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He’s quack: Chip Kelly reportedly says no to Eagles, staying with Oregon

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Well, never mind. For the second year in a row.  Reportedly. Again.

As of last week, it felt as though Oregon’s Chip Kelly would take his coaching talents to the NFL. Now it appears that will not be the case — for the second year in a row.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Sunday night that Kelly has “turned down” a chance to go to the NFL, namely with the Philadelphia Eagles, and will return to Oregon for a fifth season as head coach. CSN Philly, the Eugene Register-Guard, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and NFL Network have all confirmed Schefter’s report.

The university has not yet commented officially.

Kelly was set to interview with multiple NFL organizations after last week’s Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, including the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and the Eagles. Right away, it appeared as though Kelly was on his way out of Eugene. reported Friday that Kelly was close to inking a deal with the Browns, but that later gave way to more reports that he was going to continue to meet with NFL clubs.

By Sunday morning, it appeared the Browns and Kelly were not, in fact, going to pursue a deal and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone ended up as the new coach of the Bills. During that time, “Kelly either removed himself from consideration from the Browns’ opening or the Browns decided to move in a different direction,” per CSN Philly.

That left Kelly with the Eagles, but Peter King of Sports Illustrated was one of several media members to report that staying at Oregon was becoming a strong possibility for Kelly.

The growing storyline for Kelly’s on-again, off-again flirtation with the NFL over the past 48 hours or so was that the Ducks head coach may not have been entirely comfortable with the opportunities presented to him. Had Kelly left, it’s believed that Ducks offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich would be promoted to head coach. What happens with Helfrich going forward will be an interesting angle to watch.

But for the time being, it appears Kelly, who is 46-7 in four seasons with Oregon and has gone to a BCS game in all four of those years, is staying.

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49 Responses to “He’s quack: Chip Kelly reportedly says no to Eagles, staying with Oregon”
  1. hardballtalkusername says: Jan 6, 2013 11:05 PM

    But I thought a deal with the Browns was 95% likely? The reports that have been going the past few days have been hilarious from all of these “sources.”

  2. hor2012 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:06 PM

    One of these times he’s going to pull this and Oregon isn’t going to take him back

  3. bat42boy says: Jan 6, 2013 11:09 PM

    He just played 3 more NFL teams for suckers and should not be asked again to interview for a HC position in the NFL. This guy is a real jerk.

  4. ryanpmcvey says: Jan 6, 2013 11:09 PM

    What a tool. It’s like going on two dates then coming home to your wife. I hope he never gets another NFL interview again. What a QUACK!

  5. jimbo75025 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:15 PM

    Wow. This guy is going to end up burning his bridges with all NFL teams without actually ever coaching there.

  6. alefty says: Jan 6, 2013 11:24 PM

    Kelly – loves the SEC burnt toast. Come on back for more!

  7. Deb says: Jan 6, 2013 11:30 PM

    He’s some piece of work, this guy. You spend seven freakin’ hours negotiating with the Browns, and even more negotiating with the Eagles … then give both the finger? And the guy has never even won an NCAA championship.

    NFL owners would be fools to ever waste 10 seconds on Kelly again.

    (JT … you can breathe now 😉 )

  8. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 6, 2013 11:42 PM

    Nobody knows what went on in those conversations with the NFL teams and Chip. Was he demanding the moon, or was he trying to figure out if this was the right place for him? why is it not possible that he just discovered that either these 2 places were not the right fit or he just was not ready to leave college football yet?

  9. kenrw1 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:43 PM

    Maybe he will be coaching in the pros next season. Maybe there is still a team like the Jaguars who want to interview him if they hire a new GM and he fires all the old Jaguar coaches and wants to talk to him about coaching the Jags and their new QB TIM TEBOW!

  10. rashardmendenballs says: Jan 6, 2013 11:51 PM

    Well it is your sons 16 birthday and it is their 1st day to legally drive alone. Well you the parent, just purchased a older model car for them to learn how to be a responsible driver. But the son (chip kelly) doesn’t want to drive the beater…..instead he is a spoiled brat and wants to drive daddy’s ferrari. On top of that, that he needs a credit card with a $100,000 limit to impress all of his friends.

