"I didn't have NFL aspirations," Kelly said. "They contacted me and I said I would go and interview as long as it didn't affect my recruiting. It was the first time I was contacted by a team. . . . I listened is what happened."
The Buccaneers eventually hired former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. Schiano said Wednesday that Tampa Bay's interest in Kelly actually convinced him how much he wanted the job.
"I really loved my time at Rutgers, and had plenty of opportunities to go elsewhere, and in the end I never felt it was right," Schiano said. "One of the things that actually really led me to believe that this was the time was when I thought Chip had accepted the job; I was . . . disappointed. That kind of told me I did want it. And sometimes you don't realize you want something until you don't have it."
McCoy stands by tweet
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy opened his Wednesday news conference by saying Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is "a heck of a running back." The context was a tweet McCoy had sent over the weekend in which he said Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno "sucks." McCoy didn't back off his comment Wednesday.
"What I said is what I meant," McCoy said.
He also said he doesn't regret tweeting it, and it didn't become an issue with Kelly.
"Only thing Coach said to me was stay focused on the next game - that's what really matters," McCoy said. "It's a big game for us to win. That's what I'm really worried about."
In addition to quarterback Michael Vick's being limited in Wednesday's practice, cornerback Brandon Boykin (groin), punter Donnie Jones (left foot), and running back Chris Polk (ankle) were limited. . . . Safety Patrick Chung was a full participant in practice for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury Sept. 19. If he is healthy enough to play - and it appears he will be - the Eagles likely will use a safety rotation. . . . Boykin is a key player in the Eagles' secondary, so his injury is important to monitor. Jones' left foot is his punting foot. . . . Receiver DeSean Jackson was named NFC offensive player of the week. He made seven catches for 132 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Giants.