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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Chip Kelly defends his slow start at UCLA

Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly was supposed to bring the boost that the UCLA program needed, but things look worse than ever after an 0-2 start.

The Bruins lost Saturday to San Diego State for the first time in program history. The crowd for the game was the smallest since 1994, and the school even went as far as to offer complimentary tickets to this Saturday’s game against Oklahoma to season ticket holders who attended the defeat.

Kelly on Monday defended his slow start, saying he was trying to grow a program and being reactionary would only prove detrimental.

Nobody was expecting Kelly to have UCLA playing like his old Oregon Ducks teams this quickly. What they were probably hoping to see was some tangible progress, and an 0-2 start after going 3-9 last season isn’t it. His decision-making has been criticized, and he isn’t showing signs of building a team like he had at Oregon any time soon. It may be that his best years are behind him and the rest of the sport has had time to catch up to the tactics that once made him great.



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