    So what I am saying is that No NFL team is going to give chip kelly complete control with player personnel when he has yet to win anything both at the college level and at the pro level. In the NFL, you earn that right by winning conference championships and super bowls.

  11. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 6, 2013 11:57 PM

    when did Chip Kelly say he was leaving Oregon? When did he say he was going to go to the pros? Lots of people making that assumption, yet all Kelly actually promised both Oregon fans and pro fans was that he was going to listen, to go on a fact finding mission. So, now that he went on that mission, made a decision, he’s the bad guy? How many things have we been told in the last few days that turned out to be completely false? Can we just slow down and let some real facts come out or is that too much to ask?

  12. beanocook says: Jan 7, 2013 12:12 AM

    Looks like money and power won out. When will NFL people learn, when you are swimming with sharks you have to step up and play ball. Just like the Bucs learned, the Browns and Eagles now know, you need to spend real money if you mean business.

    Kelly took the job that offered more money and more power, he did exactly what any intelligent human would do.

  13. beanocook says: Jan 7, 2013 12:14 AM

    NFL fans have their nose out of joint for being rejected once again. It was just like this when Peyton Manning and Sam Bradford both rejected the NFL to return to college even though they were certain #1 overall picks.

  14. sharksfan97 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:15 AM

    Interviews were with garbage organizations. Can’t say I blame the guy. Plus he’s got it really nice at O. Perhaps Uncle Phil made a call as well? Anyhow, to all those whining about his decision to stay, go back to you cubicles and don’t come out until you have the TPS report.

  15. barbeaux says: Jan 7, 2013 12:15 AM

    If I was a coach I would never leave for the NFL. It just seems so much different than the college level in terms of handling players. I mean, before he left LSU, Saban could’ve asked to be king of Louisiana, and we would’ve said yes. Kelly probably won’t ever find that golden opportunity with an NFL team where everything will be exactly how he wants it.

  16. joeychargers says: Jan 7, 2013 12:18 AM

    I don’t understand everyones beef with him. He never said he was indefinitely going to the NFL, he said he would listen to what people had to say, and make a decision from there. And he decided to stay in Oregon.

    I think he’s smart for testing the waters with the interviews, and once the Ducks win a National Championship under Kelly, he’ll have some more knowledge of how the process works, if he so chooses.

    Smart move on his part, people should stop talking so much trash about him, he’s a great coach and is going to do just fine if he decides to take it to the next level later.

  17. beanocook says: Jan 7, 2013 12:19 AM

    Kelly interviewed the Browns and Eagles and came away unimpressed. He fired them.

    Not used to this NFL? Maybe you are uses to dealing with pissant coordinators or unemployed head coaches both begging for the job. Alpha males have leverage you know. You just got bit by a shark.

  18. jimbo75025 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:21 AM

    beanocook says:
    Jan 7, 2013 12:14 AM
    NFL fans have their nose out of joint for being rejected once again. It was just like this when Peyton Manning and Sam Bradford both rejected the NFL to return to college even though they were certain #1 overall picks.
    Hmm, but both did become #1 picks. If Peyton had come out early it would have meant he was a Jet if memory serves. Maybe if he was a Jet, then he would have become Mark Sanchez and never have become Peyton freaking Manning.

  19. mbankston says: Jan 7, 2013 12:23 AM

    Well lets see. Oregon is his first head coaching gig. He wasn’t hired there as the head coach, he inherited the job. Prior to that, he was on the staff(not head coach) at those college powers of New Hampshire, John Hopkins and Columbia. You think that it’s possible during the interview process these NFL teams figured out that maybe he’s not that great. In college you can easily recruit to your desired offense or defense. If you screw up on a recruit, it’s easy just to move on to the next kid in line. Not quite so easy in the NFL. You have to draft well(at which he has zero experience) and if you screw up those guys make a lot of money. Not quite so easy a fix. Then there’s that messy thing called a Conference Championship that he failed to win this season.

