Chip Kelly, ucla, and the Oregon offense

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    It would be interesting if brought back the wishbone. That was another offense that was hard to stop but defenses eventually figured it out, kind of like what happened with Chip’s Oregon offense.

    But today’s defenses have never seen wishbone, so it would be a novelty again, for a while.
     
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    McKay didn't have problems defending the wishbone. My memory is that he had his players just tackle everyone. One of them had to have the right guy. The wishbone ran all over weaker teams, but sort of like Oregon--was it really that effective against great teams? Yes, OU had great success with the wishbone, but with those players, they'd have had success in any offense.

    Could you really run Kelly's old O today, with the rules changes?
     
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    I remember it as more of a mixed result. In the 73 game against Oklahoma they got a lot of yardage against us but only scored 7 points. And Bear Bryant surprised his good friend McKay with a wishbone offense in the 71 Bama game.

    JRob’s 81 team had a lot of trouble stopping Oklahoma’s wishbone and they got a lot of yards, but fortunately they fumbled many times and they couldn’t stop Marcus Allen so we won the game. But JRob was a quick learner. His 82 team shut out Oklahoma, one of the first nails in wishbone’s coffin.
     
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    You'd have a tough time recruiting top players for a wishbone, seeing as it wouldn't prepare players for the NFL. I'm sure top players back in the 70's using the WB did make it to the NFL, but it would take several seasons of prolonged success for GM's to buy-in.

    This is how Read-Option progressed. Nobody wanted Jeremiah Masoli, but Marriota opened the door.

    No one ever thought a 5'10" QB would ever make it to the NFL...and here we are.

    Helton is on borrowed-time anyway, might as well spend the rest of his last season here pioneering something other than interview platitudes...
     

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