Scott Frost: When Chip Kelly left, this team could have run itself

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday June 19, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on June 19, 2013

In 2008, Scott Frost was a defensive coordinator at an FCS school.

Five years later, he has the keys to one of the nation's most-prolific offenses.

With Chip Kelly moving to the Philadelphia Eagles, Frost was promoted to Oregon offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach after four seasons as wide receivers coach in Eugene. Frost joined The Tim Brando Show and was asked about the pressures of taking over an offense with few problems.

Frost said the message Kelly sold and the fact that everyone bought in made the transition quite seamless.

"We definitely have pieces in place," Frost said. "We think the world of our quarterback, Marcus. He's as good as I've seen at his age in college. We've got ... some big-time playmakers and three of our five offensive linemen coming back, so we have pieces in place.

"The best part of our team right now is just the attitude of the team, the culture of the team. Our team gets and understands what we want to do so well that, after Chip left, I swear the team could have run itself. We have all those pieces in place, we have pieces moving in the right direction, but things have to go right for you during the season. You have to stay healthy, you have to win a couple close games to be where the top teams want to be. Only one team can get there. We're going to fight and battle every game to do the best we can and see where we end up."

After taking over as head coach, former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich downplayed any possible changes. Frost did the same.

"We'd be stupid to change much with all the success the offense has had," he said. "There will definitely be some tweaks and evolution. If you're not evolving a bit, people are going to catch up with you. That doesn't mean wholesale change, but that definitely means a few new wrinkles and trying to move ahead with the offense."



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