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Kiffin hasn’t had much luck with Kelly’s offense

Bruce Carter, Monte Kiffin AP

The Cowboys would probably prefer to talk about recent games rather than history as it pertains to their defense.

They looked more stable last week against the Redskins, but defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin didn’t have much luck against Eagles coach Chip Kelly when they were both coaching in college recently.

In three games as Southern Cal’s defensive coordinator, Kiffin’s defense allowed an average of 601 yards and 50 points per game to Kelly’s Oregon team.

They did a good job,” Kiffin said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Hopefully, we come out and play better. That’s for sure. The 10-2 year that we had at SC, we were a big underdog [at Oregon] that year, and they had a home streak going. We beat them up there. We got him. But he got us two out of three.”

Kelly, as you might imagine, downplayed the significance.

“Football is a player’s game,” the Eagles coach said. “I was fortunate when I was at Oregon to have just some outstanding players that were really, really good football players whether it was LaMichael James or Marcus Mariota or Anthony Thomas or Kenjon Barner or Josh Huff or Jeff Maehl, . . . The list goes on and on. We just had some really good players at Oregon.”

Of course, Kelly’s not the only one who has baffled Kiffin lately. Asked if last year’s 65-21 blowout was the only time he’s felt overwhelmed by an opponent, Kiffin disagreed.

“I kind of felt that way with Peyton Manning,” Kiffin said, of the guy who led a 51-48 win two weeks ago.

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9 Responses to “Kiffin hasn’t had much luck with Kelly’s offense”
  1. onebucplace says: Oct 17, 2013 4:09 PM

    Well that’s it, Dallas should fire Kiffin.

    That comment has nothing to do with the fact that Schiano and his lackeys will soon be out of a job and Tampa will once again need a new HOF defensive coordinator. Nothing at all.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 17, 2013 4:10 PM

    Well atleast he admits when he doesn’t have an answer. That’s a positive…I guess.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 17, 2013 4:32 PM

    Kiffin ain’t a miracle worker. Dallas is riddled with injuries & the DBs aren’t playing up to par. Now his best pass rusher’s hurt. This is like last season for Dallas. Only Sean Lee will be left.

    Foles lights them up this weekend.

  4. norflkva says: Oct 17, 2013 4:35 PM

    Defense out the game plan for both teams!!! Cowboys must outscore the Eagles to get this win.

  5. dccowboy says: Oct 17, 2013 4:37 PM

    I’m sure there is the same talent differential between Dallas and Philly that existed between USC and Oregon.

    Odd that when Chip Kelly’s offense played SEC teams, he didn’t do so well. Couldn’t have had anything to do with the difference in talent between Oregon and teams like LSU not being very substantial if any.

  6. thedudeabides422 says: Oct 17, 2013 6:19 PM

    Too bad Vick is not playing Sunday. Look at Kiffin’s stats against Vick, he’s the one D coordinator that understands Vick has zero ability to throw the forward pass. I’m guessing Vick will be “injured” before the second Dallas game also.

  7. nwsaint says: Oct 17, 2013 6:55 PM

    Offense, not Defense the problem. Fires Wade Phillips.

    Offense, not Defense the problem. Fires Rob Ryan.

    Offense and Defense the problem. Any sane owner would fire the GM at this point. Sadly, that isn’t going to happen. Garrett and Kiffin will get fired and some poor shmuck who really wants to be a head coach and doesn’t care that he’s set up to fail will be the next one up to take the blame for Jerry’s constant failures. Or maybe he’ll fire Garrett, keep Monte and hire Lane Kiffin. He’s available and fits the criteria of wanting to be a head coach and not caring about failure.

  8. devindini says: Oct 17, 2013 9:35 PM

    The Tampa 2 defense that Kiffin is famous for just doesnt work against those college spread teams very well…Especially Chip Kellys offense at Oregon. It shouldnt be so bad in the NFL though since NFL D-lineman and linebackers are too well coached and fast and athletic to let those speedsters get out into space consistantly

  9. somekat says: Oct 18, 2013 10:07 PM

    dccowboy says: Oct 17, 2013 4:37 PM

    I’m sure there is the same talent differential between Dallas and Philly that existed between USC and Oregon.

    Odd that when Chip Kelly’s offense played SEC teams, he didn’t do so well. Couldn’t have had anything to do with the difference in talent between Oregon and teams like LSU not being very substantial if any.

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    You are joking right? Kiffin wasn’t coaching at friggin Orgegon state, he was at USC. At school that is at the top of the recruiting class rankings every year, and has as much or not more talent than anyone

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