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Can Chip Kelly's offense work in the NFL?

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10:59 AM ET 11.25 | The idea is undeniably intriguing: Oregon Coach Chip Kelly in the NFL, bringing his up-tempo offense to the highest level. Sure, it could be a flop of Steve Spurrier-like proportions, a star college coach watching his Saturday system fizzle in such a spectacular way on Sundays. But it could work too, seeing as most NFL teams have some version of a read-option offense in their playbooks. We've seen San Francisco run it with Colin Kaepernick, Seattle run it with Russell Wilson and Washington run it with Robert Griffin III. So the rumors swirling that several teams are eyeing Kelly aren't that crazy at all. There has been lingering speculation that Kelly could replace Andy Reid in Philadelphia, for instance. Kelly can evolve and adapt. He has done that successfully with the Ducks. Not every running back has to be a 5-foot-8, 195-pound water bug like LaMichael James. The burly Jonathan Stewart had a stellar career at Oregon and was a first-round pick. But before any team made the leap to hire Kelly, any clear-headed general manager would have to get some important answers.

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November 25, 2012  11:17 AM ET

Some would say it's already working in New England right now.

November 25, 2012  11:27 AM ET

It would have to assuming he brings his defensive planning with him. That 64th in the nation passing rating would be a problem. Might want to carry five QBs on his roster. Those hits add up.

November 25, 2012  11:40 AM ET

I'd sure like to see him give it a try, he's a good coach!!!!

November 25, 2012  12:17 PM ET

I forget ... how many championships has Kelly won in college using his offense?

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November 25, 2012  12:58 PM ET

The short answer is "no." Oregon uses a lot of players to maintain the speed; this works in college because your seniors will graduate and not be playing any more, so you are constantly developing replacements. It is a great recruiting tool. It has nothing to do with the pro game, though.

 
November 26, 2012  01:17 PM ET

The "Air raid" attacking style of Mike Leach would be fun to watch in the pros too. Plus, no wimpy third string receivers and thier over protective parents to deal with.

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