Found January 08, 2014 on The Duck Stops Here:
In the words of the immortal Groucho Marx, nepotism is all right as long as you keep it in the family. With Nick Aliotti retiring Oregon has both a challenge and an opportunity in hiring the next defensive coordinator. After Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu elected to stay in school, the Ducks are ranked #3 or better in the preseason polls. They're a national title contender in 2014. But they lose 6 starters from the 2013 defense, a defense that allowed 164.3 yards per game on the ground, the worst in five years. Five defensive tackles graduate, and in November, linebackers couldn't fill a hole. Oregon needs a transformation on defense, a mix of innovation and will that maximizes its talent. John Neal has done a great job for the Ducks as secondary coach. 247 Sports just came out with its national recruiting rankings and Neal is the highest rated Duck coach at 27th in the country (Scott Frost is next at 67). Neal's unit has been the...
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