Chip Kelly: "It's not about winning the turnover battle"
Oregon has put up some impressive numbers offensively over the past few season, but as Chip Kelly told SiriusXM's College Football Playbook, after games he's reflecting on one thing in particular that doesn't show up on the stat sheet.
"I'm not a stat guy. I spend a lot of time looking at statistics, but the statistic that we talk about all the time that is not on the stat sheet is our response after a turnover."
"It's not about winning the turnover battle. It's about your response after the turnover because if you're defense can do an unbelievable job and put you at plus four, but every single time the offense goes three and out, you didn't do anything with what the defense created for you. By the same token, just 'cause you turn it over on the offensive side of the ball, if your defense can go out there and stop them, then that's what it's all about."
"So, for us, the only thing we talk about from a statistical standpoint is our response after a turnover. Are we capitalizing when our defense creates a turnover? And if we happen to turn it over, does our defense go on the field and stop the opponent from doing something with it? That's what we talk about and I think that's the one that has the biggest impact on games."
Kelly and the Ducks will look to force turnovers and make the most of their extra opportunities against Tim DeRuyter and Fresno State on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30.