Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/31/12
Last week, Oregon Sports News columnist Max Price praised Oregon’s Chip Kelly for making, what Price repeatedly called, a “wise” decision. Price’s point proves salient. Kelly’s career compares favorably to that of Dennis Erickson, insofar as both men our offensive savants. Though Erickson burned out of Arizona, his incarnation of the spread attack laid the groundwork for hurry-up scheme that has thrust Kelly and his Ducks into the National spotlight. Erikson’s “Air Express,” as it was called, never translated to the NFL, which certainly gives credence to Price’s assertion that Kelly “wouldn’t have turned the Bucs into contenders.” Still, this misses the point. Kelly’s window of success is closing. To say this of a team that has played in two consecutive bowl games seems ridiculous, I know. But with Kelly at the helm, Oregon will never be anything other than a second-rate college program that is unable to compete with SEC teams. They simply cannot recruit the athletes needed to contend.
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