Long before Chip Kelly was putting his own stamp on a NFL franchise in Philadelphia, or storming out of the tunnel with Nike’s latest flashy uniform at Oregon and putting up video game type numbers, he was calling offensive plays at New Hampshire.
In seven of his eight seasons running the offense (1999-2006) for the FCS Wildcats, Kelly’s offenses averaged over 400 yards a game, and averaged over 30 points a game in his final four seasons before leaving for Oregon. In 2004 alone, his offenses broke 29 offensive records at the school.
If you thought his offenses with the Eagles, or at Oregon were exciting and somewhat unconventional, then you’ll love this tidbit from Eagles quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, who coached the tight ends under Kelly at New Hampshire in 2002.
“At that time, we were changing offenses every week. We would go from Run ‘n Shoot to the Wing-T to the Veer. One week we threw it six times, the next week we threw it 65 times,” Day told Philly Mag and Birds 24/7.
That may surprise some people, and sound downright crazy to a lot of high school coaches that stake their reputation on buying into a specific offensive system, but to others it’s just another layer in the innovative mind of Kelly.