It's not the spread offense. Everybody brings that up, but Kelly isn't married to the spread. He started running it at New Hampshire because they didn't have any fullbacks. Few men understand the dynamics and intracacies of football strategy better than Kelly. He could teach any scheme, and furthermore, he's smart enough to know the limitations of scheme. It ain't about the xyz formation and the eagle claw shift: it's getting your fast guy the ball and blocking for him. Chip Kelly knows how to win football games, and he'll win a lot of them, at Oregon and elsewhere, before he leaves the game.
The difficulty Kelly would find at the next level is that the players are harder to motivate. In the pros it's a job, and they're jaded about it. While he won't have to deal with the NCAA, he'll have to deal with agents and contracts and salary caps, free agency and rookie minimums. He'll have to deal with players who are just there for the check.
Trojan hoarse: the NFL has big salaries, big egos and big pressures. For coaches, it's a crucible.
At Oregon, Kelly has a receptive audience. He got a tremendously high degree of buy-in from his players on his philosophy and its tenets. Win the Day. Faceless opponent. We don't measure ourselves by outside influences. Water the bamboo. Every game is the Super Bowl. In interviews players would recite these flawlessly. They took them to heart. They accepted the pace of practice and the demands of Oregon's system. They believed.
A pro lockerroom is a divided, skeptical place. Only .6 of 1% of college football players make it to the NFL. Most have been stars all their lives. Many are millionaires, and most of them live like they are. They can have anything they want, women, cars, clothes, pleasure, fame and leisure. Some are competitors who burn to win, who devote themselves to the pride of the group. But others are mercenaries, gladiators and guns for hire, just trying to protect their own lifestyle and extend it in a world where everyone is expendable. Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas got traded. Most hang on too long.
It's impossible to think that Kelly would have the same influence in an NFL lockerroom. It would be much harder to earn a commitment to the message. To any message. Young men are eager to be molded and led. They'll accept harsh discipline. They'll withstand, even invite, torrents of criticism. They are eager to love a father figure, some never having one in their fractured, gifted lives. Pro football players want to be paid and worshipped. Oddly, there's a greater degree of maturity and teachability in the Oregon lockerroom than anything CK would have found in Tampa Bay, a downtrodden franchise that has trouble selling tickets and keeps its salaries well below the NFL cap. Cheapskate owners breed bitterness and dissension, a poisonous lockerroom environment.
Over time Kelly could draft his kind of players and possibly change the culture of the organization. But the trouble is, in the NFL coaches don't get much time. If a team continues to lose through three or four years, the outcry grows and the coach is gone. Cancerous players and skinflint management rarely get the blame, staying behind the scenes. A lot of the time they are the ones that grease the skids for the coach, wanting to save their own salaries.
Kelly is a good enough coach to succeed at any level. But he wouldn't enjoy the job security and autonomy he has at Oregon, and the pressures would increase exponentially. He is king of Eugene. He'd be a puppet dictator in the league, where the coach is a target unless he's getting immediate results. It's not a fun place to coach. College football, with it's loyalties and traditions, is a place where a successful coach can last 20 years on one job and have a statue, a street and a stadium named after him, and sometimes all three. If Kelly were to win one national championship at Oregon, even a couple more Rose Bowls, the job would be his as long as he wanted it, beloved and respected, collecting the highest salary in the state outside the Nike Boardroom.
The lure of coaching at the highest level and competing with the most talented players and coaches in the game is very great. It just isn't worth it. In the long run he'd achieve more, have more influence, security and satisfaction right where he is.
The wisdom to be satisfied right where you are is one of the hardest things to learn in life. These ARE the good old days, for most of us. There's a lot to be said for blooming where you're planted. It's a wonderful thing to have talent, drive and ambition, and Kelly has all three. He says he stayed because he has unfinished business at Oregon, and that's true. There are enough big, amazing dreams to be achieved right here to make this the best possible time and place. Chip Kelly doesn't need the NFL to become a great football coach. He already is.
hhhmmm, gotta take issue and disagree with you on a few points here. First, he idea or notion that NFL and pro athletes generally only care about money is false. They also absolutely care about winning- its in thier dna as competitors. But clearly their team situation, competitiveness, coaches, team chemistry, fan expectation, etc, all factors which vary hugely across variuos teams, play a huge factor in the motivations and psche of any particular player. Players are not homogenous. And most teams have a mixed bag. But it is a special team and special time when all of those players get on the same page and buy in, and get on a winning roll. One need look no further than the san fran cisco 49'ers under first year head coach, harbaugh, to see just what that looks and feels like!! (the gmen are in the same boat!!) but the 9ers are a better example becuase relatingit to the potential impact that Kelly could also have in the NFL, and just like harbaugh( minus the arrogant disrepectful rudeness of harbaugh!!) have an immediate turnaround type impact. (contd)
Who would have thought that harbaugh's silly collegiate mantra 'who has it better than us?!" would work on a dysfunctionally poor performing group like the 9ers before harbaugh arrived??! not me!! id have thought it wasnt what he would even try to do at the NFL level. But thats exactly what harbaugh did, and what a great team he morphed them into. Tough, play every down, no plays off,, effort extraordinaire!!,, he got exactly wht he got at san diego and stanford after he arrived,,, extremelt impressive. And I think that it is possible that Kelly and his strong will would also have a similar chance to have such an impact somewhere in the NFL. The 9ers. like most of the best teams in the NFL exemplify players playing to WIN!! for the team, for something bigger then themselves , the immmortality of championships!! (contd)
Although theres a ton of varying degree od egos and class across the player spectrum, having much more to do with backgrounds, and real education or ignorance, the players are all playing to win. But winning organizations, winning ownership, matters alot with respect to pro sports and the NFL included, With that in mind, its true that Kelly like any prospective coach who also wants not only to earn well but also succeed and create a legacy, would like to work for the better owner/management,, but the best situations are also most competitively sought by all the other prospects,, of course. But the challenge to succeed at the highest level calls to all of us and especially to the most competitive like Chip, and there is no other way to climb the mountain or ttry to climb it other than trying to climb it!! and one day, if i was him, i would try to climb it!! he will.
ps,, the reward of winning a superbowl is bigger/the pinnacle!!
and you can always go up ,, try and succeed.. great!! or fail and come back down,, and be a nick saban/pete carroll. etc... but winning at the highest level is the highest accomplishment , of course. And win or lose it is worth it!! It really is!!