Skip to content

Chip Kelly on his offense in the NFL: “Don’t know, haven’t been there”

Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio - Wisconsin v Oregon Getty Images

Oregon coach Chip Kelly is expected to get at least one NFL job offer after his team plays in Thursday’s Fiesta Bowl. But as successful as Kelly’s system has been at the college level, Kelly himself admits that he has no basis for saying whether or not it would work at the next level.

Don’t know, haven’t been there,” Kelly said.

Three NFL head coaches left college head-coaching jobs to take their current positions, but all three of them had very different backgrounds than Kelly: Jim Harbaugh was an NFL player for 14 seasons and an NFL assistant for two seasons before getting the head job at Stanford and then jumping to the 49ers. Pete Carroll was an NFL head coach in two different spots and had four different NFL assistant jobs before becoming head coach at USC and then leaving for the Seahawks. And Greg Schiano had three seasons of experience as an NFL assistant before going to Rutgers and then leaving for the Buccaneers.

Kelly, on the other hand, has zero NFL experience and had never even had any experience in major college football before Oregon hired him, first plucking him out of relative obscurity at the University of New Hampshire to coordinate the Ducks’ offense, and then promoting him to head coach. And Kelly is a much less conventional coach than Harbaugh, Carroll and Schiano: Kelly runs a spread offense that has only very recently begun to be incorporated in the NFL, and he also has a different approach to game day strategies and play calling: Kelly will go for two at times when any NFL coach would kick an extra point, he’ll go for it on fourth down at times when any NFL coach would punt, and he generally delights in taking the unconventional approach to his business.

But Kelly does say he believes he can accommodate his style of coaching to any type of personnel on his team.

“There’s a lot of ways to play football,” Kelly said. “Trends go one way and the other. . . . Any coach is going to learn from other people and see how they can implement it in their system. Anything you do has to be personnel driven. You have to adapt to the personnel you have. There’s a lot of great offenses out there, but does it fit with the personnel you have. The key is making sure what you’re doing is giving your people a chance to be successful.”

With both the Eagles and the Browns expected to interview Kelly this week, and other teams potentially having interest as well, Kelly will almost certainly get the opportunity to show that he can be successful in the NFL.

Permalink 35 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
35 Responses to “Chip Kelly on his offense in the NFL: “Don’t know, haven’t been there””
  1. baredon says: Jan 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    He’s crazy to jump into the land of multi-millionaire baby’s who won’t act as college kids done…

    Sabin, Spurrier, etc

  2. fuglyflorio says: Jan 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    He’d better hurry. Gimmicks only last a year or two in the NFL.

  3. somekat says: Jan 2, 2013 3:39 PM

    I think the 2 you mentioned had a bigger problem adjusting to the fact that their 3rd string wasn’t usually more talented than the other teams first string, than they did the NFL game.

    I know Oregon enjoys a recruiting advantage to a lot of their competition, but the ones they are above, it isn’t as much as Spurrier and Sabin had, and there are actually teams like USC they are below

  4. eatitfanboy says: Jan 2, 2013 3:40 PM

    If I was hiring a coach from the college ranks this year, it would be David Shaw.

    Sure, he only has two years as a head coach on any level, but his Stanford teams are 23-4 in two seasons with players he had a big hand in recruiting as Harbaugh’s assistant. He was with Harbaugh for 5 years.

    He also has 9 years experience as an NFL assistant, and has been around coaching his whole life- his father was also an NFL coach.

    And he coaches a much more NFL comparable offense and I believe would be much less risky than Kelly.

  5. buffalobills2012 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    Chip Kelly to Buffalo.

  6. buffalobills2012 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:44 PM

    Chip Kelly and CJ Spiller = a lot of freaking yards and points

  7. totallyuselessme says: Jan 2, 2013 3:45 PM

    As a Browns fan, I wouldn’t mind giving him a shot.

    But I wouldn’t want him to adapt too much. I like a guy that takes risks. I like a guy willing to gamble and defy convention. The thing is, that’s what’s gotten him success where he’s come from, so I don’t want him to change it and try to be conservative all of a sudden, ’cause that’s not where his heart’s at.

    He just has to be ready for the criticism, because here in Cleveland, there will be no shortage of it.

  8. howiehandles says: Jan 2, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m really intrigued by Chip Kelly in the pros. My only question isn’t so much will his system work in the pros, as by his stating

    “Anything you do has to be personnel driven. You have to adapt to the personnel you have. There’s a lot of great offenses out there, but does it fit with the personnel you have. The key is making sure what you’re doing is giving your people a chance to be successful.”

    tells me he will be flexible, which is important. But what really concerns me is how he’s going to deal with players. These won’t be 18 year old kids being home for the first time, but grown ass men, millionaires no less, who I’m sure will not welcome him with opens arms, being a career college coach.

  9. thehuckster404 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:47 PM

    “Anything you do has to be personnel driven. You have to adapt to the personnel you have. There’s a lot of great offenses out there, but does it fit with the personnel you have. The key is making sure what you’re doing is giving your people a chance to be successful.”

    Good answer, Chip.

    The question was, “Why hasn’t any NFL team fully committed to having Tebow run their offense?”

  10. mvp43 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:47 PM

    If Kelly gets a shot, good for him but He better surround himself with coaches with NFL experience, otherwise he’ll be another Steve Spurier.

  11. bobonmycob says: Jan 2, 2013 3:48 PM

    fuglyflorio says:Jan 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    He’d better hurry. Gimmicks only last a year or two in the NFL.

    You mean like the redskins and RG3 playing that college offense? LOL…

  12. grantgoodman93 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:51 PM

    I just don’t see this guy being a success in the NFL.

  13. lilrob10201 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:53 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong,but do the Patriots run the same kind of offense that Chip Kelly runs ?

