Cowboys DC Kiffin can't escape Chip Kelly

Cowboys DC Kiffin can't escape Chip Kelly

Published Jan. 16, 2013 11:38 a.m. ET

When Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin left USC he probably thought he'd be escaping the high-powered, up-tempo offense that Chip Kelly had coached at Oregon. On Wednesday it was reported that Kiffin will actually get to see that offense more at his new job.

Kelly has left Oregon to take the head-coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles, meaning Kiffin will face Kelly at least twice a year in the NFC East.

During Kiffin's three seasons coaching USC's defense, the Trojans went 1-2 against Kelly's Ducks. Furthermore, Oregon averaged 601 yards of offense and 50 points in those three games.

"He comes up with some new wrinkles every year," Kiffin told the LA Times in November. "You can have a lot of speed and not know what you're doing. They know how to get the ball to their speed."

Oregon defeated USC 62-51 on November 3, gaining 730 yards, which included 426 yards on the ground.

Kelly was one of the first candidates interviewed for the Eagles coaching position after Andy Reid was fired last month. As arguably the hottest coaching candidate on the market, Kelly also interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. However, it appeared Kelly wasn't swept away with the offers and was going to return to Oregon.

Oregon has gone 46-7 over the last four years under Kelly, including four consecutive BCS bowl appearances.

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