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Chip Kelly: Marcus Mariota made ‘a good decision’

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The conventional wisdom among NFL draftniks was that, if the Philadelphia Eagles put themselves in the position record-wise, Chip Kelly, the ex-Oregon head coach, would look to select his former quarterback, Marcus Mariota, in the first round of the 2014 draft.

Mariota blew that theory out of the draft pool Tuesday, announcing he would be returning to the Ducks for at least another season.

A day later, Kelly was asked about Mariota’s decision to eschew the NFL for at least another season at the collegiate level.  To Kelly’s credit, he didn’t even remotely go Pissy Pete on the redshirt sophomore, instead lavishing praise on one of the top quarterbacks in the country and a player who could’ve been a top-five pick next April

“Take it from a guy who had a real tough time leaving there – I think it’s a good decision,” the first-year Eagles coach said. “He’s a really special young man. I think everyone in the league will have to wait a couple of years. I love coaching him. He’s exactly what you want in a football player.”

As a redshirt sophomore, Mariota has two seasons of eligibility remaining.  Whether he decides to use just one or both, the decision to return for at least 2014 is a boon for the Ducks and their hopes to “rebound”  from a two-loss regular season.

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8 Responses to “Chip Kelly: Marcus Mariota made ‘a good decision’”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 3:22 PM

    He’s already found his franchise QB for the next 1000 years anyway, so what does he care.

  2. frankgarrett says: Dec 4, 2013 4:45 PM

    listening to a local Viking sports show a few weeks ago.. All the callers wanted this guy . Id stay in school to knowing id go to a classless city like Murderapolis

  3. raysfan1 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:35 PM

    He graduates next year, so I expect he stays at Oregon one more year.

  4. birdzflyinhigh says: Dec 4, 2013 9:12 PM

    I always support a kid’s decision to stay in school, but the way QBs shoot up the draft board in the offseason, he probably would have been the #1 pick (it’s only December and we’re talking top 5). With top 5 draft pick potential, you have to go to NFL, just ask Matt Barkley.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 9:15 PM

    He wouldn’t have been the #1 pick or even the #1 QB off the board. His ceiling was top 5 I think. Still pretty good but next year he’s almost guaranteed to be the #1 pick.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 9:15 PM

    ^^^ Barring an injury… knock on wood.

  7. osidebrownsfan says: Dec 5, 2013 6:29 PM

    Really Chip? You had a hard time leaving Oregon? You ran like hell to beat the sanctions.

  8. jintzforever says: Dec 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    He will benefit from another year…..dude is only 20 and frankly needs at least one more year of seasoning. Love my Ducks!

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