Oregon’s Chip Kelly is the hot name in several NFL coaching searches, including Cleveland’s (reportedly). At his last press conference before the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, Kelly addressed questions about his interest in coaching an NFL team-
“I don’t expect anything. I’ve 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’s reluctance to answer even the most obvious questions surrounding the reported interest NFL teams have in him is a clear indication that something is a brewin’. But it doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.
Kelly said NFL talk hasn’t been a distraction because he hasn’t talked about it with his team.
“I’ve never been asked a question by one of my players,” he said. “I think one of the tenets of how we do things in our program is we don’t let outside influences control our lives. It’s kind of just noise to us. They’ve never said a word to me. I’ve never said a word to them. I always believe that praise and blame is all the same. You can’t, again, be a selective participant and listen to things that are good being said about you and block out bad things being said about you.”