Chip Kelly wants his defensive coordinator 'a little off'

Chip Kelly has been searching for a defensive coordinator since he got to Philadelphia, but he wouldn't exactly call it "work".

“I’ve been pretty thorough, unless it’s somebody that I’ve either coached with or had a real good working knowledge of. It’s talking football, talking philosophies, talking strategies. It’s stuff I love to do. To me, that’s not work.”

Kelly explained the need to be thorough during the process, and how it may be difficult to find the right fit when you haven't necessarily worked with, or know someone who has worked with, the guys that you're considering. Combine that with the fact that it's his first time as an NFL head coach making a hire of this magnitude, making a the right hire is extremely important.

“That’s why the process takes a little time. Because if you haven’t worked with him before, and you don’t know people that have really worked with him that you trust, then it’s more than just getting a feel for what they’re all about. And that’s a wide range of topics.”

“You need really, really, smart people. People who are dedicated. You need people who are just a little bit ‘off’ too.”

Ivan Rogers of FanIQ explains that it's understood that Kelly is focused on guys that can bring a scheme that can stop opponents on third down, in the red zone, and during the fourth quarter, and he's not afraid to take his time.

“I’m not worried about who we don’t get, I’m worried about who we do get. I wanna make sure that that person is the right fit, because I don’t wanna be like, ‘God, I wish I’d spent a little more time and investigated this.’"

 As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest developments.

The Scoop on DeWayne Walker to the Jacksonville Jaguars

We learned Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker is leaving to become the defensive backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

We have also heard that offensive coordinator Doug Martin, who served as the Aggies' offensive coordinator in 2011 and recently rejoined the program after spending the 2012 season at Boston College, is a strong possibility to succeed Walker. Martin went 29-53 as the head coach at Kent State from 2004-10. 

Walker went 10-40 in four years at New Mexico State and returns to a role he is intimately familiar with, after serving as the defensive backs coach for the New England Patriots, New York Giants and Washington Redskins. Walker has a total of nine years experience in the NFL. 

Sources tell us that Pete Carroll was instrumental in helping land Walker in Jacksonville. Carroll's defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks, Gus Bradley, was recently named the Jaguars' head coach, and Walker was Carroll's defensive backs coach in New England (1998-99) and at USC (2001).

After a one-year stay at USC, Walker spent a total of four years as the defensive backs coach for the New York Giants (2002-03) and Washington Redskins (2004-05) before working as the defensive coordinator at UCLA from 2006-08. Walker was named the head coach at New Mexico State on Dec. 31, 2008. 

Walker's departure is the 29th head coaching change in FBS in the 2012-13 off-season, extending the current record. 

Video: NC State's strength video illustrates 'game of inches'

Well done video here out of NC State synced up with one of the greatest movie speeches of all time.

They couldn't have found a more appropriate speech to pair this video up with. Great work.


10 stipulations of Mark Helfrich's contract at Oregon

Chip Kelly left behind a spectacular legacy at Oregon. Winning big by running the opponent out of the building and wearing some eye-catching uniforms to boot. In his absence, Oregon plans to continue believing in Win The Day and Next Man Up. Unfortunately, there's another instantly-recognizable phrase Kelly leaves behind: Willie Lyles.

The relationship between Kelly and Lyles is still under investigation, and athletic director Rob Mullens has a plan in place to deal with the ongoing NCAA probe. Built into new head coach Mark Helfrich's contract are 10 points he must abide by, according to reporting by George Schroeder and Dan Wolken of USA Today:

1. Create written procedures "to ensure that the football staff, including assistant coaches, is monitoring the football  program's rules compliance".

2. Assign a football staff liaison to the compliance staff.

3. Delegate football staff members to "monitor specific areas of compliance" such as recruiting contacts, initial eligibility, amateurism and telephone contacts.

4. Regularly evaluate football staff members in their handling of compliance responsibilities.

5. Monitor the football program's ongoing compliance training and ensure that there is a plan in place "for discussion of important information".

6. Handle reporting lines for resolving any NCAA rules issues, whether actual or potential.

7. Determine lines of communication to alert compliance staff of any potential issues regarding current players or recruits.

8. Hold regular meetings with the football staff to monitor compliance and make sure all reporting avenues with the compliance staff are "functioning properly".

9. Ensure his staff immediately brings "concerns or red flags related to potential NCAA violations" to the attention of Oregon's compliance staff. 

Additionally, Helfrich must meet with Mullens and Oregon president Michael Gottfredson to discuss the school's expectations regarding compliance and the football program's shared responsibility with Oregon's compliance staff. 

The contract also states that Helfrich has made Oregon aware of any "conduct that would give rise to an allegation that he has violated any rules, regulations policies, bylaws, interpretations or decisions established or issued", and that Mullens has brought Helfrich up to speed on the status of the NCAA's investigation. 

No one will be able to accuse Oregon of shying away from its compliance duties with regards to the NCAA's investigation. While a lot of these contractual mandates are commonplace, one has to wonder if spelling out a head coach's compliance responsiblities to this detail will become standard operation procedure with all new coaching hires across FBS. 

Changes coming to Mountain West Conference

College sports' game of musical chairs has ended (for the moment) with the Mountain West Conference containing 12 members.

After briefly deciding to leave for the Big East, Boise State and San Diego State have elected to remain in the Mountain West, which will allow the 14-year old conference to hold a championship game. 

The league announced today that the divisions will be known as "Mountain" and "West", respectively. Simple and effective, the exact opposite of the Big Ten's divisional names. Each team will play five divisional games and three cross-division games. The changes come into effect for the 2013 season.

Mountain Division

Air Force
Boise State
Colorado State
New Mexico
Utah State

West Division

Fresno State
San Diego State
San Jose State

The inaugural Mountain West Championship will be played Dec. 7 at the home of the team that is ranked the highest in the BCS standings. 

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