Quantcast

We Were Mighty Oregon Before Chip Kelly Got Here. We Still Are.

7958047808 2c5025012c B

We Were Mighty Oregon Before Chip Kelly Got Here. We Still Are.

Carl Blackwell
Reported by Carl Blackwell on January 19, 2013
In ,
| 5 Comments

 

We Were Mighty Oregon Before Chip Kelly Got Here. We Still Are.

For me, it seems that a byproduct of getting older is a certain jadedness. There isn’t a whole lot anymore that emotionally stuns me the same as it might have in years past. I’m still surprised now and then, but rarely do I get blindsided and emotionally drained.

I suppose that after experiencing gut-wrenching events in my life, the impact of future events of the same nature lose their punch. I was an emotional wreck for a lot of years after my first divorce. The second divorce carried none of the sting of the first. It was unfortunate, yes; but it didn’t completely spin me out like I was the first time. Sadly; been there, done that.

When Chip Kelly left for Tampa Bay last year, it was impossible not to be blind-sided. No true Duck fan would exist that did not feel sucker punched. Then, in the span of mere hours, Chip was back. The only day as a Duck fan that was more emotionally draining for me than that day last year was the day Dennis Dixon went down.

I’m jaded. With the talk after the Fiesta Bowl that Chip was as good as gone, I was ready. Then he said that he would be returning to the Ducks, and I was thinking that we’ll have him for another year, someone will come calling again, and we’ll be doing this carousel again. I was surprised to wake up on Wednesday and find out that Kelly had, in fact, been hired by the Eagles, but that’s all it was – surprise. The air has not been let out of my balloon. I’m not emotionally drained. I don’t feel anything except perhaps a sense of relief.

Last year we were wounded. Chip Kelly came back, and our wound was bandaged. The way I see it, the wound is the same and Kelly staying on is still just a bandage. After the Fiesta Bowl, it seemed to me that whatever anxiety I was going to feel was just like pulling off a bandage – you can pull it off slow, and labor over the endless pain and discomfort of it, or you can just rip the sucker off and get it over with.

RIP!! Well, what do you know … the bandage is off and the wound has healed up nicely.

I’m not torn up about Chip Kelly leaving. We’re going to be fine. It would be different if the Ducks were a struggling program that fired a staff wholesale, and then brought Kelly on board — but that’s not what happened. Kelly inherited a long term stable of assistant coaches – coaches in every facet of team play, that have been here for a long time.

They’re still here.

They’re the ones that have built up relationships with recruits. They’re the ones that will provide the continuity that will exist every day between now and the beginning of the 2013 football season.

These assistants were here when Chip took over. This is why I’ve always maintained that the success we’ve experienced at Oregon is partly to do with Chip Kelly, but it’s equally –- equally –- in part because Oregon was already good when he took over. Chip Kelly did not have to build a program from scratch. Would Chip Kelly be as successful had he been hired by Washington State? Colorado? I highly doubt it. Chip’s success is not just his success, it’s our success; the trainers, assistants, players, staff, facilities –- all the things that were here when he arrived and are still here.

The wound is healed. Now we move on. I have a suspicion that we’re going to be very happy with our new football coach and continue the success that Mighty Oregon has experienced in becoming a national collegiate football power.

 

About Author
Carl Blackwell

Carl BlackwellCarl has been an avid fan of the Ducks for nearly 20 years. He worked in a great variety of professions, as well as being a business owner and manager, before lending his talents to the Fishduck team. Carl does writing, but is mostly behind the scenes at Fishduck, in providing management and vision support, and as the Publisher and Senior Editor.View all posts by Carl Blackwell →


 

 

This article is published and edited by:

Editor

FishDuck Staff

Editor In Chief

Dano Dunn

Dano Dunn

 

  • Pingback: We Were Mighty Oregon Before Chip Kelly Got Here. We Still Are.

  • Rockmon

    Nice article and all very real points!

    GO DUCKS!

    WIN IT ALL!

  • Stephen Wallner

    Well said. Go Ducks!

  • Cal Dean

    Being a Duck has a way of providing permanent loyalty that transcends temporary set backs. We will continue to be a great university & a strong
    factor in all sports thanks to Phil Knight’s willingness to share his financial success with his alma mater. Looking forward to many future years of exciting
    levels of accomplishment in all areas of Duckdom …

  • hokieduck

    Can’t say that the wound has healed for me. I am very happy that Helf has been promoted; however, reading about his allowing a committed prospect to visit (something Chip refused to do) bothered me. Is it a good thing? Bad? I don’t know. But it is something that Chip would not do and I think that his sense of taking no shortcuts has been laid aside.

    I, for one, am still in mourning. I am hopeful and happy with the head coach pick. I am also excited to be excited about pro football again. Go Eagles. WTD. But it will be a long time before the sadness ebbs fully away from losing Chip Kelly. Regardless of how the Ducks do going forward. Simply said, I just loved the guy.