UCLA fans are sure that new head coach Chip Kelly is going to be the person that finally awakens the sleeping giant that is the Bruins program. How could he not?
Kelly revolutionized college football with his “Blur” offense at Oregon, leading the Ducks to a 46-7 record during his tenure, 4 straight BCS games and a BCS national title game during his second year as head coach. While Kelly didn’t find the same success at the NFL level, his fast-paced offense is used by the majority of college football teams and some of his disciples, like Scott Frost at UCF, have found great success using his system.
However, Washington State head coach Mike Leach, who is friends with Kelly, isn’t so sure that Kelly will revolutionized the Pac-12 once again.
“I don’t know that he (going to make a difference) is honestly,” said Leach to John Canzano of The Oregonian. “I know Chip and I’m pretty good friends with him. It’s going to be another running team in the conference… one thing Chip’s teams do is have an identity. They decide what they’re going to do and they have do it… they will run it and they’ll do the Chip stuff I’m sure. He’s a quality coach.”
Kelly’s teams are run heavy, so Leach isn’t wrong here. Maybe the rest of the conference, and the country, have caught up to Kelly’s offense. However, it wasn’t just his offense that made Kelly a hit at Oregon. He’s a great recruiter, whip smart and will find an advantage on the field in any way he can. Kelly may not find the same success at UCLA that he found at Oregon, but would you bet against him?
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