February 15, 2013 |
Dennis Dixon may be considered a long shot to earn Philadelphia's starting quarterback job -- or even a spot on the team's opening-day roster -- but he does have one advantage over fellow Eagles QBs Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Not only he is the only one of the three who has played under new Coach Chip Kelly's system, but Dixon excelled in his spread offense at the University of Oregon. With Kelly as his offensive coordinator in 2007, Dixon was in the Heisman Trophy conversation -- passing for 2,136 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions to go with 583 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground -- before a torn ACL ended his senior season prematurely.
January 20, 2013 |
Mark Helfrich, the 39-year-old offensive coordinator who helped orchestrate Chip Kelly's high-powered offense, has been promoted to coach. Helfrich, an Oregon native, began his coaching career with the Ducks in 1997 as a graduate assistant from Southern Oregon. He made his mark as a quarterbacks coach, with stops at Boise State (1998-2000), Arizona State (2001-05) and Colorado (2006-08) before returning to Oregon in the same capacity. “Going forward we will attack in all phases.
January 7, 2013 |
Chip Kelly came oh-so close to making the leap to the NFL but in the end decided to stay put as the highly successful coach of the Oregon Ducks. Sound familiar? Multiple sources are reporting that after lengthy interviews with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as talking with the Buffalo Bills, Kelly has opted to stay with an Oregon team he has led to a 46-7 record, four straight BCS bowl games and three Pac-12 titles in four years as head coach. Kelly's decision was first reported by ESPN on Sunday night.
January 5, 2013 |
The Cleveland Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon Coach Chip Kelly to be their next coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and he was also supposed to meet with Philadelphia. However, a person familiar with the interviews but not authorized to discuss them publicly says the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland. Kelly, 49, who turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, said Thursday night after Oregon's Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State that he wanted to get the interview process over quickly.
January 3, 2013 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Chip Kelly brought up-tempo offense to Oregon football, but now it might be time to implement the “hurry-up” to his career. If Thursday was Kelly's last game as head coach, well, it was a blur. These four years passed as quickly as his team played. It was fitting that Oregon's 35-17 Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State at University of Phoenix Stadium started with De'Anthony Thomas' 94-yard kickoff return for touchdown. “My role in this game was to be a momentum-builder and a game-changer,” Thomas, the speedy game-changer star of last year's Rose Bowl victory, said.
November 26, 2012
If you missed Monday's Google+ Hangout, "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam", you missed a good one. Mark Thompson and Sam Farmer tackle a host of topics, one of the more intriguing ones being whether Oregon Coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense can work in the NFL. Farmer told Thompson that he has his doubts. With the following questions to be answere: How do you protect the quarterback? The quarterback is much more exposed in Kelly's type of system, particularly when he's carrying the ball.