Chip Kelly's High-Octane Offense Has No Place in NFL

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJanuary 7, 2013

Chip Kelly's offense would never work in the NFL.
Chip Kelly's offense would never work in the NFL.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Despite all the hype surrounding Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, his high-octane offense has no place in the NFL.

As reported by ESPN on Monday, Kelly is returning to Oregon mainly because he wasn't sure about making the leap to the NFL.

For college football, it's a good thing as the fast-paced offense we've grown accustomed to watching in Eugene will live on.

For pro football, it's even better as the NFL is no place for an offense that is built like Kelly's.

Some will point to the NFL being a passing league and it's only a matter of time until no-huddle all game becomes the norm.

To me, that's laughable.

Here's a look at different aspects of the offense that would never work in the NFL.


Constant No-Huddle

There are times in an NFL game where a no-huddle offense works. But, there are also times when you need to slow it down.

In Kelly's offense, there is no slowing it down. You think NFL players would actually go for that?

The NFL season is 16 games and there is no way any team can keep up that pace over the course of the season.

It works great in college with a lot of young players. But, the NFL has players ranging from 21 to the late 30s. Could you imagine an offensive lineman in his mid-30s playing that hurry-up style of offense?

The Signs

While the signs that are seen on the sidelines of Oregon games are great for them, it would never fly in the NFL. 

First, with the amount of times the playbook is changed, players would be confused more than ever. Learning the playbook is hard enough, but then to have to learn the signs...

Get real. Million-dollar athletes would never go for this. I'm sure the NFLPA would have something to say about it as well.


It's a College Scheme

There are some things that are better left in college.

The high-octane offense is one of them.

Ivan Maisel recently wrote a story on what it would take for Kelly's spread offense to work in the NFL. In the story he said some things just don't work in the NFL.

The college game is a lot better at sending players to the NFL than it is at sending schemes. The wishbone dominated college football for two decades, but the offense washed out on Sundays. Chuck Fairbanks installed it in New England in the mid-1970s. Quarterback Jim Plunkett disliked the physical punishment he received so much that he requested a trade.

In college, the better athlete makes the play. In the NFL, everyone is a better athlete.

The same goes for the spread offense.

While elements of it are currently in NFL playbooks, it simply won't work play-after-play.

For starters, every linebacker can get to the edge on running backs and the short bubble screens every other throwing play would get blown up.

NFL players are the best of the best, and the simplistic nature of throws and runs would be exploited in a heartbeat.

If Kelly does eventually go to the NFL, he's going to have to adapt to the style of his team, not make his team adapt to his style.