Chip Kelly: You want to wake up, get some eggs in you and go play football
Posted by: Chris Vannini on September 20, 2012
Chip Kelly is a morning person.
Unfortunately for him, Oregon plays most of its game at night or in the afternoon. Kelly was able to watch Stanford's upset win over USC last week because Oregon had a rare noon game (pacific time) - something he wants more.
"It was one of the only times since I've been here that we actually got to play a game at noon, which is when all college football games should be played," he told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "Usually we're playing the late-night, like we have again this week, so no one on the East Coast, including my parents, can watch us play. I guess that's why they invented DVRs. ... We don't like playing night games, but we've got no say in that. We're always late here.
"As a coach, you've got to sit around all day. You want to wake up Saturday morning, get some eggs in you and go play football."
The Ducks host Arizona at 10:30 ET on Saturday. It's expected to be a high-scoring game, although Kelly pointed out that the 2011 national championship game against Auburn was supposed to be a shootout.
The game matches up two of the best minds in football when it comes to the spread: Kelly and Rich Rodriguez. Kelly was asked how he handles his quarterbacks when it comes to running the ball and taking a hit. Urban Meyer has wanted to cut back on carries for his quarterback Braxton Miller.
"We always talk to our quarterbacks, and this has always been the case, it's touchdown, first down, get down," Kelly said. "Your ability to play the next snap is extremely important to us. What we do, I think, is vastly different than what Urban does. We don't have a whole lot of designed quarterback runs. If the defense presents itself for an opportunity for the quarterback to take off and go, the quarterback takes off and goes.
"I've seen more quarterbacks hurt in the last couple years while standing in the pocket throwing the ball than actually on the perimeter running. There's less traffic out there. When our quarterback runs by what the defense gives him, it's pretty clean edges and he's out in the open field. It's always a concern for anybody."
You can listen to some of Kelly's interview by clicking here. Below is Kelly's Wednesday press conference.
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