NBC Affiliate KGW Channel 8 in Portland’s Michael Berk is reporting that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal for him to become the next head coach.
Why take on a team with so many holes?
Many coaches feel like they’ll look back and wonder “what if?” if they don’t try to go pro. Oregon averaged 46.2 PPG this season, down from 49.3 in 2010. They averaged 37.7 in 2009.
The Bucs will need a quarterback if Josh Johnson leaves, so Chip Kelly will consider taking former Oregon QB Darron Thomas in the draft.
This may be the most aggressive offense brought to the pro level since Steve Spurrier and the Redskins in 2000, but we’ll have to see how much of it Kelly wants to use.
You have to also wonder if the BCS’s lack of playoff system (they are possibly adding a 4 game playoff in 2013) factors into college coaches going pro. If that is the case, I would think Gary Patterson from TCU might be next.
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