If a 17-1 conference record in two years does not get some type of recognition, then you might be a knucklehead.
With his breakneck style of offense, Kelly has dominated the Pac-10 and has changed the college football world. In each of his four seasons at Oregon (two as offensive coordinator, two as head coach), he led the Pac-10 in scoring and yards. With Heisman runner-up LaMichael James returning, expect another explosive year from the Ducks.
What makes the Ducks so explosive is their ability to utilize players like Josh Huff and Kenjon Barner, who both return. Another thing the Ducks do that separates them from the rest of the pack is Kelly's ingenuity to option any player on the field, like defensive tackles or linebackers. However, expect the Ducks to pass a little more this season with the loss of three offensive linemen.
As for the defense, Nick Aliotti will keep using his blitz-heavy 4-3, which will often look like a 3-4. Since Oregon uses several undersized defensive linemen, Aliotti uses zone blitzes, slants and stunts to effectively pressure opposing offenses. With Cliff Harris and John Boyette to man the secondary, quarterbacks will have a hard time throwing on the Ducks.
Unfortunately, the Ducks lost a lot of key members in the front seven to the draft and now have to reload. But with veterans like Josh Kaddu, Michael Clay, Terrell Turner and Boseko Lokombo, breaking in new players shouldn't be that difficult.
The only downside to Kelly would be his system. It forces teams to be as well-conditioned as his teams are, and from the past two years, it has shown that very few teams have been able to do that. But at the speed they run, they somewhat lack the initial size to simply pound the ball early on in the game. I believe that in the two bowl games he has coached, he literally conceded a between-the-tackles running game.
Another flaw is that, once again, they run at a fast pace, so that if they run a play for negative-three yards, line up, do another running play, get a holding call and throw an incomplete pass, all of a sudden it's 3rd-and-23. High risk, high reward.
I would give it another year or two to say "he can't win the big one." But look at some of the coaches that held that moniker: Jimmy Johnson, Tom Landry, John Madden, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy. Trust me, Chip is too good not to win one.
Overall, I believe that the Ducks are one of the most well-coached teams in the nation and that Chip Kelly has a great future ahead of him.
My prediction: Nine or 10 wins and possibly the Pac-12 North representative