Chip Kelly watch begins; 'I'll listen, and we'll see'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Friday January 04, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 4, 2013
All week Chip Kelly said his only focus was on the Fiesta Bowl. That finished Thursday night with another Oregon victory, and the talk turned immediately to NFL jobs.
"I'll listen, and we'll see," Kelly said. "I will sit down and talk to Dave (agent David Dunn). I have said I will always listen and that's what I'll do."
Various reports have indicated the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles all have interviews already scheduled with Kelly.
"I was getting a haircut on Wednesday and saw my name on the bottom of ESPN which I thought was kind of funny because I haven't talked to anybody," Kelly said.
Kelly gave his Oregon players credit for the attention he is getting now.
"I know that people want to talk to me because of our players," he said. "The success of our football program has always been about our guys. It's an honor that someone would say they maybe want to talk to me about moving on to go coach in the National Football League, but it's because of what those guys do."
Oregon fans at the Fiesta Bowl chanted a plea for Kelly to stay late in Thursday's game.
"It really for me re-affirms what this place is all about," he said. "It's a special place with special people. They accepted me six years ago when I was at the University of New Hampshire and not a lot of people knew about me. It really means a lot."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org