the St. Louis Rams as well — as a replacement for Tony Sparano, but the station writes on its website that “[i]f Fisher doesn’t end up in Miami, that could open the door for Kelly.”

Or it could already be slammed shut and locked.

A high-ranking Dolphins official tells Armondo Salguero of the Miami Herald that the report of the organization contacting Kelly are “not true at all.”  Provided we can take the anonymous official’s words at face value, this should put to rest whatever speculation there is connecting Kelly to an NFL vacancy.

The reality is, though, the speculation could be put to rest regardless of what this or any other official connected to an NFL club has to say.  As noted by Salguero, the type of offense Kelly runs would very hard to translate and adapt to the NFL level, which is probably an understatement.

There may be a few things Duck fans have to worry about — coughcoughWillieLylescouchcough — but losing their head coach to an NFL job is very, very, very low on the list.

(Tip O’ the Cap: the lovely & talented PFT crew)

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11 Responses to “Speculation connects Chip Kelly to Dolphins job”
  1. deadeye says: Jan 10, 2012 3:27 PM

    He’d be a fool to work for Ross. Oh, and I’m a Dolphin fan.

  2. woebegong says: Jan 10, 2012 3:27 PM

    Why would Miles or for that fact, any other decently paid college coach want to leave their job. Spurrier and Saban both found out , that the Pros. aren’t a bunch of kids that take kindly to being led as if there were. I would wager to say, that Saban and Miles both get a better paycheck in college than they would at the pro level right now.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:54 PM

    Maybe Kelly is planning to get out of Dodge in case the NCAA has a problem with the obsolete scouting reports he paid for? It worked for Pete Carroll.

  4. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:59 PM

    Speaking of Willie Lyles, has anybody heard anything new about this matter?

  5. killerstiller says: Jan 10, 2012 4:03 PM


    Update on Lyles….He’s still a lying ass pimp!

  6. fatguystrangler says: Jan 10, 2012 4:44 PM

    Not all highly successful college coaches can make the transition, that’s for sure. For once, though, recent history is turning around for college coaches in the NFL, with Jim Harbaugh’s instant success (And Pete Carroll has the ship righted in Seattle). This seems to be the exception to the rule, obviously. But if the right coach truly wants to be a pro coach, go for it.
    If they fail, there’s a pretty good change they’ll fall right into another plum college jobs (see: Saban, Petrino).

  7. pacific123ocean says: Jan 10, 2012 4:47 PM

    I would love to see the Dolphins draft RGIII (if he drops that low) and hire Chip Kelly as offensive coordinator.

    RGIII, Reggie Bush, and Brandon Marshall would be fun to watch.

  8. thetylerrosebestever says: Jan 10, 2012 4:57 PM

    Chip is not going to leave for a coordinator job in the NFL. That is just foolish.
    When does Sean McDonnell from UNH get his chance at a big time school? He and Chip developed that offense together when Chip was the offensive coordinator there.

  9. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:26 PM

    Saban and Spurrier both realized they could take 18 yo kids and really change their lives rather than try to coach NFL DIVAS that make 10 times the coaches salary and don’t want to hear what they have to say. Kelly seems like that kind of guy too.

  10. Former Duck News says: Jan 10, 2012 6:10 PM

    Chip isn’t thick enough to stick with one style of offense. In New Hampshire he didn’t even run the spread until he found the team had a shortage of fullbacks on the roster.

    Believe me, he’s capable enough to adapt to his surroundings. I’d guess that he could hire an offensive coach to install a more traditional scheme, with some of Kelly’s handprints, and use his overall coaching ability to lead the team.

    Isn’t going to happen….Kelly loves Oregon. He’s never been the type of dude to move just because someone wants to throw some money at him.

  11. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 10, 2012 6:16 PM

    Harbaugh and Carroll ran pro-style programs in college, so it’s no surprise that they would ahve some measure of success in the NFL. Chip Kelly…not so much. And why would he leave Oregon? He’s got a great machine churning there.

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