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Chip Kelly brushes off college-to-NFL transition: “Football is football”

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New Eagles coach Chip Kelly is joining a very small group of men who have become NFL head coaches without any previous professional football experience. But he doesn’t think that’s a problem.

Kelly said at his introductory press conference that he doesn’t see any reason that his style of coaching can’t work at the next level, because he essentially has the same job: Put players in the best position to win games.

“Football is football,” Kelly said. “This is football at it’s highest level, but it’s still a game that’s played 11-on-11. It’s about putting together a great coaching staff, having a great organization behind you and having great players. Ultimately, whether it’s high school football, college football or professional football, it’s a personnel-driven operation.”

Kelly is an extremely unconventional choice for the Eagles. In addition to having no experience at all in the pros, he also has only four years of experience as a head coach at the college level, and he takes a highly unusual approach to the game, in everything from the offensive system he runs to his tendency to go for two in the first quarter.

Kelly said he doesn’t know who the Eagles’ starting quarterback will be, but he spoke favorably about both Nick Foles and Michael Vick. Whoever the quarterback is, Kelly says he’s confident that he can make things work in the NFL.

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  1. huskersrock1 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    “The NFL is such a pushover I had to go back to South Carolina just for the challenge.”

    - Steve Spurrier never

  2. mgbleedsgreen says: Jan 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    Chip Kelly has already said more to the Philadelphia media than Andy Reid did in 14 years.

    Time’s yours.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    “Football is football”. Except in America, where they call it “soccer”.

  4. theuglitruth says: Jan 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Thanks for the update Spurrier!

  5. phileborn says: Jan 17, 2013 1:53 PM

    I’m on board with the hire, but football is not football. Included with selecting the proper personnel is the task of having your players buy into your system. It’s much easier to tell a kid in college that “my system will work” as opposed to a 3-10 year veteran.

  6. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 17, 2013 1:55 PM

    Nick Saban disagrees.

  7. reppster says: Jan 17, 2013 1:56 PM

    I would have to disagree with you on this one. the NFL is a completely different game than college football.

  8. 1oldpro says: Jan 17, 2013 1:56 PM

    Like I said before, this is going to be interesting.

  9. bucrightoff says: Jan 17, 2013 1:57 PM

    Hey Chip remember

    a) There’s a salary cap in the NFL (so you don’t get the extremely massive talent advantage you had at Oregon, nor Papa Knight’s funding)

    b) You don’t get 10-20 #1 overall picks a year in Philly like you go at Oregon

    c) There are no Division I-AA scrubs in the NFL

    d) Losing a game because of your gimmicks means nothing in college. The first time you lose because you went for two in the first quarter? Start retyping the resume

    Otherwise yeah, pretty much the same.

  10. oaklegend says: Jan 17, 2013 1:58 PM

    That should send a chill down the spine of Eagles fans.

  11. eagleaniac says: Jan 17, 2013 1:58 PM

    We’ll just have to wait and see, the makeup of his staff is huge.

  12. timbuttrum says: Jan 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    Sure it is. Call Spurrier and asking him if “pitching the old ball around” is the same in the NFL as it was in college. As a Skins fan, I hope you keep that mentality.

  13. commonsensedude says: Jan 17, 2013 2:02 PM

    “Football is football?” Isn’t that the same thing that the replacement refs who had no professional experience used to say?

  14. weepingjebus says: Jan 17, 2013 2:04 PM

    Oh boy.

  15. snowpea84 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:04 PM

    Spoken like a guy who doesn’t know enough to know that he’s in over his head.

  16. armeniandelight4 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:04 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I am satisfied with Kelly’s position as far as designing plays that maximize the strengths of the roster. I think that having a solid team identity is more important than “being married to” a specific scheme, as our admittedly redundant owner has stated numerous times haha. Kelly seems to be on board with that notion, and he is also generally making a very good first impression in this press conference. Obviously, we should be wary about his umbrella statement that “football is football,” as there are very real leaps and adjustments that a college coach must make in order to be successful in the NFL. But I think that Kelly understands that, and I just can’t wait to see what this guy can do for our team.

