I'm Going to Regret This, But…

I can’t help it. I’ve been trying to keep it to myself, but I know others are thinking it, too. Well, I think they are.

Hell, I just have to say it. Chip Kelly is going to be an Oregon legend.

The 2000s have essentially been Oregon’s teenage years.  Amazing highs, head-slapping lows and enough realization of potential to make you excited to see what they do with adulthood. There have been years where you thought it would never happen and others where you were sure it already had.

Chip Kelly’s reign as coach isn’t so much the beginning of a new era but the natural growth of what has been building for two decades. It started with Rich Brooks before Mike Bellotti raised the profile of the program to where it is today (really, enough can’t be said of what Bellotti did over his 13 seasons, but this is a Chip Kelly puff piece of admiration, dammit!).

Kelly is the right guy at the right time for a program ready to move into another dimension. He’s the leader Oregon needs for its ascension into the upper-echelon of college football. He has the youthful energy that Pete Carroll has proven is such a magnet for greatness at USC. He possesses strong leadership skills (the guy has his whole year planned out!). He demands excellence and nothing short of it (there is no “Hall of Average”). He’s an obsessive innovator responsible for the two best statistical offenses in Oregon history. And the confidence…let’s just say any first year college coach willing to offer Jon Gruden his offensive coordinator position has plenty of it.

Yeah, the facts are slapping me in the face as I right this. He’s had two years as an offensive coordinator at the FBS level. His all-time record is 0-0. Never had to run his own program. Spare me. Sometimes, the facts are yet to be written.

Oregon State fans (and probably everyone else, too) probably have a little throw-up in their mouth right now. That’s probably the right reaction and I’m sure they’ll be happy to follow up with me at the first sign of weakness this season. That’s ok. I can take it because even if I have to wait, I’m sure the time will come where I can say, “Told ya’ so.”

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14 Responses to I'm Going to Regret This, But…

  1. 76'77GridironDuck August 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    “I can’t help it. I’ve been trying to keep it to myself, but I know others are thinking it, too. Well, I think they are.”

    Nick, your thinking is right on the mark!

    Go Ducks!!! Beat the Broncos!

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  2. AutzenGetsBlounted August 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    Chip is a genius. Something special is happening, you can feel it. Go Ducks!

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  3. Lane August 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    Nice work Nick as you’ve said here what everyone outside of Corvallis and Boise has wanted to say. No regrets! Cannot wait for September 3rd. Oregon 54, BSU 24….GO DUCKS!!!!

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  4. Donalduck August 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Lane wrote, “everyone outside of Corvallis and Boise has wanted to say” to which I would insert, California and Washington and much of the far right of our country. The ONLY thing about which I am concerned is that he would leave us for the NFL.
    To me his program is so amazing that I am STUNNED that the pundits can’t see it.
    Thanx for writing the piece. I’m glad that I’m not the only one.

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  5. Coastal Duck August 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    Nick -

    That was a concise breakdown of what every Duck fan feels vis a vis the “changing of the guard” – that said – relax, bro – acquire the “quiet confidence” one should have re a program that will continue its rise into the National ethos.

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  6. Nick, Off The Pond August 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    Whatever quiet confidence I once had snapped with Dennis Dixon’s ACL in 2007. Or maybe it was the 4th quarter of Game 7 against the Lakers in 2000. Either way, my sports confidence needs a pick-me-up.

    Glad to see everyone is on board with my expectations. Like the commenter above said, I’m almost surprised a bigger deal hasn’t been made of what Chip Kelly is going to do at Oregon. Of course, the pundits aren’t in the business of heightened adulation for a coach that is 0-0.

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  7. oregonlove78 August 25, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    NIck, right on dude. I have known who Chip Kelly is well before he came to Oregon. And when he was hired I told all my close fellow Ducks that this was who was going to take over for Bellotti and would one day lead us to the College Football Promise Land more than once. There is something special with this fit in Kelly. I can’t explain it except that it is just the fusion of new england and northwest hard knocks and grace that both regions have. Once Aliotti is gone and CHIP has his entire coaching staff exactly who and where he wants it, glory will be in Eugene. GO DUCKS!
    Sept 3rd, OREGON 48-55 boise st. 27-34

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  8. DuckDad August 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    Sot on, Nick!

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  9. DuckDad August 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    Spot*

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  10. Mick August 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    GREAT !!! You just put the whammy on him .

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  11. Donalduck August 25, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    On whom? How? Are you loaded?

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  12. Lane August 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    He’s not loaded…he’s either a bronco or a beaver (huskies can’t even generate a response anymore.

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    stashman August 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    The Best part of all this is we all get to witness it first hand and pass it on to our grandkids just what a great era it was!GOooooooOOOOO!!!! Ducks!!!!!

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  14. Derek December 31, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    Before you get too excited, just know that Chip Kelly will lose at least 3 of his first 25 games.  Is that good enough for you?

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