Video: Chip Kelly’s Oregon Offense – Can It Work for the Eagles?

There’s no one more annoying than that kid that runs the same plays over and over again in Madden. What’s worse is when those bullshit plays actually work. If you call a defense to stop one of the plays, he has a counter. It may seem simple, but it’s destructive, and you have no chance at ever winning.

Well, Chip Kelly is that kid, and he’s the Eagles’ coach whether we like it or not.

His offense at Oregon was not particularly complicated and it eviscerated most college defenses. With a variety of read options and screens, Kelly’s offense was easily adaptable and constantly created mismatches.

Obviously this move is controversial considering Kelly has no NFL experience and uses all these gimmicks at such an inferior level, with Heath Evans leading the charge against such lunacy.

Surely no coach would ever use such a Mickey Mouse offense against the best of the best in the NFL.

Well, now that I think about it, maybe one or two would… watch this video Hank helped me put together. Seriously. If you think Chip Kelly’s system can’t work at the NFL level, watch and explain to me why.

Produced by Hank Mushinski, Analysis and Commentary by Nick Carroll. The reproduction of game footage herein is for educational purposes only.

In a lot of ways, Kelly was the most important and influential coach in the NFL this season, even if he was still at Oregon.

Jim Harbaugh, a purebred, throwback NFL coach, lauded and beloved by the masses, abandoned his successful pro-style offense for a variation of Kelly’s spread offense when he turned to Colin Kaepernick.

Maybe people are scared of change, but why? Bill Belichick embraced aspects of Kelly’s offense.

I guess we might as well address Evans’ complaints:

1) He took advantage of a recruiting advantage that he won’t have in the NFL

Kelly only coached one ESPN top-15 recruiting class and finished in the AP top five in three of his four years as head coach(he finished 11th in his first year). If you want to look back to his to his time as offensive coordinator at Oregon, the Ducks finished 23rd and 10th in those seasons. It’s safe to say that his recruiting classes overachieved, and Kelly is probably a big reason why.

Just look at Oregon’s record before and after 2007. The program took a massive step forward the day he got there.

2) Outcoached by Stanford

Yes, Stanford topped Oregon 17-14 this year.

Since Kelly took over Oregon’s offense in 2007, the same year Jim Harbaugh took over Stanford, Oregon is 4-2 against the Cardinal, averaging almost 42 points per game.
Sure, completely outcoached. Whatever you say, Heath.

3) QB Exposed to Injury

This is might actually have some merit to it. Kelly does rely on his quarterback to carry the ball more than most coaches. However, his starting quarterback missed six games in six years at Oregon. All things considered, that’s really not that bad for any quarterback.
I didn’t really think it’s fair to destroy Heath Evans like this until I remember he gets paid to spread this baseless and mindless drivel. But, really, that’s what most of the arguments against Kelly are.

He comes from a different background and people fear risk, especially in a conservative sport like football (just look at coach’s reluctance to attempt to convert fourth downs and misguided philosophies like teams winning with a running game).

The real concerns will come when Kelly has to make adjustments in close games (which he rarely played in at Oregon), but that question exists for almost any coach with NFL head coaching experience. There’s also the issue of who runs the defense, but remember Andy Reid was able to defer to Jim Johnson in that area and it worked out pretty well. Let’s just hope Kelly makes the right hire as the defensive coordinator.

Now, I’ve heard quite a few people say his system doesn’t fit the personnel. I don’t agree with this. Howard Mudd’s residue on the offensive line gives Kelly athletic linemen for his spread offense.

He has two small, quick receivers to take advantage of the bubble screens he likes to throw. He’ll also have two dynamic runners that could be dangerous in his system.
Nick Foles probably does not fit in his system, but are we really that invested in a third-round pick?

But, let’s be real, as I addressed here, this roster isn’t set in stone. An overhaul would not be out of line if Kelly thinks it’ll serve this organization best in the long run. This team isn’t any good and there wouldn’t be anything wrong with changing the makeup, no matter who’s coaching and whatever philosophy he has.

Kelly will run into the same stumbling blocks that any new coach taking over a bad team would, but the risk is not as significant as many of the pundits believe.

Posted on May 10, 2013, in Eagles, Hank Mushinski, Nick Carroll, Posts, Video Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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