Live chat: Oregon coach Chip Kelly to the NFL? Far-flung beat writers take your
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The Oregonian: 
Welcome, everyone. We'll get started in just a few minutes. Please go ahead and submit your questions now.
Thursday January 3, 2013 11:55 The Oregonian
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Aaron Fentress: 
Fentress is here.
Thursday January 3, 2013 11:59 Aaron Fentress
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The Oregonian: 
Let's get started. We are joined today by Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian, who covers the Ducks; Jordan Raanan, who covers the Eagles for the Newark Star-Ledger; and Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Welcome to our panelists. And away we go ...
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:00 The Oregonian
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[Comment From Paul From PortlandPaul From Portland: ] 
Is it everyone's opinion that he is leaving? What is different from Tampa Bay's attempts to get him last year?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:00 Paul From Portland
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Jordan Raanan: 
Hey all
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:00 Jordan Raanan
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Aaron Fentress: 
I'm still at 50/50.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:01 Aaron Fentress
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Jordan Raanan: 
I'm convinced. He flirted last year. Don't see why he would do it again if he wasn't.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:02 Jordan Raanan
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[Comment From ODonnellODonnell: ] 
How do you think Chip Kelly's offense would translate to the NFL, specifically the AFC North?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:02 ODonnell
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Aaron Fentress: 
Kelly turning down Tampa still remains somewhat of a mystery. Everyone has heard several stories. But he did turn them down, so maybe he's not ready to leave Oregon just yet.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:02 Aaron Fentress
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Mary Kay Cabot: 
I think Kelly's offense will translate beautifully. He'll adapt it to the NFL. If Bill Belichick is consulting with him on offense, he's ready for the NFL
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:03 Mary Kay Cabot
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Aaron Fentress: 
I think Kelly will tweak things and it wouldn't be exactly like it is at Oregon. First off, he'll need an extremely mobile QB.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:03 Aaron Fentress
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[Comment From NJDuckFanNJDuckFan: ] 
I think Kelly won't jump to NFL unless he has control of personnel. I could be wrong. I would assume Chip Kelly would want alot of control so he can be successful.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:04 NJDuckFan
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Aaron Fentress: 
Belichick consults on terminology, not scheme. Chip Kelly is not doing anything schematically that will scare NFL defensive coordinators.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:04 Aaron Fentress
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Aaron Fentress: 
Chip will need some major say in personnel because he will need guys to fit his scheme. That's for certain.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:04 Aaron Fentress
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[Comment From TheoTheo: ] 
Is anyone familiar with the contract implications for him to leave Oregon? Does a team have to buy him out?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:05 Theo
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Mary Kay Cabot: 
If Kelly wants a lot of control with the Browns, they have that available. It's why they wanted to hire the head coach first.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:05 Mary Kay Cabot
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Aaron Fentress: 
I've never seen a Chip Kelly route combination that made me say "Wow. That was cool." His cache comes from tempo and attention to detail. His offense is not that complex.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:05 Aaron Fentress
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Aaron Fentress: 
I believe Kelly has to buy out of his contract with Oregon.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:06 Aaron Fentress
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Jordan Raanan: 
His offense will look different in NFL. He's smart enough to adapt though. One thing is for certain, it will still move at warp speed
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:06 Jordan Raanan
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The Oregonian: 
Believe the buyout is $3.5 million.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:06 The Oregonian
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[Comment From DocDoc: ] 
The Browns tried going with a BIG name college coach before when they turned the team over to Butch Davis. That was a miserable failure because, unlike college, you can't load an NFL bench up with over 100 players in case one of your recruits bombs. Why would Kelly be any better?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:06 Doc
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Aaron Fentress: 
Also....back to offense...Oregon's success comes in part from manipulating opposing 19 and 20 year olds and taking advantage of mismatches that won't exist in the same way in the NFL.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:06 Aaron Fentress
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Jordan Raanan: 
The Eagles have a general manager that the owner loves in place. If Kelly comes to Philadelphia he'll have to work hand in hand with Howie Roseman. But Kelly will still get final say.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:07 Jordan Raanan
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Aaron Fentress: 
Doc... great question. There is no certainty that Kelly will be successful in the NFL. It's a different animal.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:07 Aaron Fentress
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[Comment From Joey Morona, cleveland.coJoey Morona, cleveland.co: ] 
Comment from DraftJoeHaden1 in Cleveland: To all the people saying Chip Kelly's offense wouldn't work in the NFL, I say you're wrong. I also say the offense he would run in the NFL wouldn't be like the one he runs in college. If he lands here in Cleveland (which I hope he does) I think his offense will mimic the offense Belichick has in New England.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:08 Joey Morona, cleveland.co
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Jordan Raanan: 
Doc, that's why giving a college coach total control (especially over personnel) is ludicrous. The NFL is a completely different beast.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:09 Jordan Raanan
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Aaron Fentress: 
Joey Morona, cleveland.co ....last time I checked, Tom Brady doesn't run too much zone read/option plays, so, you essentially just said Kelly wouldn't run his offense in the NFL, which implies he knows it wouldn't work.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:09 Aaron Fentress
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Mary Kay Cabot: 
One of Butch Davis' major flaws was talent acquisition. He passed on guys like Ed Reed that he had coached at Miami. Kelly will have say in personnel, but he will also need someone strong in NFL personnel to complement him.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:09 Mary Kay Cabot
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Aaron Fentress: 
The only thing Kelly does that is unique is the pace at which Oregon runs its offense.

