"They practiced really well today," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly following his team's first practice since the defeat to Stanford. "We put [the loss] behind us and we got to get ready to play a real, real, real good Oregon State team this Saturday."
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly says his team has moved on from the loss against Stanford.
Moving on is always the hardest part, particularly when you consider what was at stake for Oregon heading in to last Saturday's game. The Ducks were dealt a crushing loss that perhaps cost them their national title hopes and the inside track at a fourth straight conference championship. Getting past those uncomfortable memories for the coaches and players, however, starts with maintaining a consistent approach that has been in place all season, according to Kelly.
"We do the same things; we're very consistent in our approach," said Kelly. "No team meetings on Monday, we've got position meetings and our coaches make corrections in our individual meetings -- what they did good, what needs to be corrected -- and then we practiced.
"We didn't have any meetings [with the team about the loss], I didn't have a 'Come to Jesus' meeting with our counselors or our leaders or anything like that. We're very consistent and that's what we try to preach to our guys all the time."
When it comes to Oregon State, Kelly seemed to deviate -- if ever so slightly -- from his stance that "every game is the same." Asked about what the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State means, Kelly wasted no time calling it a "huge game and the state of Oregon is on the line."
"It's Oregon State versus Oregon," said Kelly. "They've played it for 100 some odd years, it's the last game of the year, and it's an unbelievable battle against two teams who are very familiar with each other and know each other real well."
Off the field, before Monday's practice concluded, it was revealed that redshirt freshman wide receiver Devon Blackmon has announced his intention to transfer from the Oregon football program. Blackmon, who appeared in two games this season, found himself buried on the depth chart this season after getting passed up by true freshmen wide receivers Bralon Addison and Dwayne Stanford. Kelly said Monday that the program would do everything they can to help Blackmon find a new landing spot.
"He's a great kid," said Kelly of Blackmon. "I had a meeting with him this morning and he wants to go see if he can go play somewhere else and we support him in his decision. He's been a great kid and who did a great job in the classroom for us and did a great job as a teammate here."