deerayfan072 wrote:News is that Chip Kelly will be new Bucs coach. Could explain why Thomas left early
Obviously we both know that Kelly has decided to stay put in Eugene (thank god). I heard that rumor about DT having inside knowledge about Kelly moving on. However, I read several articles saying that wasn't the case. Nobody knew that Kelly was in talks with the Bucs other than the Oregon brass, not the current players, not incoming recruits, not even the lower level coaches. I think Kelly really was just humoring the Bucs and wanted to test the waters in the NFL. When it was all said and done, I'm sure the deal to coach the Bucs was not much of an improvement from what he's getting at Oregon. Morris was getting 2mil a year, I'm sure Kelly would have received more than that, but he'll be getting like 3.2mil next year if he reaches all his bonus incentives. And the thing about his Oregon job is that he's pretty much got a job with the Ducks as long as he wants it. For him to leave a position that pays VERY well, and it damn near guaranteed for life, the team wooing him better be willing to fork out some serious cash.
That said, I'm very familiar with how rare it is to have a long term coach, and I'm sure he will move on sooner or later, but right now I'm glad he changed his mind.