Learn the Secrets of the Most Sought After Coach of 2012—Chip Kelly

By Chris Malumphy

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is being wooed by the Browns, Eagles and Bills. He most probably has already been offered the job in Cleveland but is still testing the waters as this is written. No matter where he lands, everyone should be interested in learning the offensive philosophy of an innovative coach whose brain has been picked in the past for new ideas by the likes of Bill Belichick. If you want to learn about the Oregon's spread offense, head on over to fishduck.com for great video tutorials on the inside and outside zone read. Also take a look at comments Coach Kelly presented at past coaching clinics. Here are some extracts that may be of interest to players and fans alike.

"In a quarterback, I look for a quarterback who can run and not a running back who can throw. I want the quarterback who can beat you with his arm. If the defense forces him to run, he can do it effectively. We are not a Tim Tebow type of quarterback team. I am not going to run the quarterback 20 times on power runs. If I had a Tim Tebow, I might change my mind. You do not find the 6'4", 240-pound, 4.6 quarterbacks too many times."
"If the quarterback is not tall, look at his hands. That is the biggest coaching point to finding a quarterback. How big are his hands, and how well can he control the football? The height of the quarterback is not the important thing. No one playing quarterback throws over the line. They throw through lanes in the linemen. The important thing is the size of their hands."
"In our attitude, every sack is the quarterback's fault. It is not a sack if the quarterback thows the ball away. Nobody ever lost a game on an incomplete pass.Throw the ball away, and give us another opportunity to make a first down. If you throw it away, it is second-and-10 for the first down. If you take the sack, it is second-and-16 for the down. If you can stay away from negative yardage plays, you will be successful."
"We base the succcess formula for offense on the total number of plays. Takes those plays minus the dropped balls, offensive penalties, and negative yardage plays, and divide by the total number of plays. If the answer is 80 percent or better, you win the game. The total number of good plays is what you want to consider."
"The job of a quarterback is simple. He has to "let it happen, and not make it happen." We want to move forward. That is a concept you have to make your team understand. The cardinal sin at our place is the quarterback sack. We want the ball out of the quarterback's hands in 1.5 seconds. That does not mean holding the ball until 2.5, waiting for someone to get open."
"Our players have a passion for playing football. We have a team that is all in, no matter what it is. If it helps our football team, they are for it. They do not care about personal interests. It is all about our team. We use 25 players on defense, and they all play. They all get excited about playing football."