If Chip Kelly is smart, he should watch, and more importantly learn from the results of Steve Spurrier’s venture into the NFL, and stay in Eugene, Oregon.
Here are five reasons he needs to stay in green and yellow (and plenty of other colors)
1. His offense is geared for the college game, not the pros. Spurrier tried to take his version of the spread offense to the Washington Redskins and it failed miserably as it ranked 28th in his first year in offensive yards
2. Kelly has the best facilities and equipment in the country, which is compliments of Oregon Alumni Nike CEO Phil Knight, who provides the best of everything for his Ducks teams. This is a decided advantage over other schools in recruiting
3. The coach gets to recruit the team he wants and fuel that high powered offense and pressure defense and not have to deal with the draft and hoping he gets player to fit his system
4. He is in Oregon, where he is a king and has control over the program and free reign over all football decision, while going to any NFL team he would be scrutinized and dissected by the media over every decision he made
5. He will be paid as much, if not more over time in Oregon than any team in the NFL would pay him. If he stays in Eugene, he can create his own history like some of the greats, which Spurrier should have done at Florida
Kelly will be wooed by several NFL teams like the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys to name a few, but if he is smart he should take the “For Sale” sign off of his yard and his resume and stay put.
History will show him why not, just hope he pays attention to it.
Here is this week’s look at the Top 5:
1. Oregon (10-0) – With Alabama out of the top spot, Oregon has a tough remaining schedule and all of the right ingredients to be ready for the title game. They have to stay on the gas as they play Stanford this weekend in the game of the week. See below for prediction.
2. Kansas State (10-0) – The Wildcats will be dodging teams looking to knock off the #1 BCS team, but Baylor will (and Texas next week) fall like others. KSU wins in a high scoring affair by 21 points
3. Notre Dame (10-0) – The Irish beat BC last week, but not as convincingly as thought 21-6. They have one more warm up before going to USC. They will work out the kinks vs. Wake Forest and win by 24 points
4. Alabama (9-1) – The Tide could not handle Johnny “Football” Manziel and fell behind 21-0 and then fell short in the comeback 29-22. The Tide still has a chance, but needs some help. I feel bad for Western Carolina as they will feel the brunt of their anger. Tide by 40 points
5. Ohio State (10-0) – The Buckeyes were off last week and have only two games left in their season. They travel to Wisconsin and are fighting for that undefeated season and will need it to beat the Badgers in Wisconsin and their running game. Buckeyes win it late by 4 points.
1. Kansas State QB Colin Klein – (Passing) 145 for 208 for 2,020 yards with 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. (Rushing) 154 carries for 783 yards and 19 touchdowns. His trophy to lose as long as keeps it together in his last two games.
2. Oregon RB Kenyon Barner – (Rushing) 199 carries for 1,360 yards (6.8 yards/carry) and 19 touchdowns. (Receiving) 18 receptions for 219 yards and a touchdown. He is waiting in the wings if Klein slips, like he did to Geno Smith
Possible candidates or hopefuls next year:
#13 Stanford at #1 Oregon – Saturday 8pm, November 17, 2012 at Autzen Stadium.
The Ducks got what they needed with Alabama losing last week, but now is the hard part, keeping it. They have the high octane offense averaging almost 55 points a game and over 325 yards rushing a game, plus a freshman QB in Marcus Mariota sometimes does not show a pulse out there, especially in the pressure situations. Heisman candidate Kenjon Barner is running exceptionally well, also in big games. The defense is also playing well, even giving up 22 points a game, but the speed has caused turnovers
Stanford ruined USC’s title chances earlier this season and then last week beat Oregon State at their home, but has slipped up vs. an underperforming Washington and got robbed in a controversial 4th down at the goal line. They don’t rank in the top 10 in any category, but can be great in any given moment (just ask Matt Barkley).
Speed kills luck (Sorry Andrew for the pun), just enough.
Prediction: Oregon wins a lot closer game than expected 38 - 27