Chip Kelly likes everyone but Oregon

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by Travis Normand

5-1-2013 Update: Philadelphia Eagles sign former Oregon LB Isaac Remington to free agent contract.

I don’t really care about the NFL but the Draft always presents interesting college themed sub-plots.  One of the more interesting sub-plots that I noticed this year was that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted USC QB Matt Barkley.

Keep in mind, I am not criticizing the pick at all, as I am sure Barkley will be a fine NFL QB.  However, like I said in the first sentence of this post, it’s the “sub-plot” that interests me.

“We had Matt rated in the top 50 players in the draft,” Kelly said. “We talked all along about how we were going to take value, and there was no better value than for us to open up today with than taking Matt.

– Chip Kelly, Eagles Head Coach

According to the quote (and link) above, Chip Kelly had Barkley in his top 50 players for this draft.  Further, the Eagles traded up from the 101st pick, to the 98th pick, in order to grab Barkley.

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The Oregon Ducks’ 2013 Undefeated Season

University of Oregon logo.

by Travis Normand

While looking at different schedules for the 2013 season, I couldn’t help but notice that Oregon’s is (at least on paper) really “manageable.”  Yes, I am using the word manageable instead of joke.

Oregon Ducks’ 2013 Schedule

  • 8/31: Nicholls State 
  • 9/7: @ Virginia
  • 9/14: Tennessee
  • 9/21:
  • 9/28: Cal
  • 10/5: @ Colorado
  • 10/12: @ Washington
  • 10/19: Washington State
  • 10/26: UCLA
  • 11/2:
  • 11/7: @ Stanford
  • 11/16: Utah
  • 11/23: @ Arizona
  • 11/29: Oregon State
  • 12/7: Pac-12 Championship Game

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Oops! Apparently Chip Kelly is heading to Philly after all

Chip Kelly - 20kby Travis Normand

Last week I wrote how happy I was that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had decided not to go to the NFL and stay at Oregon.  You can read that here.

I bring this up again because I just read that Kelly has apparently accepted the job as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL).  What a shocking turn of events, as I can honestly say I haven’t seen a move like this before.  I have never seen a coach decline an NFL offer, stay at his current school, then take the very same offer a week and a half later.

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The Right Call – Chip Kelly will apparently stay at Oregon

by Travis Normand

According to several reports, Chip Kelly will turn down several NFL offers and remain the head coach at the University of Oregon.

While some will bash Kelly for flirting with the NFL two years in a row, I don’t really have a problem with it.  After all, he appears to be one of the few coaches who is able to keep his team focused and unaffected by the numerous NFL rumors.

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