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Chip Kelly says he was not confident when he left Oregon

Two days after a 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, Chip Kelly said he understood why many people wondered if the approach that worked at Oregon would work in the NFL. He wondered himself.

“I wasn’t confident,” Kelly said Monday. “I had a system and a plan that we were going to go in, but I didn’t know what the outcome was going to be until it was all finished. But I think we played sound fundamental football, and I think that’s what we preach on a daily basis to our players. I think it’s still a game of 11-on-11, and I think a lot of things we do schematically match up 11-on-11 and it’s a fundamental game and I think that’s what our coaches teach.”

Kelly has really made sure that people realize it was the Philadelphia Eagles that made this year a success. The entire organization, was willing to ride behind Kelly and his offense.

“It’s not my offense,” Kelly said. “It’s the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense, and it was put together by a bunch of guys on our staff that are really smart that played to our players’ strengths, and that’s what it’s all about. If we have a different set of players, then the offense would look different. This offense didn’t look like it looked when it was at Oregon, but I’m not at Oregon. Our offense at Oregon looked different every year depending on the personnel we had.”

 

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