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January 18, 2013

Dungy, father of Oregon player, predicts Kelly can succeed in NFL using Ducks' offensive system

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy, father of an Oregon football player, said today that he believes former Ducks coach Chip Kelly can succeed in the NFL as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles with his up-tempo offense. Kelly accepted the Eagles’ job earlier this week after leading Oregon to four BCS bowls in four seasons at the school.

“You can run that system and it doesn’t have to all be about the quarterback running,” said Dungy, father of Ducks receiver Eric Dungy. “He’ll tweak it to the talent he has and he’s really good about getting the best out of everybody and knowing what guys can do and can’t do … To me, that’s a good coach. I think he does a great job.”

Dungy said Kelly’s up-tempo attack is not all that different, from a pace-of-play standpoint, than what the Buffalo Bills did in the 1990s with a no-huddle offense while going to four consecutive Super Bowls. So he discounts concerns about Kelly being able to successfully implement the attack with a 46-man active roster for NFL games.

“Buffalo did it and they went to four Super Bowls. And it was the same thing,” said Dungy, who was an assistant coach at Kansas City when the Bills were using that system. “It wasn’t the quarterback running. It wasn’t the spread offense. But it was the same pace. And it was hard to practice against ... Buffalo committed to it and that was their game. I remember being at Kansas City in those years and it was very difficult to prepare and practice for it.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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