here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
How much success will Chip Kelly and the Eagles have to have this year to get Borges/Hoke to adopt the no-huddle? Do they have to get to the Super Bowl like San Francisco last year? Would it even happen then?
I understand feeling comfortable in the huddle, but with Gardner's last-second audible at the goal line and Hoke's “Anything under five (seconds), I’m getting nervous” statement, you'd think they would be interested in improving the time to get set. Especially in their "Nascar" mode.
Edit: Specifically, I'm talking about being able to get to the line quicker in order to make checks to beat the defense. I'm not referring to the high-tempo or variable-tempo offense Chip Kelly runs. I brought the Eagles question here because it's been suggested many times on this blog that the coaching staff will adopt things that have shown results in the pros.
Edit2: Whew, rough crowd. Got a good discussion going, though, so oh well! Thanks guys.
This morning in the Personal Finance section of the Wall Street Journal there was an article on the NFL view of Oregon's (and now Philidelphia's) offense.
I know the WSJ requires one to pay for access so here are some bits for anyone without a subscription.
As Kelly mans his first full week of NFL training camp, installing a high-revving Ferrari engine into the Eagles' offense, league insiders say there are exactly zero indications NFL referees will be willing participants in the Kelly era. The NFL, they say, has a long-standing pace at which they do things between plays and the referees "aren't going to change just to accommodate someone's offense," said Mike Pereira, a former NFL vice president of officiating who is now an analyst for Fox Sports.
"We have to make sure teams understand that they don't control the tempo, our officials do," said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino. "We're going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren't going to rush [unless] it's in the two minute drill."
Blandino said he has talked to every NFL team coaching staff during the off-season to emphasize that there's no forcing the issue—the offense will not be able to snap the ball until the referees signals they're ready.
They further explored how Kelly was able to get PAC 12 officials to go faster so that his offense could go faster. The Ducks were actually 32% faster than the college average according to the WSJ. That is not going to happen in the NFL because the NFL has specific rules for changing out the ball after incomplete passes or out of bounds plays as well as the fact that the officials must be set before play can begin.
This will be big news down this way because the argument about HUNH (hurry up no huddle) and traditional game play is causing lots fun in the SEC.
Bret Bielema and Nick Saban says it is a safety concern if players and officials are not given an opportunity to get set. Gus Malzan obviously disagrees.
EDIT: Clarified HUNH. It may just be a local term down south.
A recent ESPN report notes that Oregon released documents that major violations were committed including failure to monitor violations of the head coach and too many coaches recruiting. The investigation centerred around Will Lyles who ran the recruiting service. But, so far there has been no finding of a lack of institutional control. It makes you wonder if this had anything to do with Kelly's departure...Pete Carroll anyone?
Here's a link to the short ESPN video
The Postgame (which is apparently a sports blog run by Yahoo) has a decent article on the non-sensical risk-aversion of football coaches especially in the NFL. The article is somewhat marred by its single minded focus on Chip Kelly, but it's nice to see people finally realize some of the glaringly obvious stupidity in conventional football play calling.
Cliff Harris has been dismissed from the Oregon Ducks by Chip Kelly. He was suspended for their first game of the season against LSU for driving 118 mph in the whole "There's weed in the car, but not really because you're Cliff Harris so you can go" deal. He hasn't played the last 5 games after being suspended indefinitely on October 25th for driving on a suspended license, without insurance, and without wearing a seatbelt. Then on November 25th he was cited for marijuana possession. Now he's been dismissed from the team after clearly demonstrating a lack of any self-control.
It'll be interesting to see how this affects their game against Wisconsin. Oregon's defense didn't really change much in the 5 games Harris was suspended for. They even held Luck in check. And Wisconsin is a run first team anyways so...
Also, anyone heard any news about the NCAA investigation into Chip Kelly lately? For his involvement with Lyles and buying recruits? Back when it broke, people were saying that he'd have to go.
Article on the speed/pace/tempo of the Oregon offense. It's what I was hoping for when RR got here... hope we can get there if he stays.