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2011 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - Coaches
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly
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Posted Jan 7, 2011


The position-by-position breakdown of the 2011 BCS Championship - Coaches

2011 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Auburn vs. Oregon - Coaches

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CFN 2011 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN

- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches

By Pete Fiutak

Auburn: Head coach Gene Chizik has resisted any urges or opportunities to gloat after all the controversy and all the screaming after the miserable job he did at Iowa State. While he might not be an elite Xs and Os man, he did two big things to get Auburn to Glendale. 1) He brought aboard offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn which 2) helped recruit Cam Newton. Malzahn has done a phenomenal job all season long of making adjustments on the fly, and when in doubt, he has simply let Cam Newton be Cam Newton. Against Alabama, he pantsed Nick Saban and his crew in the second half with a masterful mix of plays utilizing Newton’s passing ability in the comeback win. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof has done a decent job, but his defenses are usually about trying to take the ball away and this team doesn’t do that enough. Former Auburn great, Tracy Rocker, has been the key to the defensive coaching staff with the tutoring of Nick Fairley and the rest of the defensive front.

Oregon: Mike Bellotti knew what he was doing bringing in Chip Kelly, who had never been a head coach at any level, as his successor two years ago. While Bellotti set the foundation, Kelly put up the house … in a hurry. With his up-tempo attack, Kelly became the first Pac 10 coach to win the conference title in his first season, and the offense keeps on rolling finishing No. 1 in the nation in points and yards. More than anything else, Kelly has brought a sense of confidence and an air of arrogance, but not in a bad way, to the Ducks. Slow down Oregon in the first half? Okay, the O will keep doing what it does and it’ll hit the home runs in the second half. No big whoop. If part of the measure of a coaching staff is what its teams do on the fly in the second half, then Kelly and his staff are peerless. Time and again this year, close games became blowouts as the offense went drip, drip, drip, drip, flood, with tight battles becoming ugly blowouts in the blink of an eye. Mark Helfrich might be the offensive coordinator, but this is Kelly’s attack. Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was the architect of the Gang Green defense that got Oregon to the 1994 Rose Bowl, and his aggressive style of defense revolves around attacking in the backfield and forcing turnovers.

ADVANTAGE: Oregon. Malzahn is the best coach in the bunch, and his chess match with Aliotti’s defense will be great theater. While Chizik, despite all his success, might not be Kelly, he’s used to being in big games and coaching, at least as an assistant, in the big moments, having been the defensive coordinator at Texas. These are two rock-solid staffs that are each looking for their first big, bright moment on the résumés. Chizik and Kelly might not be Saban, Meyer, Tressel, Brown-like legends, but one will start to be after this game.

CFN 2011 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN

- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches