All Hail Chip Kelly: The Savior of Legarrette Blount

Dani CaplanCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3:  LaGarrette Blount #9 of the Oregon Ducks is escorted off the field by head coach Chip Kelly after Blount punched defensive end Byron Hout  #94 (not in photo) of the Boise State Broncos after Boise State defeated Oregon 19-8 on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Blount was suspended for all remaining games on Friday September 4, 2009 following the loss to the 14th-ranked Broncos. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Chip Kelly was going into his first season as the Oregon football head coach.  He was thrown straight into a very tough game, at the always BCS-Busting Boise State.  Unfortunately for Kelly, the Ducks got spanked.  Although the score showed 19-8, Boise State was in cruise control for all 60 minutes.

After the game, both teams were making their way off of the field.  Then, as everyone knows, Byron Hout thought that he and his bench-warming self could do whatever the hell he wanted to, so he gave Legarrette Blount a big ole tap on the shoulder and had some words for the star back.  And then, of course, Blount punched Hout square in the face.  As teammates tried to hold him back, he threw blows at them to get to Hout.  And lastly, he tried to attack the fans who were taunting him relentlessly.  As a result, he was suspended for the year.  And considering the fact that he was a senior, he was done in college football.

Legarrette Blount, the sure 2-3 round NFL Draft pick, saw his stock go down to a late round pick, or maybe even undrafted free agent.  So in this case, Hout, the jerk who had absolutely no class, had come out victorious.  And don't forget that if Blount is gone for the year, the last thing NFL teams would remember about him is the incident.  Therefore, he'd be a low pick and get a downgrade of millions to his paycheck.  Nice job Byron Hout, you ruined Legarrette Blount's life.

Fast forward to October 1st.  Blount has been acting as he should be and is staying committed to the team by practicing with them.  Chip Kelly realizes that Blount is behaving and really wants to return.  He then publicizes that there's a good possibility that Blount will be reinstated to the team.  Assuming the reinstatement goes through, I think that Chip Kelly played the situation perfectly, forcing Blount to work to see any game action, but also giving him another chance to show why he should be a high round pick.  He didn't want some punk ruining his running backs career.  GO CHIP KELLY!