Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: For a game, Kelly shows he belongs
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly winks as he watchers the action during his team's win over Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly winks as he watchers the action during his team's win over Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Congratulations, Chip Kelly, for getting your Oregon high-octane offense to translate to the NFL, for one game at least.

It¹s good to see a college coach won¹t necessarily be overwhelmed just because he steps into pro football. You ran 77 plays in a 33-27 win over Washington in the season opener, including 53 in the first half. You gained 443 yards in a game that looked at times as if you were sprinting by some Pac-12 team.

I hope it works out for you for more than just a game.

For some reason, so many folks believe that if a coach has success in the college game, there¹s no way he could be a good professional coach. It¹s an unfair assessment. It seems the only ³proof² folks need for this theory is that Steve Spurrier struggled in his two seasons with the Washington Redskins and Nick Saban didn¹t set the world on fire in two years in charge of the Miami Dolphins.

Forget that Tom Coughlin, coach of two Super Bowl winners with the New York Giants, had mostly a college coaching background before joining the Jaguars as head coach in the 1990s.

Some coaches who come from college to the NFL will look as if they¹re in over their head (Spurrier), while others will look like they¹re not (Saban), regardless of record. Here¹s hoping Kelly is part of the second category.

For a night, at least, he showed he is.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.

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