  17. kd75 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:06 PM

    Spurrier said the same thing…

  18. bobonmycob says: Jan 17, 2013 2:06 PM

    I can’t wait to see this guy do a good job. Then we will see every so called “fan” here back peddle on Kelly. You people are really opening up a can of worms here. If the Eagles do well with this man it will be our mission to harrass every single one of you that doubted him and said he couldnt do it. If he fails (highly unlikely) we can say “wow you guys sure are football smart!” with a sarcastic smile. Either way all of you tarrot card readers need to be quiet and wait for the next season to begin before you judge.

  19. thesmedman says: Jan 17, 2013 2:07 PM

    Oh, dear. Philadelphia fans might be in for a rude awakening with this guy. It is most certainly different between college and professional football. I’m certain Nick Saban would say that.

    Agree that this should send a chill down the spine of Eagles fans.

    At least with Bradley they had a guy who had been in the NFL. But this guy portends for potentially being clueless as to movement to the pro game.

    Which scares me as an Eagles fan.

    For the life of me, I do not understand why they were so obsessed with a guy with completely no experience at the pro level. And jeez, they may not have been the perfect solution, but they passed on two guys who have coached in Super Bowls, one of whom won the SB.

  20. autoriot says: Jan 17, 2013 2:14 PM

    “bucrightoff says: d) Losing a game because of your gimmicks means nothing in college. The first time you lose because you went for two in the first quarter? Start retyping the resume”

    What an ignorant and ridiculous thing to say. Losing a single game in college can be the difference between playing in the National Championship and playing in the Fiesta Bowl. You sir, clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

  21. rbanks51 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:14 PM

    b) You don’t get 10-20 #1 overall picks a year in Philly like you go at Oregon

    Oregon didn’t really have many NFL prospects. He recruited players that fit his system.

  22. kingdm8 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:16 PM

    bucrightoff says:Jan 17, 2013 1:57 PM

    Hey Chip remember

    c) There are no Division I-AA scrubs in the NFL
    _________________________________

    Apparently you didn’t see the Jaguars, Chiefs or Cardinals play this season.

  23. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    “Football is football and the college and NFL game are the same.” Sincerely, Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier

  24. j0esixpack says: Jan 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    No its not Chip.

    College football success depends on recruiting – not drafting or cap space and free agency as in the NFL.

    Motivating guys who just got a $30 million guaranteed bonus is also VERY different than motivating a kid who has a strong incentive to behave well and perform well in order to get a big NFL payday as well.

    There’s a long list of former NFL coaches who have lost the ability to motivate or direct their pampered spoiled players. Since its easier to cut a coach than guys with guaranteed cap-impacting contracts, they’re the ones who lose their jobs – not the players.

  25. u2krazie says: Jan 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    No. Stay away. That’s Steve Spurrier.

    Signed,
    Dan Snyder

  26. anarchopurplism says: Jan 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    He probably be better off long term as an OC. Someone to check the uber risky gimmicks at the door

    Do college head coaches ever think that NFL transition strategy?

  27. phreakin says: Jan 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    He’s in for a big surprise when he tries to bully an NFL player into listening as opposed to a college kid. NOW you’re with grown men Chip. You can’t get them kicked out of school or the team

  28. albertmn says: Jan 17, 2013 2:26 PM

    Give the guy a chance. Everyone is pointing to Spurrier or Saban to “prove” that Chip Kelly can’t make it work. Will he make it work? I don’t know. But, just because a couple of others didn’t make it work, doesn’t mean Kelly can’t. I look forward to seeing what he might bring to the offense and whether or not it might work. Not an Eagles fan, but I applaud the Eagles for taking a chance, because what they were doing wasn’t working at all.

  29. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 17, 2013 2:28 PM

    It saddens me that the Eagles aren’t on my team’s schedule next year. :( <—–sad face

  30. Dolphins Nation says: Jan 17, 2013 2:28 PM

    Things will go well in this style of offense until the hits take there toll on the QB…..See Michael Vick, running QB’s do not have long term success in the NFL. It works much better in college because they only play 3-4 years in college.