The offense itself is nothing that hasn't been done over and over by others.

In fact, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is credited for developing the zone read, not Kelly.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:09 Aaron Fentress
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[Comment From MichaelMichael: ] 
Which franchise has the best shot?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:10 Michael
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Aaron Fentress: 
And again, the passing component is nothing that NFL DCs would fear. It's pretty basic stuff.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:10 Aaron Fentress
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[Comment From FrankFrank: ] 
Assuming Coach Kelly leaves Oregon, which team is more suited to adapt most immediately to his style of offense, Cleveland or Philly?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:10 Frank
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Aaron Fentress: 
Which ever team gives Kelly control to mold the roster to his liking.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:10 Aaron Fentress
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Aaron Fentress: 
But Philly has more talent in McCoy, Maclin and Jackson. Could keep Vick. But the O Line is a mess.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:11 Aaron Fentress
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Jordan Raanan: 
I agree with Joey Morona. Think Kelly is smart enough to realize a running QB and read/option isn't made for long-term success at this level.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:11 Jordan Raanan
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[Comment From lakefrontlakefront: ] 
What current NFL QB available in 2013 would be the best fit for a Chip Kelly system in Cleveland?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:12 lakefront
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Aaron Fentress: 
Kelly will use the zone read just not to the extent he does in the NFL.

Teams are already running that stuff, such as Wash and Carolina. Depends on the QB.

But in the NFL, you have to be able to throw from the pocket and Kelly already makes his QBS do that. Darron Thomas threw 66 TDs. Mariota has thrown 30 this season.

Kelly likes throwing QBs who also can run.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:12 Aaron Fentress
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Aaron Fentress: 
Kelly wouldn't only settle for a pure pocket passer only if he were a Brady or Manning. Otherwise, he will look for a mobile QB.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:13 Aaron Fentress
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[Comment From NJDuckFanNJDuckFan: ] 
Do you think if CK leaves that Helfrich will be the answer for Oregon to keep what they have going or maybe better to look from outside?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:14 NJDuckFan
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Aaron Fentress: 
If Kelly doesn't have a mobile QB, then why hire him? He has no real experience coaching pure stationary QBs.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:14 Aaron Fentress
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Aaron Fentress: 
NJDuckFan ...... If Oregon changes its system it becomes just another good program. Nothing special. Their success is built around what they do on offense. The talent level is not off the charts. Ask the NFL about that.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:15 Aaron Fentress
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Mary Kay Cabot: 
The Browns would most likely upgrade their QB position if Kelly comes on board. They have Colt McCoy on the roster, who can probably run the scheme pretty effectively. But my guess is they'll keep looking. Is there another Russell Wilson out there?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:15 Mary Kay Cabot
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[Comment From BradBrad: ] 
With possible sanctions looming over Oregon, could we see a situation similar to Jim Tressel in Indianapolis? Tressel was banned for 5 games in the NFL for his wrongdoing at OSU. Is this something Kelly will have to go through if he makes the jump?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:16 Brad
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[Comment From RTRT: ] 
Rumors of NCAA infractions may sway Chip Kelly to leave for the NFL just like Pete Carrol did
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:16 RT
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Aaron Fentress: 
Chip could seek to draft Geno Smith.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:16 Aaron Fentress
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Jordan Raanan: 
If Kelly comes to the Eagles my guess is he'll try to mold an offense around Nick Foles for a year, see if he thinks it works and then go out and get his QB in year No. 2 if necessary. QB options this year weak.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:16 Jordan Raanan
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Aaron Fentress: 
I can't see Kelly sticking with Foles, he can't move.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:17 Aaron Fentress
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Aaron Fentress: 
Kelly coming into the NFL with Nick Foles equals under .500 for sure.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:17 Aaron Fentress
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Aaron Fentress: 
Far under.
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:18 Aaron Fentress
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[Comment From ErnieKellermanErnieKellerman: ] 
What is Kelly likely to do on defense? Cleveland has a 4-3, and has stockpiled a lot of young DL talent. Plus Dick Jauron is a veteran NFL coach. Would Kelly change the scheme to 3-4, would he keep a guy like Jauron and his scheme and focus on offense instead?
Thursday January 3, 2013 12:19 ErnieKellerman
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