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Is Chip Kelly Becoming More Conservative?

Chip Kelly built a reputation as a gambler at Oregon, succeeding by taking chances at times when other coaches would have played it safe. But thats not the Chip Kelly were seeing in the NFL.

Most notably, Kelly has stopped going for it on fourth down. As a college coach, Kelly had a more aggressive approach on fourth downs, but on Sunday, when the Eagles had a fourth-and-6 at Denvers 37-yard line while trailing 21-13, Kelly took a delay of game penalty and then punted. That would seem like a perfect time to go for it, but Kelly said he didnt even think about going for it in that situation.

In the next breath, however, Kelly denied that deciding to punt and deciding to attempt field goals at other points in the game was a reflection of conservative play-calling.

I didnt consider it at all, Kelly said. I dont think thats conservative. I think at that point in time when we made those decisions, we were trying to get points.

Source: Michael David Smith, NBC Sports


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