  14. wte1 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:53 PM

    Yahoo Sports has a good article today about why Kelly would jump at an opportunity in the NFL.

    Most notably, the Oregon boosters can be a pain. They complain he doesn’t play golf with them enough and he video-conferences into a weekly luncheon rather than driving to Portland.

  15. armchairqb says: Jan 2, 2013 4:01 PM

    Let me answer that one for you, Chip: nope, won’t work.

  16. elliottcovert says: Jan 2, 2013 4:02 PM

    You can already see Bill Belichick incorporating elements of what Kelly does at Oregon into the Patriots offense, most notably the offensive principal of running as many plays as rapidly as possible in order to wear out/confuse the defense and maximize yardage. It’s working in New England and Tom Brady is definately a traditional pocket passer. I could see it working in the NFL.

  17. seeptermean says: Jan 2, 2013 4:03 PM

    Would you consider the west coast offense implemented Bill Walsh in the 80’s as a gimmick offense? Some gimmick offenses actually do end up working. If teams want to take a chance, let them take a chance, it’s better than doing the same old thing over and over again, in my opinion.

  18. u2krazie says: Jan 2, 2013 4:09 PM

    Steve Spurrier 2.0

    When Steve was hot and jumped to Redskin, there were a lot of lovin feeling about Redskin’s future.
    But it was all hype…

    Those who don’t know history…????

  19. unbiased5 says: Jan 2, 2013 4:14 PM

    It’s completely irrelevant whether or not Oregon’s offense would work in the NFL. Chip has said multiple times that he wouldn’t run it in the NFL.

  20. adm350 says: Jan 2, 2013 4:16 PM

    Love to see Chip Kelly in the NFL, just not in Philly

  21. snowpea84 says: Jan 2, 2013 4:18 PM

    This guy is a disaster waiting to happen. Trends in football are overrated. The sample sizes are always to small to be able to make predictions from the data.
    What coach doesn’t say the personnel dictates the scheme and playcall?

  22. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 2, 2013 4:27 PM

    “There’s a lot of ways to play football,” Kelly said. “Trends go one way and the other. . . . Any coach is going to learn from other people and see how they can implement it in their system. Anything you do has to be personnel driven. You have to adapt to the personnel you have. There’s a lot of great offenses out there, but does it fit with the personnel you have. The key is making sure what you’re doing is giving your people a chance to be successful.”
    ___________________________________

    He may or may not succeed in the NFL, but I already like him better than Reid.

  23. justintuckrule says: Jan 2, 2013 4:28 PM

    Now’s the time to hire a college coach. With Goodell’s proliferation of offense in the NFL, a college coach’s goofy system has a good chance to succeed.

  24. thefiesty1 says: Jan 2, 2013 4:28 PM

    He’d already have his spread offense QB with McCoy in Cleveland. So, personnel there would be a plus.

  25. myvickinabox14 says: Jan 2, 2013 4:29 PM

    I really hope the Eagles get this guy. I love the fact that 90% of people are completely anti Chip Kelly. I love the offense that he runs. I think that give it a year and everyone will be saying that they knew Chip Kelly’s offense would work in the NFL. I’m Pro Chip Kelly. Lets go Eagles!!

  26. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 2, 2013 4:34 PM

    Yea, gimmicks and fads never last in the NFL. That whole “forward pass” thing will never last.

  27. all4patriots says: Jan 2, 2013 4:35 PM

    lilrob,

    The Patriots do NOT run the same kind of offense that Chip Kelly runs.

    Belichick did borrow some of the basic operational stuff, like how do you get 11 guys on the same page to run another play in 10 seconds; answer: one syllable play calls. This allows you to wear down the opposing pass rush

    personell-wise the offenses are nothing alike though, just the tempo

  28. flakeybiscuits says: Jan 2, 2013 4:38 PM

    im so tired of the ultra conservative play calling that us bills fans have suffered through the past 6 some years between jauron and gailey, etc. i almost just want this guy to coach us just to see what the heck its like to actually play to win, instead of playing not to loose.

  29. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 2, 2013 4:47 PM

    The next Don Coryell

  30. joeychargers says: Jan 2, 2013 4:50 PM

    I still want him in San Diego!

  31. mogogo1 says: Jan 2, 2013 5:00 PM

    What gets lost in most of these discussions is how little experience Kelly actually has: Not only has he never been in the NFL, he hasn’t even been around big-time college football very long. With the right assistants he could be something special, but he brings so little personal experience to the table it’s also easy to imagine him being totally overwhelmed with what running an NFL team entails.

  32. tbstudee says: Jan 2, 2013 5:40 PM

    I see Jerry Jones going after this guy. Whether or not Chip Kelly is interested in that type of situation is another story…

  33. pacodawg says: Jan 2, 2013 6:11 PM

    High risk high reward

  34. shadylamp says: Jan 2, 2013 7:00 PM

    You all are forgetting to consider; his offense just doesn’t beat teams, it destroys teams. They avg over 45 points per game and he’s done it with 2 different QBs. Its the system, not the players. I am skeptical it will work in the NFL though. The windows just close up so much faster and you better have a damn good offensive line to give more time for plays to develop. He’s just so creative though, I think he’ll find a way to win in the NFL. I’m tired of the Browns punting of 4th and inches from there own 40 yard line. Shurmur was so bad that anyone they bring in will be an upgrade. Ole’ Shurmur pulled out the trickery on the last meaningless game of the season with a fake punt. WOW, what a risk taker this guy. Now its time for him to go join Trent Dilfer and the other losers who did nothing in the NFL but act like they’re so insightful as a “professional analyst”

  35. platt22 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:49 PM

    Wherever he goes he needs to go after Vick.. if anyone could revive his career it would take a spread offense and give the coach a useful veteran

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!