Oregon coach Chip Kelly took the podium on Monday in Scottsdale for the Fiesta Bowl’s media day, and showed he’s been paying close attention to Kansas State well before the Ducks and Wildcats were paired up for Thursday’s game at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
First, Kelly dismissed the idea that the two teams were exact opposites and continued his praise of K-State middle linebacker Arthur Brown.
“We’re more similar than people give us credit for, we’ll run the football at you just like (K-State) will,” Kelly said. “It may look different to a football purist but our styles are similar. They’re very well-coached and athletic, just like us.”
His words about Brown gave insight into whatever scouting report he and his staff put together.
“Arthur Brown is the best linebacker I’ve seen on film, very rarely is he on the ground or off his feet or missing tackles,” Kelly said. “He does a great job of negating big plays.”
Kelly saved his highest praise for K-State coach Bill Snyder, and showed he was well aware of their turgid history before Snyder arrived in 1989 … and then when he came back again in 2009.
“If you understood what Kansas State was about before Coach Snyder took over to what it is now … he built it into one of the premiere football programs in the country, twice,” Kelly said. “Everybody in our profession knows how hard it is to win on Saturdays, so how many coaches have stadiums named after them while they’re still coaching in them? Every time we watch film they cut to the scoreboard so you can see down, distance and time on the clock and I see that ‘Bill Snyder Family Stadium’ right there and shake my head. That right there tells the impact he’s had on our sport.
“I’ve said this before, but he’s going to go down as one of the greatest college football coaches in the history of the game.”