  31. kennyking33 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:28 PM

    so wait…this guy has only 2 different uniforms and a throwback to work with? that’s NOTHING like Oregon……

    Oregon is the Paris Hilton of College Football,
    They are famous for no real reason,
    they are always getting into trouble and
    they have a rich daddy who dresses them pretty!!

  32. timpaz says: Jan 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    It’s got to better than the style of football Reid played , throw every down and mismanage your timeouts and clock.

  33. hor2012 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:33 PM

    Ok, I’ve coached playground football and had three winning season in a row. We led the league in scoring three years running. So, any D1 schools please contact me. I mean football is just football. Now, that being said I like the hire but he’s going to learn there is a big difference from where he came from and where he’s going

  34. calhounlambeau says: Jan 17, 2013 2:33 PM

    Steve Spurrier has admitted he needs an off-season and has interests outside of football, he didn’t like the NFL because it never had a break. He wasn’t a football diehard like these maniacs in the NFL…I don’t know how Kelly will do but to compare the situation to Spurrier is absurd.

  35. fanofevilempire says: Jan 17, 2013 2:34 PM

    dude, you are in philly now, they boo santa and they beat people up in the stands.

    this fella is in trouble.

  36. fmwarner says: Jan 17, 2013 2:36 PM

    This isn’t Spurrier 2.0.

    Spurrier not only thought his college schemes would work at the NFL level, he thought his college PLAYERS would Danny Wuerffel? I doubt Chip Kelly is going to name Dennis Dixon or Darron Thomas his starting QB.

  37. mrphatal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:37 PM

    As long as Juanita, Mudd and McDermott arent on his staff, … Err Wait, Im still Nervous!

  38. sargespeak says: Jan 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    Jeffrey Lurie said Chip will be coach for long time!

  39. mrphatal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:41 PM

    sargespeak says: Jan 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    Jeffrey Lurie said Chip will be coach for long time!

    – Hopefully not another 14 year game plan to achieve NOTHING!!

  40. mike5011ad says: Jan 17, 2013 2:42 PM

    Didn’t everyone say the same thing about Jim Harbaugh, who coached for 6 years in college before becoming an NFL head coach. I’m not saying it’s a slam dunk, but It’s a lot easier today than it was 10 years ago.

  41. ndizzl says: Jan 17, 2013 2:43 PM

    Give the guy a chance. Hes not Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban or whoever else you want to compare him to. He has a brilliant football mind and facets of his offense are already used in the NFL. I know a lot of you haters are hoping he fails but to judge him now is idiotic.

  42. The Shoeman says: Jan 17, 2013 2:46 PM

    Spurrier was away from NFL about 25 years.

    The Redskins were also a pitiful franchise.

    Chip Kelly . . eats, and breathes football.

    No COMPARISON at all.

  43. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 17, 2013 2:48 PM

    Chip Kelly sounds good already. He’s absolutely right, this is a game about who has the best personnel, on and off the field. If you are smart and you have the right men who know the game and understand what they are doing better than the other team, then you win and they can’t stop you. This is a thinking man’s game and a strategy game. Not many NFL team’s get this, and so Chip Kelly will scoop up a lot of default value by simply paying attention and understanding what this game is about.

  44. zeke2517 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:49 PM

    He just wanted to say “football” twice in one sentence. Jon Gruden says that’s a dirty trick. Football.

  45. thunderbirdhotel says: Jan 17, 2013 2:49 PM

    Though he obviously didnt commit to a QB during his first press conference he made a comment about a QB needing to be durable and smart, or in other words “not mike vick”.

  46. mojosmagic says: Jan 17, 2013 2:50 PM

    The people who keep trying to compare Chip Kelly to Steve Spurrier are imbeciles. They are nothing alike. They have completely different philosophies, intellect, work ethic and personality. The only thing they have in common is they both came out from college programs. If you follow college football and took the time to study programs and systems you would know that. Ignorance is just spouting crap you heard from some moronic talking head. I can’t wait to see what Kelly brings to the pro game.

