Belichick: Kelly’s Influence On Pats’ Offense Very Limited

PHOENIX — Much has been made of Chip Kelly‘s trips to Foxborough when he was coaching at Oregon. He reportedly made three visits in all, and passed along to Bill Belichick the keys to his super fast-paced no-huddle, which included one-word play calls.

“I was interested to hear how he did it,” Belichick said, via the Boston Globe. “I would say he expanded it to a different level and it was very interesting to understand what he was doing. Certainly I’ve learned a lot from talking to Chip about his experiences with it and how he does it and his procedure and all that.”

The Patriots revved up their no-huddle and simplified their play-calling this past season. Belichick, though, downplayed Kelly’s influence on New England’s offense during a session with reporters at the owners meetings Tuesday.

“Chip’s a good friend , I have a lot of respect for Chip and we’ve had dialogue on a number of occasions but from a strategic or football standpoint it’s been very, very limited in both directions,” said Belichick. “But you know we talk football and stuff like that but as far as us running his offense or him running our offense or something like that, there couldn’t be anything further from the way it is.”

There is no question, however, that both coaches value the up-tempo game, and the league is now trending in that direction. The AFC coaches breakfast revealed that defending such an approach is on the minds of many across the NFL.

“I think that’s what you’re going to see most teams have so now defenses have to be able to get all their signals in,” said Titans head coach Mike Munchak. “They’re not going to be able to substitute the way they used to because teams aren’t going to allow that. I think there is now going to be more of an emphasis on how to best get the right people on the field, how to substitute, how to signal in.

“It definitely adds an element to the game of giving defenses more to think about, more to work on, maybe limiting their packages because they are too concerned about keeping it simple, so you’ve done your job as an offense because you have made them simpler.”

Munchak said that NFL teams are relying on college coaches and members of the staff with recent roots in college football to help try and solve this new wave — a wave that Kelly has been on for some time.

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  • Graham

    Gotta love that last sentence, so encouraging….
    ofcourse Belly wouldn’t reveal how much was used and how much of an influence they have, we all know that about him.

    • nicksaenz1

      He probably filmed their practices

      • Graham

        Badum badum pop psssshhhhh!!

  • Kelly is part of the competition now, so no more playing nice.

  • Andy

    Did anybody ask him why he hates Howie?

    • Graham


    • theycallmerob

      hahaha, you’ve been on point lately! keep eating those wheaties

    • Graham

      I can just picture a reporter “Hey Bill, There’s been a few reports stating that you don’t hold Howie Roseman of high regard or respect.. any comment on that?” Bill looks at him with his death stare.. “No.”

  • MAC

    I am warming up to the Chip Kelly hiring. At first I was not happy at all with it, but as time has passed and I see and hear some of his philosophies I am trying to be open minded. Keeping Vick was a huge issue for me, but now that I have had time to digest it I do believe the only reason was to be able to implement Kelly’s system right away required a QB with some mobility. Also I don’t really believe that Foles has much of a chance to stay on team with Kelly as coach. Many people on here refereed to Brady and New England using Kelly’s system to back there points when it came to Kelly being able to adapt to personnel and running a system without a mobile QB. Many posters on here kept saying Kelly is innovative and that the proof of how smart he is was the fact that Patriots use his offense. While this article should help dispel that notion. Patriots got educated on Kelly’s one word hurry up offense system. That is not running the Chip Kelly system.

    Kelly does seem forward thinking and I like his scientific approach on training and other out of the box thinking I have seen from Chip. I am not sold on his system working in the NFL long term, but am hoping Chip can adjust and will be able to implement some of stuff used at Oregon I am starting to give Kelly the benefit of the doubt on his ability to adapt to the NFL. I do like his simplified approach as far as playing the #’s advantage on each play. Basically looking at how a defense tries to line up against a certain formation and then running a play that takes advantage of the defenses personnel and defensive formation on that play. I do believe that Kelly’s success during his tenure will be determined by whoever he gets to be our QB. His system requires QB to make pre snap reads and post snap decisions to put the offense in and advantage against that defensive call. Most of us understand that Vick is not the answer for several reasons. Although I do understand keeping him so Kelly can implement his system right away. Hopefully Kelly is open minded and innovative enough to choose the best available QB in next 2 years, not the best available mobile QB only. I am good with mobile QB’s as long as you choose that QB bc he is best QB not best running QB.

    • Graham

      Agreed with you. CK may be going out on a limb on the hiring of him, but we are all excited to see what comes of this. All this new philosophie and a SPORTS SCIENCE COORDINATOR…. it’s just exciting.

    • theycallmerob

      Which may explain why the Eagles are vetting Geno Smith so hard. Physical skills aside, the popular view is that he is one of the more cerebral QB’s (hence many of the Russell Wilson comparisons). Thus, if the Eagles do end up drafting him at #4, it’s because of exactly what you said towards the end about Kelly drafting the “best” QB. And I agree with you about the QB situation, and would be willing to gamble money that our starting QB next year is not on this year’s team (barring a draft pick).

    • PhEaglesPhan

      Welcome to the dark side MAC. I agree, Vick is not a long term solution, just an immediate one.

  • thefadd

    purely theoretical question but down the road do rosters end up having to expand with more guys rotating in on defense to stay fresh at the faster pace?