  20. rashardmendenballs says: Jan 7, 2013 12:36 AM

    beanocook says:
    Jan 7, 2013 12:19 AM
    Kelly interviewed the Browns and Eagles and came away unimpressed. He fired them.

    Not used to this NFL? Maybe you are uses to dealing with pissant coordinators or unemployed head coaches both begging for the job. Alpha males have leverage you know. You just got bit by a shark.


    But he was never hired by the browns and eagles.,…so how was he able to fire them?!?!

    please explain this 2nd grade logic to all of us.

  21. andrewproughcfe says: Jan 7, 2013 12:36 AM

    There’s only 3 jobs worth pursuing in the NFL – Steelers, Giants and Pats. Those three teams have ownership that stands behind their coach come hell or high water. The other 29 have owners who jump every time some local sports radio hack starts screaming for a firing.

    Good job by Kelly sticking to his guns. Anyone taking a job with any of the other 29 owners should demand a 10-year, iron-clad contract.

  22. ericdinosaur says: Jan 7, 2013 12:42 AM

    “He wants to do what with the offense!?! And the qb will run it how many times?!? Well that just won’t work.”

  23. hardballtalkusername says: Jan 7, 2013 12:51 AM

    mbankston: “Then there’s that messy thing called a Conference Championship that he failed to win this season.”

    Does that make the three he won in his first three seasons irrelevant?

  24. lgwelsh1 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:02 AM

    When you look at the teams he interviewed with none of them have a QB or the players to run his style of offense.

    He would more or less have to build a team from scratch.

    I’m sure he asked for the moon money wise and wanted full control. Seems the teams he talked to were not willing to give him his demands.

  25. mogogo1 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:29 AM

    Not really surprising… This is a guy with an extremely short track record even in major college football. He’s not really experienced and every time a pro team calls he must be flattered beyond belief. He doesn’t strike me as shrewd enough to be outright playing people against each other… I think he wonders what he should do but is scared of leaving his comfort zone just like most people would be.

  26. margegundersonbrainerd says: Jan 7, 2013 1:50 AM

    ryanpmcvey says: “What a tool. It’s like going on two dates then coming home to your wife. I hope he never gets another NFL interview again. What a QUACK!”
    Great analogy, but I would say in this situation and in the literal sense, the wife who keeps waiting hopefully then taking him back is the bigger quack.

    barbeaux says: “If I was a coach I would never leave for the NFL. It just seems so much different than the college level in terms of handling players.”
    Two different planets as to handling the players, and to their approach to the game. I would stay with college even if it were a lot less money, which of course it often isn’t.

  27. wolftalkblog says: Jan 7, 2013 2:09 AM

    I still don’t care what Chip Kelly does.

  28. rsmeans says: Jan 7, 2013 3:19 AM

    He made a huge mistake. Oregon will never win a NC and the only way for him to go now is down, down and finally gone.

  29. metalhead65 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:56 AM

    what happens when the ncaa drops the hammer at Oregon and he decides that now he really wants to coach in NFL and they tell him to kiss their ass for playing with teams the last 2 years? if I were a recruit I would not believe a word this man says about coming to a school he has thought about leaving the last 2 years.

  30. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:51 AM

    Geeezzzz….. Is this going to be a yearly thing with him? I would think Oregon would get tired of this. Is he related to Brett Farve?

  31. gorilladunk says: Jan 7, 2013 9:05 AM

    I guess all the people who post on this site have never had a job interview and turned down the job offer. Sometimes the fit just isn’t right.
    Also, in college football the coaches run the show and in the NFL, the players run the show.

  32. draconian1111 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:22 AM

    Wolf…just kidding.
    Wolf…just kidding.
    Wolf…just kidding.!!!!

