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Chip Kelly a hot candidate

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly laughs as he

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly laughs as he answers a reporter's question during media day for the Fiesta Bowl in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Dec. 31, 2012) Credit: AP

Chip Kelly was the first choice of the Bucs last year, but the Oregon coach decided to stay with the Ducks for the 2012 season. Now we'll see if Kelly is ready to jump to the NFL this time around.

He'll certainly have plenty of opportunities.

The Browns, Bills and Eagles are set to interview Kelly for their head coaching vacancy, but it won’t happen until Friday. Kelly’s first order of business is facing Kansas State in Thursday night’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Kelly has been peppered with questions all week about his future, and he faced even more today when he was asked if he expected to be contacted by NFL teams after the Fiesta Bowl.
“I don't expect anything,” he said. “I said this a million times. I'm never surprised by anything. I do not know what the future holds. I do know we have a football game tomorrow night and I'm going to be there.”

Kelly runs a fast-paced offensive system that is now starting to catch on in the NFL. Patriots coach Bill Belichick consulted Kelly before the season and implemented elements of the Ducks’ offense in New England’s attack.

Browns safety T.J. Ward, who played for Kelly at Oregon, said the coach would be an excellent fit.

“I think the players in the NFL would respect him and they will respect how he approaches you," Ward told reporters. “He lets you do your job. In college, he treated us like pros. I think that's what players respect and appreciate about him.”

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