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As a Browns fan I am obviously intrigued by the idea of Chip Kelly's offense being used by the Browns.
I was ready an article where they asked Kelly this question (or something similar) and he said "I don't think anybody knows any answers until somebody does it,".
So would it work? Thoughts, explanations....
As it is now... no. However, as he's all about the numbers and percentages, I feel as though he runs that offense because it's fairly easy to recruit plus it will/does work at the college level. I'm sure in the NFL he'd adopt a system more suitable to winning in the pros.
He's just running a college offense that he knows works. The Patriots use his philosophies in the no huddle and shotgun spread. Many people feel he's able to adapt to the NFL quite easily with the right players. So, you won't see a spread-option out of the shotgun with him, it would be a pro-spread system that's fast as hell.
Ok I hear "no" but why not?
I realize the players necessary may not be in place but Im thinking more along the lines of his playbook. Lets assume he has the players necessary to run his offense.
This post was edited by ddrouillard on 1/2/2013 at 7:29 PM
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I had a long answer, but I'll just say no!
Nope. At least, not in its current form. It will have to be adjusted quite a bit, which means it's highly risky to gamble on this guy. It's very difficult to run a pro style defense with college players because they're typically not good enough athletes to run those schemes, and they're also not nearly experienced enough to know how to play in those systems at the collegiate stage of their careers. So his scheme doesn't work when he runs into a big and fast college defense such as Stanford this year, or Auburn in the title game. Plus, if he goes to Cleveland, he'll have to run a spread. That makes Trent Richardson less effective (maybe), because running backs almost never have as much success in that kind of offense, and I'm not convinced Brandon Weeden would work either, because he's not a very mobile QB, and he will probably struggle against a Texans style defense (dime scheme), which is slowly becoming the norm in the NFL. For such a highly regarded offense, his passing yards per attempt is rather pedestrian, and that can be pointed to one thing: short passes. That was the biggest problem, in my opinion, with Pat Shurmur, with not only Weeden this year, but also Sam Bradford when he was the OC at St. Louis, so if his passing style is based on dinking and dunking, I don't really see much of an improvement in the passing game. In any case, his offense is based on the running game, which was top 5 in the nation every year he was there, and I'm just not sure that will work in the NFL. So, he's going to have to not only readjust his style, but draft a mobile and west coast style QB to replace Weeden, which is always a risk simply because they would be bringing in yet another QB, and not everyone works out obviously (although Weeden may not be the answer regardless of who his coach is). His teams have also been really poorly disciplined, as Oregon is typically at the bottom of the nation in penalties committed per game, and for such a strong offense, his teams tend to fumble the ball away quite a bit. Not sure if you can put that on him necessarily, but that's something that concerns me.
That's just my take though, the truth is, no one really knows how he's going to do. I'm sure someone could put together a much more convincing argument for him if they tried. Maybe if I get bored watching this game, I'll try to come up with an argument for him.
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Here's a good breakdown of Chip Kelly's Oregon offense with video.
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