If there’s one person outside of the state of Oregon who probably isn’t happy about Chip Kelly’s change of heart to take the Eagles head coaching job it has to be new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
To say that Kiffin, the architect of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive that vanquised the Eagles’ Super Bowl dreams during the 2002 season, did not fair well against Kelly during his time as defensive coordinator at USC would be an understatement.
USC lost two of three meetings to Oregon during Kiffin’s tenure at USC, allowing the Ducks’ offense to average more than 600 yards and 50 points per game in those contests.
Certainly, Kelly won’t be running an exact replication of his high-octane offense in Philadelphia, nor will he be equipped with superior talent, but it’s clear the schematic matchups Kelly designed in those contests were too much for Kiffin to handle.
We’ll see how that, much like Kelly’s collegiate success, translates at the professional level.