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This was an interesting article on Kelly, his "program" and his approach with his players. There's some optimism for us about his personnel abilities too. He seems to take Reid's "character" thesis to another level which some think accounts for enhanced depth on the roster. As we've discussed, the big question still is if his ways will translate to the NFL.

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The Ducks' ability to replace players over the last four years is the best illustration of the depth Kelly was able to find in searching for his kinds of players, even though his four recruiting classes ranked 32nd, 13th, ninth and 16th, respectively, in Rivals.com's annual rankings.

A mold for what an Oregon player was emerged, the same way one for future Eagles is being formed now. As Ward to describes it, to play for Kelly, players "have to be, first, mentally strong. Mentally strong, physically strong, determined."

There'll be an adjustment for Kelly in working with Roseman and the personnel staff to find his kinds of guys for a pro team, rather than a college roster. Yet, the principles Ward outlined likely will carry over, particularly with the fourth overall pick in next week's 2013 NFL Draft -- a selection that could go any of a number of different ways, but will without question be a pivotal one as Kelly looks for the kinds of hard-to-deal-with athletes he had in Eugene. The good news is that he already has proven to have an eye for that.

"His recruiting ability and his ability to evaluate personnel was continually something where you'd say, 'Wow,' " Bellotti said. "Guys like Marcus Mariota, they can play anywhere in the nation and can be standout athletes, regardless of the offense. The defense is always better than advertised, and part of that is because of the pace, and how they're defending a lot of plays. There was a learning curve for him, too. With discipline, Chip stumbled early. But he righted it, and got the athletes to police the program."
nephillymike
great article!

I can't wait.
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