  47. knackstermyea says: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    Sounds like he has a “Chip” on his shoulder.

  48. ern215 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:55 PM

    i disagree chip, in college if a player doesnt pan out for whatever reason u can yank their scholarship, in the nfl it aint so easy, you have the union, contractual situations, etc………..

  49. gatornation85 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:56 PM

    “Football is football.” Tell that to Saban, Spurrier, Butch Davis, Petrino….

  50. phelbin says: Jan 17, 2013 2:58 PM

    Everyone always has to mention that he’s been a HC for ONLY 4 years. Yeah…but have you seen what he’s done in those 4 years? Their record is 46-7, four BCS bowls, and top 5 rankings in 3 of his 4 years. He has dominated college football at a school that isn’t a traditional football powerhouse.

    Also, read option is old-school football, but he’s been really innovative. And suddenly you see elements of his offense being used by NFL teams. Anyone who says Chip Kelley’s tempo can’t work in the NFL hasn’t watched New England play this year.

  51. damon089 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:59 PM

    If it doesn’t work, then why would Belichick take from Kelly’s book? Makes no sense……

  52. thesixersbench says: Jan 17, 2013 3:00 PM

    Lotta lazy thinkers here in the comment section.

    Enjoyable to read the same neckbeards regurgitate the opinions and criticisms of all the analysts time and time again.

    Specifically this clown:

    a) There’s a salary cap in the NFL (so you don’t get the extremely massive talent advantage you had at Oregon, nor Papa Knight’s funding)

    b) You don’t get 10-20 #1 overall picks a year in Philly like you go at Oregon

    c) There are no Division I-AA scrubs in the NFL

    d) Losing a game because of your gimmicks means nothing in college. The first time you lose because you went for two in the first quarter? Start retyping the resume

    ——-

    A and B – Chip never had a Top 10 recruiting class. Not once. Yet he was always ranked in the Top 10. But of course you’re not interested in facts, just spewing nonsense to back up your non-argument.

    C – Every sport has tougher and weaker stretches of their schedule. This is nothing new. What you said is technically true, but also implies ignorance.

    D – In college, one single regular season game means far more than your typical NFL game. Not that anyone was expecting your points to make sense.

  53. allascowboys says: Jan 17, 2013 3:06 PM

    bucrightoff says: Jan 17, 2013 1:57 PM

    Hey Chip remember

    a) There’s a salary cap in the NFL (so you don’t get the extremely massive talent advantage you had at Oregon, nor Papa Knight’s funding)

    b) You don’t get 10-20 #1 overall picks a year in Philly like you go at Oregon

    c) There are no Division I-AA scrubs in the NFL

    d) Losing a game because of your gimmicks means nothing in college. The first time you lose because you went for two in the first quarter? Start retyping the resume

    Otherwise yeah, pretty much the same.
    —————————————————

    a) no college teams have 10-20 # 1 overall picks a year

    b) There are division I-AA “scrubs” in the NFL

  54. sikologik says: Jan 17, 2013 3:07 PM

    As a Redskins fan, I can say quite clearly that the fun n gun went over like a lead balloon in the NFL. But I hope, at least right now, that Chip Kelly finds success at this level. He’s getting his chance, now let’s see what he does with it.

  55. crubenst says: Jan 17, 2013 3:09 PM

    “b) You don’t get 10-20 #1 overall picks a year in Philly like you go at Oregon”

    ————————————————-

    For all you clueless people out there who don’t like to check your facts, take a wild guess how many Oregon players were taken in the first round of the NFL draft during Kelly’s tenure…. ZERO.

  56. phillyforlife says: Jan 17, 2013 3:13 PM

    thunderbirdhotel says: Jan 17, 2013 2:49 PM

    Though he obviously didnt commit to a QB during his first press conference he made a comment about a QB needing to be durable and smart, or in other words “not mike vick”.
    ————————————————-

    He was asked directly about both qb’s and he spoke glowingly about Foles because he played against him and he said i have to look at the personal when aked about Vick. Now that is telling.

