You are right, that Oregon defense is championship quality and they will dominate for years.
Coach Neal has been putting dbs in the NFL at an astonishing clip - Jarius Byrd, Patrick Chung, Walther Thurmond, TJ Ward and most recently Cliff Harris and Eddie Pleasant.
Coach Azzinaro was Freeney's DL coach. Kelly brough him in to replace him and exacted the kind of effort that got Oregon to the NCG with 2/3 star talent.
Since Chip's arrival, Oregon switched schemes to the 3-4 and in two year he had an defense that in 2008 was underwhelming to the #11 defense in yards per play defended. We also were #2 in turnovers.
Chip has made a concerted effort to get better dlinmen and you will this realized in 2012.
By the way, there are at least 40 running back's in the country better than DeAnthony Thomas