“Thank You, Chip!”February 21st, 2013
The interesting thing about how NFL coaches handle the combine is they don’t just speak with and answer questions from just their local beat writers/TV talking heads. No, they are deal with NFL media types from all over the nation, in fact, from all over the world.
So today when Bucs coach Greg Schiano took to the podium in front of the masses, a Philly media type asked him what type of advice he would give Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Like Schiano last year, Kelly is coming from college to the NFL as a head coach. But there’s a twist of paths between the two that determined how Schiano ended up in Tampa Bay and Kelly in Philly.
It was Kelly’s cold feet. Schiano knew it and was grateful.
“First, my biggest advice would be to say, ‘Thank you, Chip,’” Schiano said. “Had Chip not decided what to do last year, I wouldn’t be standing here, that is first and foremost. I am happy for Chip, he will do a great job. I know he is excited, we got a chance to talk a little bit at the Senior Bowl. He doesn’t need any advice from me, he will do an excellent job.”
Yes, if Kelly hadn’t left Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik at the altar last year, rather than Schiano coaching the Bucs it would have been Kelly.
And who knows? Schiano could have been coaching the Eagles.