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Chip Kelly Addresses NFL Talk

Transcripts of Chip Kelly's post-game via the Fiesta Bowl

Chip Kelly will now listen to NFL teams looking for a head coach.

You mentioned all week your sole focus was on the Fiesta Bowl. Now that the game is over, when will you entertain thoughts on the NFL?

"I'll talk to Dave tomorrow. He was great. I was getting a haircut. I tried to get a haircut on New Year's Day and couldn't figure out why stores weren't open. That's the kind of stupid life a coach leads. But I was getting my hair cut on Wednesday and saw my name at the bottom of ESPN, which I thought was funny because I haven't talked to anybody. I'll sit down and talk with Dave. I've said I'll always listen. That's what I'll do.

But I know that people want to talk to me because of our players. The success of our football program has always been about our guys. It's an honor that someone would say they wanted to talk to me about maybe moving on to coach in the National Football League. But it's because of what those guys do.

So I'll listen and we'll see."

I am sure you heard the fans late in the game chanting, Chip, we want you to stay. What does that mean to you?

"I think it just really for me reaffirms what this place is all about. It's a special place with special people. They've accepted me six years ago when I was at New Hampshire. Not many people knew about me. Gave me an opportunity to come here. It really means a lot.

When you now weight the pros and cons in the next weeks of going to the NFL, what are some of the draws to you of moving on and coaching at the next level?

"I don't really know. I mean, that's part of what this whole thing is. It's more a fact-finding mission, finding out if it fits or doesn't fit. I don't really have that answer. Like I said, I've been in one interview in my life for the National Football League, and that was a year ago.

I don't really have any preconceived notions about it. I think that's what this deal is all about for me. It's not going to affect us in terms of were' not on the road.

I'll get an opportunity if people do call, see where they are. I want to get it wrapped up quickly and figure out where I'm going to be."

Do you have interviews scheduled with the Eagles?

"My agent is outstanding and he knows that I wanted to coach this football game. There was nothing I was ever going to do that was going to distract me from this game, nor was it going to distract my players from this game.

I'll talk to Dave tonight or tomorrow and see what he's done on my behalf. That's why I have him. This wasn't going to be a distraction. It wasn't a distraction for me. I think it's an honor. But I think it's an honor because of the players we have in this program that people want to talk to me."

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