    Either he’s a tease, or he has some teams that he is waiting for the job to come open. Wouldn’t shock me if he was waiting for Coughlin to retire. Maybe he is thinking Jones WILL fire Garrett…who knows…

  33. brownsapologist says: Jan 7, 2013 10:18 AM

    There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see what your options are. Actually, it’s a sign of intelligence. Just because some hack reporters are releasing these “Sources say he’s practically signing the contract right now” garbage stories, fans are feeling all disrespected when he doesn’t sign with their team. But look at his options this year: The Browns are constantly in turmoil, they have a new owner and a whole new front office. And they have a senior citizen QB who would be running his college offense. The Eagles just fired a coach that 28 other teams would take in a heartbeat. They have a bunch of underperforming players who can’t stay healthy including an aging QB who throws his team under the bus. Those aren’t good options. He’s wise to pass this year but he better understand there is no ideal spot to land in the NFL for a first time coach. He has to have the confidence and ego to turn those programs into a winner. Doesn’t sound like he has that right now.

  34. florida727 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:37 AM

    I agree with #bamasleeper. This guy is going to get himself the reputation as being the Brett Favre of college football coaches.

    I’m not much of an NFL fan to begin with, so this might sound biased, but why would anyone leave a place like Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, etc., for a job where you’re dealing with the egos of multi-millionaires? Guys like Kelly, Saban, Miles, Meyer, Stoops, Brown, etc., they have the proverbial world-by-the-short-hairs. They’re revered. Some of these guys could run for Governor in their states AND WIN. Besides, is there anything that keeps you more youthful than living in a college town?

  35. floridacock says: Jan 7, 2013 10:45 AM

    Good for Oregon, probably not the best for Kelly’s NFL future. Phil Knight must have upped his “side deal” with Kelly so he would stay .

  36. kozbee says: Jan 7, 2013 11:44 AM

    Glad to see Chip hang around and beat down Lame Kiffin a few more seasons.Go Ducks.

  37. allen227 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:16 PM

    He would be the laughing stock of the NFL and he realized his flag football offense wouldn’t cut it in the big boy game.

  38. thegamecocker says: Jan 7, 2013 12:36 PM

    Glad to see him stay with the college game. I like Oregon and Kelly. He is good for college football. He’s not married and so it will be hard for him to get in trouble with the “women’s”….even a volley ball player, softball player, basketball, or lacrosse player. If he takes pics of guys in the shower, that’s another story. But I think the chipster prefers the female sex so it’s all good.

  39. uscatjerseyshore says: Jan 7, 2013 1:22 PM

    kozbee says:Jan 7, 2013 11:44 AM

    Glad to see Chip hang around and beat down Lame Kiffin a few more seasons.Go Ducks.


    Since Oregon doesn’t play USC in 2013 and Stanford is a better team in the north (and this is not to say that Oregon won’t end up being on sanctions later this year), Oregon won’t be beating up on USC or anyone else for the next few seasons.

  40. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 2:46 PM

    The difference is that Brett Favre was a proven commodity. Chip Kelly isn’t a proven anything when it comes to NCAA championships, and certainly not the NFL.

    I love both the college and pro games. And I have no problem with a man considering his options. But when you are in negotiation for more than SEVEN hours with two different teams, you’ve gone beyond considering whether you’d like to coach at the pro level. You’ve said, “You bet I’ll go to the the NFL” and gotten into the nitty-gritty of contract specifics. To then say, “Whoa, changed my mind,” is like stripping down, putting on the condom, then deciding you’re just not in the mood. It’s game-playing. It’s unprofessional. And it jerked around two teams that could have been concentrating their energies on coaches who were serious.

  41. tampajoey says: Jan 7, 2013 3:14 PM

    Chip Kelly is an indecisive woman that would be a flop as an NFL head coach anyway.

  42. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 7, 2013 3:28 PM

    I almost always agree with Deb on her views…this one..nope. Part of it is I do not think you know Chip Kelly. What he always said is that this would be a fact finding mission, and anyone who thinks the man would not have literally hundreds of questions does not know Chip. How much of the time was simply BS time? For Chip to consider leaving a pretty nice gig at Oregon, he was going to have to be sure. Last year when the reports came out, Tampa Bay said he had accepted the offer and then Chip changed his mind. He says he NEVER accepted their offer. Why is it so hard to believe that Cleveland was just spinning things that they had a near deal? Chip, like most college coaches still playing has been occupied with the college game. When he finally has time to sit down and be serious, OMG, he took 7 hrs of a club’s of course he must have been going to sign with them? Wow, when I was in the position of hiring people, we took about 10 hrs of their time..and we didn’t offer jobs to all of them. Chip appears to be looking for the perfect fit, if he is going to leave. Most of us Oregon fans do not fault him for that.
    Sometimes I wanted him to hurry up already due to recruits and all, but taking 1 flipping weekend to check things out, to make a life altering decision- just does not seem like a bad thing to do. It certainly does not seem like game playing, or teasing, or any of the negative connotations Deb and many have. Actually seems like responsibility to me…to both who is is employed by ( Oregon) and to future employers.

