“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.

17 Responses to ““Thank You, Chip!””

  1. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    I’m really happy with Coach Schiano….couldn’t have said the same thing 11 months ago

  2. Jacko101 Says:

    Thank You Chip Kelly also I like Shiano also

  3. NY Bucs fan Says:

    Yes thank you chip bucs got the better end of that deal. I’ll take Schiano all day over Kelly

  4. 4everBucsFan Says:

    Let’s see now, if the local media and some Eagle fans give Kelly any crap over hiring his own college cronies. Probably not.

  5. Big Rob Says:

    Schiano > Kelly. I said it last year when he did it. I don’t want Kelly.

  6. TrueBlue Says:

    Only time will tell for sure, but I prefer Schiano as well. It will be fun to watch how these two programs on the rocks will develop over the next few years. Comparisons are inevitable.

  7. You Go Joe Says:

    I heard Kelly’s main reason to join the NFL coach is to avoid the sanctions Oregon will get for some scandal, this was a conversation I had with a buddy of mine.

    In the end I felt like coach Schiano was a last minute pickup as all others turned down the job, but it was a decision made with a lot of thought in mind.

    And I noticed with an interview of Doug Martin in the pro bowl that a reporter wanted to hear Martin say Schiano was a control freak and a total disciplinarian. Martin actually stood up and said what other’s say, he ask a lot from you and to do it and the team does it.

  8. Macabee Says:

    Looks like good rapport between Greg and Chip. There may be other matters of mutual interest to discuss. RotoWorld is reporting that Kelley wants a 3rd round pick for Foles.

    While Schiano has made it clear that Freeman is his guy, it makes as much sense as Belichick drafting Ryan in the 3rd round behind Brady, for Schiano to have a capable back-up behind Freeman.

    Now don’t get mad at me for saying this because I’m a Blount fan too, but it is clear, he is not going to play for this coach for whatever reasons. I know that Kelly is trying to re-establish remnants of his old offense. We could get Foles in a trade for Blount and a draft pick beyond the 3rd round.

    Nothing wrong with talk between good friends!

  9. Macabee Says:

    Ryan Mallett

  10. 1976Buc Says:

    Blount + #4 pick to Philly for Brandon Boykin = Bucs win

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Talons on the line…

  12. Luther Says:

    I’m with you Macabee…Ryan Mallet would be a nice pickup but I don’t see it happening. It’s a smart move for the Patriots to keep him so they have a understudy to a great QB.

  13. Dave Says:

    Schiano and discipline are what the Bucs needed, not Chip.

  14. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Macabee, you are awesome! That’s a great idea, trade Blount to Philly for Foles and a draft pick. Maybe Kelly will go for it, since Blount played for him.
    Foles is a very underrated QB, IMHO.
    He is a big dude, like Freeman, but with much better touch, an equally strong arm, and perhaps better accuracy. Who can forget what he did to us, last time he played!

  15. White Tiger Says:

    I don’t like spread coaches…but it may be an interesting experiment…just glad were not wasting our time with Chip…would have HATED it.

    Almost feel sorry for him…or do I feel sorry for Philly fans?

    …who am I trying to kid…they deserve one another!

    A village just got its idiot!

  16. ladyz Says:

    I for one is as happy as could be that er have Schiano. He is on his way to restoring a championship winning team here in Tampa Bay. Glad Chip Kelly turned us down.
    @You Go Joe Says: It is quite evident you are not in business management. When you go to hire for a given position, a good personnel manager has one or two other names already vetted so there can be someone put in place.
    AS for Blunt, we ether ought to trade him or cut him loose so he can play somewhere. It stands to reason he has pis*** Schiano off and will never do anything of significance here again. Too bad, I loved the high light replays on the tube. GO BUC’S!

  17. scubog Says:

    I don’t know much about Chip Kelly but he strikes me as a Steve Spurrier type with a reputation as an innovative offensive “genius” who, in spite of never winning in the NFL yet, is convinced by his bursting ego that one day guys like Buddy Ryan’s fat son Rex, will be “kissing his ring”.