The concept wasn't novel but the execution was flawless.
Chip Kelly did many things extremely well in his first head coaching job, but foremost among them was his masterful job of selling his players and Duck fans on his methods and philosophy.
Central to that was "next man up," the idea that if a player went down or was lost to the program in some way, the next guy had to step in and do the job. The younger player was talented and prepared, and the coach created the expectation that the team would continue with the same energy and confidence.
Duck fan and DSH editor Scott Morgan writes:
The reload, not rebuild idea is something the Ducks have not really had the luxury to achieve, in my estimation. Teams like Alabama, Ohio State, USuCk, etc have the year-in, year-out top tier recruiting classes to sustain that in their programs and they know all too well how much of a benefit it is.
The loss of depth due to transfers (Lache Seastrunk, Tra Carson, Devon Blackmon, Tacoi Sumle...