  43. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 4:26 PM

    @crazyfootballfun …

    First, thank you for the positive feedback on my comments in general.

    Second, you’re right. I really don’t know much about Chip Kelly at all. And you’re also right that a weekend isn’t much time to consider your options with a couple of pro teams. As we go about our lives, stopping occasionally to read and comment on these updates, time here seems to race. Somehow it seems as though these teams have been negotiating with Kelly for a week, rather than a weekend.

    In retrospect, I’ve probably been too hard on Kelly. I’ve been thinking he wouldn’t have taken the meetings if he weren’t ready to make the jump to the pros. However, when you’re talking about changing careers, moving your family across country, and going from a relatively stable job to the volatile world of NFL coaching, I can understand wanting to give the move careful consideration. Perhaps if San Diego–a program with a talented quarterback in a highly liveable city–had come calling, he might have made a different decision. It could just be that the Eagles and Browns didn’t meet his needs.

    Still … I’m glad this drama didn’t involve my team.

  44. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 7, 2013 4:41 PM

    Deb…thanks. You have always been fair minded…which is why even when we disagree i bit i always have to stop and think about what you said. Your last sentence….i laughed because that is so true. It did involve my team and is so much worse..grrrr. totally agree it seemed like it took so long, especially when you are waiting on pins and needles. We had some big recruits really sitting on the fence, so the weekend seemed like it took forever! LSU..right? Born at Fort Polk, so they are 2nd in my book. ( and if LSU was almost blasphemous and my memory off—sincere apologies.)

  45. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 7:05 PM

    @crazyfootballfun …

    LOL … yes, LSU is almost blasphemous :) It’s Alabama! So I am really on pins and needles right now, counting down the minutes until 8:30. Of course, as a lifelong fan, I’ve been through many of these dramas since Bear passed. And Saban’s name is constantly batted around. None of that really gets to me–probably because I grew up on Coach Bryant and know I’ll never see the like again.

    I get more antsy over pro coaching changes. But as a Steelers fan, that’s not something I have to face often–at least with the head coach. Right now, I’m honestly more concerned about who’s going to replace Sean Kugler as Pittsburgh’s offensive line coach than I am about whether Saban is going back to the NFL.

  46. thegamecocker says: Jan 7, 2013 7:11 PM


    I thought you and I were an item. Here you are speaking with all these other gentlemen! What up with that? Something you should know about some of these hombres…..they aren’t yelling ROLL TIDE! like I am! Deb, go home from the dance with the guy that brought ya there in the first place. I believe that would be me! ROLL TIDE!!!!

  47. Deb says: Jan 8, 2013 6:07 PM

    @thegamecocker …

    ROFL!! Actually, before you, I shared a trailer and a bowling ball with frankbooth and was briefly engaged to a Browns fan 😀 Aren’t football blogs fun? LOL But you know I love the SEC fans best!! 😉

  48. thegamecocker says: Jan 8, 2013 7:47 PM


    Now you’re talking girl!! I thoroughly enjoyed last evening and particularly liked the good sportsmanship displayed by both teams. The ND fans, not so much. But you know all those Defensive Awards that Manti T’eo won? I would think that if the voting were held today, a guy named Jadeveon Clowney would be taking home most of that hardware. That was one of the most brutal but legal tackles I have ever seen. I am thankful the Michigan RB was able to walk away after that. I’m confident that hit will be remembered for a long time.

    Congratulation to the Crimson Tide and the SEC!

  49. bill says: Jan 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    Thank god he’s staying, still a nat champ to win! here’s the “behind-the-scenes” on the man himself:

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