  57. ccjcsr says: Jan 17, 2013 3:19 PM

    Opening night Cowboys(Kiffin) vs Eagles (Kelly)..

  58. thesmedman says: Jan 17, 2013 3:21 PM

    wonder if we’ll be able to dust off the Buddy Ryan term, “chuck n duck” with Kelly (now a former duck, but if it looks like one and quacks like one…)…

  59. tundey says: Jan 17, 2013 3:22 PM

    I like the hire because he brings something that I think the NFL really needs: a fresh approach.

    However, I don’t have high hopes that he’ll succeed for long. Yeah football is football but there’s a LOT of differences between college and the pros.

  60. bearsordie86 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    Speed kills in college, Speed is the standard in the NFL…good luck

  61. bobonmycob says: Jan 17, 2013 3:33 PM

    fanofevilempire says:Jan 17, 2013 2:34 PM

    dude, you are in philly now, they boo santa and they beat people up in the stands.

    this fella is in trouble.

    aww… did somebody get beat up in Philly? Heck most of you would. But thats why you make negative comments on here and not while attending a game at lincoln financial field. ;) truth hurts.

  62. deltaoracle says: Jan 17, 2013 3:34 PM

    Haha – next he’ll be saying that stuff like the Pistol and Read Option can work in the NFL.

  63. skolvikes45 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:37 PM

    “Football is Football” Perhaps he should have consulted with a previous transition from Oregon to the NFL, in the form of a Joey Harrington.
    Where is Joey now?, oh yes, no longer in the league

  64. blockedshotnyr says: Jan 17, 2013 3:37 PM

    Kelly said he doesn’t know who the Eagles’ starting quarterback will be, but he spoke favorably about both Nick Foles and Michael Vick.

    ———————————————

    Anyone who reads the transcript could tell he views Foles much more favorably then Vick – was extremely specific talking about Foles and his attributes, but was very vague about Vick – seemingly detached.

    Additionally, anyone who reads the transcript could tell he is not going to bring the Oregon offense into the NFL – this team is going to run like a more run-centric version of the New England offense.

  65. bucrightoff says: Jan 17, 2013 3:40 PM

    crubenst says:Jan 17, 2013 3:09 PM

    “b) You don’t get 10-20 #1 overall picks a year in Philly like you go at Oregon”

    ————————————————-

    For all you clueless people out there who don’t like to check your facts, take a wild guess how many Oregon players were taken in the first round of the NFL draft during Kelly’s tenure…. ZERO.
    __________________________________
    Speaking of clueless, learn to reading comprehend. The NFL’s version of recruiting is the draft, where you have 7 picks, in order, based off finishing position the previous year.

    In college, recruiting allows the best schools (like Oregon) the chance to have 5-10 elite players a year (or for comparisions sake, first round picks) to replenish a roster that playing in the BCS every year.

    Imagine the Patriots win the Super Bowl and then turn around and get picks 1,2,5,6,9,10 in the first round of the next draft. Thats what he had at Oregon. He doesn’t get that advantage in Philly

  66. blockedshotnyr says: Jan 17, 2013 3:40 PM

    thunderbirdhotel says:
    Jan 17, 2013 2:49 PM
    Though he obviously didnt commit to a QB during his first press conference he made a comment about a QB needing to be durable and smart, or in other words “not mike vick”.

    ———————————————–

    You get an “A” in listening comprehension – amazing how many people can’t read between the lines.

  67. jamaltimore says: Jan 17, 2013 3:45 PM

    Well he’s been illegally recruiting for the past two seasons at least and that doesn’t work in the NFL. The way the NFL is heading with no contact may benefit the guy but he looks a lot the old ball coach to me. Also, the media in Eugene, Oregon is just a little easier on you than Philthadelphia will be.

