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Chip Kelly on QB situation: ‘we can do this dance all day long if you want’

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Oregon coach Chip Kelly created a bit of a stir yesterday when he replaced starting quarterback Darron Thomas with backup Bryan Bennett after halftime against Washington State.

At the time of the switch, the Ducks led the Cougars only by a score of 15-10 and Thomas, returning for the first time as a starter since injuring his knee against Arizona State, had two interceptions and didn’t quite appear to be himself.

So Kelly quietly made the change. No controversy, just the main goal in mind: get the “W”.

“We just felt Bryan gave us a better chance in the second half,” Kelly said after the game.

It was a good move. The Ducks racked up 21 points on offense on their way to a 43-28 victory. But the UO coaching staff maintains that there’s no quarterback uncertainty in Eugene.

“One hundred percent, it’s Darron Thomas,” offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich  said when asked who the starting quarterback would be.

“I don’t have to answer that question. But I know who he is,” Kelly added when asked the same question. “I’ll play 17 quarterbacks if it’s gonna help us win. … We can do this dance all day long if you want.”

Give Kelly credit. When he says “next guy in”, he means it. He doesn’t care whose feelings he hurts, or what whispers arise. You’d have to believe his players fully understand that too, and there can’t be much of a controversy if everyone’s on the same page.

(Tip of the cap: George Schroeder of the Eugene Register-Guard) 

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10 Responses to “Chip Kelly on QB situation: ‘we can do this dance all day long if you want’”
  1. webfootdoug58 says: Oct 30, 2011 2:52 PM

    As Shroeder suggests, sometimes Chip Kelly is just too cutesy, as in this case of forcing the QB coach and the QBs themselves to answer the question rather than facing it himself.

    Yet with all the denials, the truth is, there is a QB controversy, at least until Darron Thomas truly recovers from his injury.
    Who really knows who will start– and play– against the Huskies next week, and then, against Stanford and USC? aaarghh!

    After this mediocre performance in which the Ducks had ten less first downs than WSU, a lot of questions remain for a team with elevated aspirations.

    Or, as Thomas, our fine university’s number one spokesman, deftly put it, “I don’t think I’m in no competition at my position.”

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 30, 2011 2:56 PM

    Oregon is still a tough matchup for anyone no matter who is at QB. Thomas will recover.

  3. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 30, 2011 2:59 PM

    Still no Ohio State-Wisconsin story CFT? awesome.

    One of the best games of the weekend next to USC-Stanford.

    Maybe a story on Wisconsin’s collapse?????
    Maybe a story on OSU being able to throw the ball?????

    Gotta love the biased media.

  4. John Taylor says: Oct 30, 2011 3:06 PM

    Go here and whine paul:

  5. lucky5934 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:35 PM

    Break out the cheese and crackers as well when you read what everyone else on this site has already read.

  6. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 30, 2011 5:54 PM

    @JT, amazing how you can post all these “stories”, but an amazing ending to the OSU-wisconsin game gets NO headline. Great reporting.

    I guess I just expect more from you guys.

  7. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 30, 2011 6:34 PM

    The memphis big east story was a great read.

  8. buckeyeboy says: Oct 30, 2011 7:40 PM

    it was funny to see john so adamantly defend his “love” for ohio state when all the allegations were coming down

    and now he doesnt do OSU articles anymore lol

    hey john dont worry, we all still believe you “love” OSU like you claimed through all of those previous article

    John Taylor and CFT–writes articles when something bad about OSU comes out…..calls someone a whiner when they ask about a good article

    Sounds fun!

  9. tombstone7 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:45 AM

    First of all, Schroedirt needs to retire or move back to Oklahoma. He is a bias sport reporter and even if there was a OB controversy, he would never get it right.

    Oregon’s “next man up ” philosophy doesn’t lend itself to controversial,,,,,,only insecure and job-security seeking writer like Schroeder creates the stir. I don’t blame Chip…basically what he was saying to Schroeder is
    GTH……(go to hell) for you first 1st graders!

  10. hillzmickelzon says: Oct 31, 2011 7:08 AM

    As a SC fan i hope chip keeps messin withD. thomas head.

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