Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:46 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 6:49 am

The Daily Shoutout: Wishy-washy Chip Kelly

OPENING HIT: To say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a little upset with Chip Kelly is an understatement. They are, well, furious.

A team source confirmed a Register-Guard report from Eugene that Kelly had agreed, then backed out of an agreement to coach the Bucs. It concludes yet another strange chapter in the history of Tampa coaching searches.

The Bucs are angry. One team source called Kelly "wishy-washy" and used a few other choice words. This is from the Bucs team perspective, and I suspect Kelly will give his side very shortly (and that side of the story will be portrayed very differently). But in the end none of this reflects well on Kelly. He looks soft, at least from the NFL side of things.

There is some history behind the Bucs being irritated. Bill Parcells had agreed to become the coach in 1992 and then famously backed out at the last second. That led to one of the funniest (saddest?) quotes in recent NFL history when owner Hugh Culverhouse said: "I feel like I've been jilted at the altar."

Now they've been jilted again.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bucs, CFB, Ducks, NFL
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:01 am

Raheem Morris hot seat

Representatives of Tampa Bay Buccaneers ownership spent part of Sunday night and Monday morning speaking to players and others throughout the organization about coach Raheem Morris, according to an agent who represents one of the Buccaneers players.

This isn't a shock. This is what a smart team does when it's deciding whether or not to keep its head coach. You gather as much intel as possible before making a decision.

The real shock is how ownership has been able to -- for the moment -- keep their decision a secret. Nothing -- for the moment -- has leaked.

Actually, one sentiment is beginning to (slightly). Ownership doesn't truly want to fire Morris but feel they may not have a choice. The team has lost 10 straight games and there's little question Morris has lost the locker room. Bucs ownership, I'm also told, is extremely concerned about the effect bringing Morris back will have on ticket sales for next season.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bucs, NFL
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