Chip Kelly turned down the chance to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. During the week Kelly coaches against the Bucs, he explained his version of why.
"I didn't want to leave the staff at Oregon at that time," Kelly said. "I didn't want to leave the players at Oregon at that time."
Kelly said his decision to stay at Oregon was because he preferred his situation than the NFL. He said he was impressed with the Glazer brothers, who own the Bucs, and Mark Dominik, Tampa Bay's general manager. But he wasn't itching to coach in the NFL. They met while Kelly was on a recruiting trip, so he never visited Tampa Bay.
"I didn't have NFL aspirations," Kelly said. "They contacted me and I said I would go and interview as long as it didn't affect my recruiting. It was the first time I was contacted by a team....I listened, is what happened."