Chip Kelly Is Why Greg Schiano Is In NFLOctober 10th, 2013
Yes, we all know how former University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly turned down the Bucs at the last minute two years ago to stay at Oregon and maybe make one last shot at a national title (the Ducks didn’t get that far).
So when Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik was left without a coach, he turned to Greg Schiano to fill the void left by the jettisoned Raheem Morris. We all know this. But what we don’t know is that Kelly is the reason why Schiano felt it was time to leave Rutgers. It was Kelly’s dalliance with the Bucs which made Schiano decide it was time to move on from Rutgers, so Schiano told Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly.
Not until Schiano heard reports of the Bucs’ closing in on a long-term deal with the former Oregon coach did coaching in the NFL feel like his destiny. And he wondered if his fate had twisted in the wrong direction.
“That’s kind of the reason I knew I really wanted the job,” Schiano, the Bucs’ second-year coach said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters covering the Eagles. Tampa Bay plays host to the Eagles on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
“I really loved my time at Rutgers and had plenty of opportunities to go elsewhere, and at the end I just never felt like it was right. One of the things that actually really led me to believe that this was the time was when I thought that Chip had accepted the job, I was angry. I was disappointed, is a better word probably. So that kind of told me that I did want it.”
It is kind of ironic that Schiano was fine with staying at Rutgers until he heard about Kelly and the Bucs. Then, the Bucs called Schiano.
Whether Kelly and/or Schiano can succeed in the NFL is still very much an open question. If the Bucs lose Sunday, then Schiano likely is very much on the hot seat. If Kelly loses Sunday, the highly-impatient Eagles fans will be all over Kelly when the Eagles return to Philadelphia.