Former Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti Thinks Chip Kelly's Attention To Detail Will Separate Him From The Average Coach
1/17/2013 12:30:00 PM
Former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is the man who hired Chip Kelly away from New Hampshire to be his offensive coordinator in 2007. Kelly took over the head coaching position from Bellotti in 2009 when he was promoted to Athletic Director.
Suffice to say, Bellotti has a pretty solid understanding of how Kelly goes about things when it comes to football.
“He’s a football junkie. He lives, eats, sleeps, drinks football. It’s what he does and what he understands and what motivates him. I knew that’s what would make him a great football coach is because he knows football. He really involves himself and immerses himself in that whole deal.”
Bellotti thinks that there may be some initial backlash because of Kelly’s decision but at the end of the day Oregon fans should step back and appreciate all that he did to further the program.
“Well there’s quite a bit of shock and dismay simply because he made the comment that he was staying. But the reality is that the average fan should just appreciate the fact that Chip was here and did such a great job and he’s getting his dream which I think is to move on and coach at the NFL level. Everybody’s going to be sad for a moment but the reality is that the administration at Oregon has done a great job of reloading that program, not rebuilding it.”
Bellotti also believes that there are certain intangibles that Kelly possesses that help him separate himself from the average coach.
“I brought him in as an offensive coordinator. You don’t really look at a person and say, ‘This guy will be a great head coach.’ As I worked with him for a couple of years, what you saw was the ability to communicate with players and coaches, the ability to recruit, the ability to motivate, the creativity involved in the offense and the knowledge and understanding of both offense and defense. Chip is a great football coach and he will be successful at any level.
“The reality is it’s just coaching ball. It’s really about the X’s and O’s and about the people that you get. The number of people in the stands don’t affect the game itself. Chip’s scheme and thought process on how you can attack a defense, who he’s going to put on the field, how’s he’s going to make sure they’re successful is what separates him from the average coach.”