Chip Kelly: They can't defend it all
Posted by: Chris Vannini on September 25, 2012
Chip Kelly doesn't care that Oregon only averaged 4.3 yards per carry against Arizona.
The Wildcats stacked the box to try to defend the run, so the Ducks averaged 12.7 yards per completion and got some big plays in the play-action game in a 49-0 win. So Kelly doesn't care which part of the Ducks' offense you want to stop, because he knows it's going to put up yards either way.
"When you devote people out of your secondary to stopping the run game, I applaud you. But you also have to cover people when they run by you," Kelly said. "So you can't have it both ways. ... At the end of the day, it's where's your production? The great thing about our team, our staff, everybody, we don't care where it comes from. If we've got to throw it, we'll throw it. If we've got to run it, we'll run it. I think we're built for that.
"We don't look into the specific aspects if they're taking one thing away, they can't defend it all. I'm really happy with how we threw the ball. If you're going to devote nine guys and try to stop the run, God bless you, and we'll throw it."
This weekend, the Ducks face another offensive wizard in Mike Leach and Washington State. Leach's pass-always offense has the Cougars at 18th in the nation in passing yards per game, and it's that mentality that Kelly knows keeps a Leach-coached team in every game.
"Because their mentality is pass first, pass second and pass third, they're always going to be in the ballgame," Kelly said. "A lot of people have a run-first approach and then when they fall behind, then they start passing to try to get back into it. I think they're always in the game because of Mike's offense. He's been known as an offensive innovator. They score a lot of points.
"It's a matter of them getting a better feel and grasp each week they're in a system, they're going to be better at it. I think it's a real formidable foe that we're going up there to play, especially because of what he does."
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