This Wall Street Journal article on the Oregon Ducks' offense contains some quote leftovers, but they are delicious quote leftovers, and deserve some reheating. Rick Neuheisel of UCLA said last year that someone would "figure out" how to defend Oregon eventually, especially in Pac-12's North Division. And this is what Chip Kelly had to say to that:
Last season, when the UCLA coach said he thought someone would "solve" Oregon, Kelly had this to say, according to the Oregonian: "They must be pretty slow in solving it because I've been running it for four years here."
Oregon went on to beat UCLA 60-13 in their 2010 matchup, with the Bruins defense allowing 582 yards of total offense to the Ducks. The BCS Title game might have shown the best method for slowing down the Oregon offense: have a Nick Fairley on your defensive line.
This strategy is deceptively simple. Take one Nick Fairley, give him no food and two cups of black coffee immediately before pregame, and then tell him that Oregon's backfield stole his mother's car. You'll need to find a Nick Fairley for this, and be warned: they are devilishly hard to bring down in the wild without heavy weaponry and ample reinforcements. (HT: Dave.)