The new hotbed for finding Offensive Coordinators, Manchester, NHPosted: September 18, 2007
Yeah baby, I’m available, I’ll coach your offense to 500 yards per game
from Bruce Feldman, ESPN
3. The crafty new Oregon offensive coach, Chip Kelly
Not much was made of this new hire by Mike Bellotti, but the New Englander, who is actually from the same New Hampshire town (Manchester) as Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, has really revved up the Ducks offense while cutting down on turnovers. Kelly, the old offensive mastermind of I-AA power New Hampshire, brought a system pieced together from sessions with, among others, Rich Rodriguez and the Wake Forest guys. The biggest benefactor has been QB Dennis Dixon, who last season was the most inconsistent QB in the country. Dixon has been spectacular thus far, throwing 7 TDs and 0 INTs. “He is playing with so much confidence,” says Kelly, “and we’ve taken some of the burden off him.” Kelly has preached ball security and better decisions, reminding the speedster that if his first option on third-and-15 is covered, he probably has as good a chance of converting by taking off. As a result, Oregon is third in the nation in rushing at 326 yards per game.