Like a lot of what passes for conventional wisdom in the sport, that’s not how it’s done at Oregon. Chip Kelly threw convention out the window somewhere between arriving in Eugene as an unheralded offensive coordinator from New Hampshire and taking the Ducks to consecutive Pac-10 championships.
Chip Kelly takes a unique approach in selecting his team captains.So the Ducks don’t have three captains. They don’t have 10 captains. Let’s listen to Chip Kelly on leadership:
“We had 16 captains last year, and we’ll have 16 this year,” Kelly said. “We really have one at each position. I believe there is strength in numbers. We’re all allowed at our level to bring 105 players to camp. It’s tough to say just two kids are gonna lead them. We have a leader at each position, voted on by the players.
• George Schroeder examines the NFL draft system in his feature story from the R-G yesterday. Schroeder notes that Chip Kelly thought there should have been more than one player drafted and was surprised nobody picked up Brandon Bair and Jeff Maehl.
• ESPN's Ivan Maisel notes that Oregon has holes to fill on the offensive line and looks at the likely starters this year.
• SI columnist Andy Staples lays out his post spring Top 25 and has Oregon at #2 right behind Oklahoma.
With new starters at receiver and on the offensive line, Oregon's offense slowed down a bit in the spring. Oregon's defense, which must replace most of its front seven, didn't seem to take a step back at all. This is probably because of coordinator Nick Aliotti's "line change" substitutions, which allowed the Ducks' backups to play almost as many snaps as the starters. That's good news for Oregon, because we know the offense -- still led by tailback LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas -- will be up to speed by September.