  68. gasolinejt says: Jan 17, 2013 4:21 PM

    For the people flaming the dude who said “you don’t get 10-20 first round picks in the NFL”, that’s not what he’s saying.

    Every year, college football teams add players through recruiting high school seniors. The top programs often add 6 or 7 five or four star players to their roster.

    In the NFL, through the draft, you’re lucky if you get one really good player, a few decent/developmental players, and a few guys who can tackle someone on special teams.

  69. dchuwo says: Jan 17, 2013 4:26 PM

    Chip Kelly may succeed. However, hearing him say football is football when comparing coaching in college to coaching in the NFL is kind of like shooting even par at a local municipal course and saying you’re ready for Augusta National on Sunday afternoon.

  70. thesixersbench says: Jan 17, 2013 4:48 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Jan 17, 2013 3:40 PM

    “Speaking of clueless, learn to reading comprehend”
    ——

    Good God, you are just a gold mine of ignorance. Thanks for the laughs.

  71. audient says: Jan 17, 2013 5:03 PM

    RG3
    with a torn out knee
    and now
    “football is football” Kelly.

    Dumb luck is still luck. Go Browns!

  72. selbyrj82 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:41 PM

    I dont think Chip Kelly is so ignorant to actually mean this with full sincerity; Im sure he does recognize the difference.

    What he said was just a manner of speaking; probably a tactic to avoid a flurry of questions about “how will your NCAA success translate into the NFL and” and blah blah blah. By saying this, he can avoid having to answer some derivitive of the same question 15 times in a row. For all intents in purposes, I think he used it as a defense mechanism to do so, albeit not the best one.

    I’ve been vocal in saying I’m not sold on this guy in the NFL, but I’ve never said I think he’s an idiot, is a bad coach, or doesnt know football, and you never will see me say that. I think this quote here is getting blown out of proportion, not that big of a deal.

  73. ripster65 says: Jan 17, 2013 6:01 PM

    Jim Harbaugh might agree…

  74. daggolden says: Jan 17, 2013 6:01 PM

    The last time I looked Oregon never had a Shady McCoy, Desean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin. It works both ways. People must of forgot what McCoy does to NFL defenses lol.

  75. bigwayne75 says: Jan 17, 2013 6:02 PM

    Chip Kelly is talking about using his college style offense in the NFL, great I like it, I remember when Steve Spurrier brought his college style offense to the skins and that didn’t work and it ruin Patrick Ramsey’s career.

  76. olympiacham says: Jan 17, 2013 6:10 PM

    The worry has to be he has zero NFL experience, and now you are competing against the best coaches and players every week. And for as good a college coach as he was when teams had time to prepare for his offense (Ohio St, LSU) it struggled.
    You can’t compare him to Harbaugh or Carroll because they had years of experience in the NFL.
    It’s going to be a steep learning curve and he may overcome the challenges, or he might be headed to Ohio St when Urban Meyer decides to call it quits again.

  77. jsrdc says: Jan 17, 2013 6:25 PM

    “Football is Football”, Mr. Kelly? Really?

    Ask Nick Saban (one of the best college coaches around) how his pro career worked out, as well as Bobby Petrino, or the majority of the other college coaches who were fortunate to have an opportunity to coach in the NFL. The ones who are successful in that transition are few and far between.

    That’s OK. As a Cowboys fan, it will be fun to continue to beat up on the Eagles in the NFC East, and welcome Coach Kelly to two of his many upcoming losses next year in the division.

  78. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 17, 2013 6:58 PM

    And SEC defenses are anomaly to this dude. Hes in for a rude awakening.

  79. bucrightoff says: Jan 17, 2013 7:13 PM

    thesixersbench says: Jan 17, 2013 4:48 PM

    Good God, you are just a gold mine of ignorance. Thanks for the laughs.
    ______________________________________Since no one is more ignorant than Philly fans, this is quite the compliment. Thank you, and enjoy Jadeveon Clowney, at least Chip Kelly will net you that before he’s USC head coach.

  80. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 17, 2013 7:43 PM

    Nick Saban III

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