Should the Ducks have gone outside for their D-coordinator?

Should the Ducks have gone outside for their D-coordinator?
January 13, 2014, 2:15 pm
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After several decades in this business I know how much easier it is to come up with questions than it is answers. But I've also noticed that fans often have the answers much quicker than I do.

Thus, I'm just going to ask you this: As a Duck fan, are you comfortable with Oregon naming Don Pellum, a man who has been at Oregon for most of his adult life, the new defensive coordinator to replace Nick Aliotti? Pellum has been a Duck since he played four years for them, other than a couple of years at California as an assistant athletic director. I've met him several times and he impressed me as a very smart, personable man -- which is probably the reason he's always been known as one of Oregon's best recruiters.

His credentials -- even though he's never been a coordinator -- are very solid. I'm not saying they aren't.

But the other side of the issue -- one I've heard from some friends who are big Duck fans -- is that a program that aspires to be a national-championship contender should have held an intensive outside search for a coordinator, rather than promoting from within. Would the defense have profited from bringing in someone with a fresh approach and perhaps new ideas? Is it dangerous to continue to promote from within? Really, the bottom line is probably this -- is Don Pellum the very best man in the country for this job?

I don't know the answer to these questions and I'm not even sure on which side of the argument I fall. I like what I've seen from Pellum... but is there someone else out there with experience as a coordinator, with a proven track record, or someone with merely a different approach that might be better?

I don't know. What do you think?