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NFC East teams tried to hire ex-Oregon defensive coordinator in effort to slow down Chip Kelly

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Nick Aliotti retired as the University of Oregon’s defensive coordinator after the team completed its 2013 season and has remained retired despite some interest from NFL teams in bringing him on board as a consultant.

Their interest isn’t based on the 30-plus years that Aliotti has spent on the sideline, however. It has to do with the fact that he worked for Eagles coach Chip Kelly before Kelly jumped to the Eagles and the desire for Eagles opponents to do whatever they can to slow down Kelly’s offense. According to Aliotti, the teams that play the Eagles twice every year have all made inquiries.

“I have been asked by everybody in the NFC East …" Aliotti said, via the Oregonian. “The Giants asked me to come back when Chip got the first job. I didn’t feel right doing that. Some teams have called when they’re getting ready to play the Eagles and they call and have certain questions on the thing. Unless I know the guy and he’s a good friend, I don’t get involved with that.”

The Eagles ranked 4th in the league in points scored and 2nd in yards last year and they are currently 3rd in points and 4th in yards this year, so you can understand why teams would be looking for any edge they can find when tasked with stopping the Philly offense. As long as Aliotti decides to stay retired, they’ll have to look elsewhere.