Chip Kelly talks NFL, staff continuity and Tupac
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 1, 2013
The NFL's Black Monday didn't do anything to slow down the number of questions Oregon coach Chip Kelly has gotten about the possibility of a move to the professional level.
It didn't really speed it up either since that would be almost impossible. Kelly has been asked about NFL jobs at least once every day since arriving in Arizona to begin preparations for the Fiesta Bowl, according to the Associated Press.
"I've got a game to play," he told the AP Monday during Fiesta Bowl media day. "We're playing in the Fiesta Bowl. That's the biggest thing in my life. If I allowed other things to get into my life, then they would be distractions, but there aren't. Our focus 100 percent is on the Fiesta Bowl. My heart is to win today and that's it. I know everybody wants to hear a different answer. And I know that at times when I don't give you guys the answer that you guys want, then I'm being evasive. I'm not being evasive."
That exchange wasn't Kelly's most interesting of the day, though. You can see that in the video below as Kelly is interviewed by, among others, former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.
Kelly told Nutt one of the key's to his team's success is staff continuity.
"One thing that doesn't go unnoticed by us, but I don't think people really realize is our staff has been together for four years," he said. "We haven't lost a strength coach, we haven't lost an assistant coach. Our operations staff is the same. The people that touch our kids on a daily basis haven't changed. There's a consistency in our message."
He also talked about how the team's sets its preseason goals based around the end of the year holidays.
"We want to spend Thanksgiving together as a team. We want to spend Christmas with our families and we want to spend New Year's together as a team," he said. "If we're in a Jan. 1 or later bowl then we can do that. For four years, we have done that."
The video wraps up with Kelly being asked rapid fire questions about his favorite things in life. For the record, he'll take Tupac over Biggie, French toast over pancakes and Batman over Spiderman just to name a few.
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org