John Neal thinks if the Ducks defense is going to get exposed it was good that it happened in the first game of the season in a game that the Ducks won.
Now the Oregon coaches can do something about the problems on the field -- the missed tackles, players in the wrong spot and the focus the team has during the game.
Neal, in his 33rd year of coaching and the 13th at Oregon, has produced a lot of NFL talent and has been in the situation before of developing a secondary that plays for championships.
This year, Neal has called his group of players some of the best talent he has ever coached, but they are young and relatively inexperienced. Now that group has had their noses bloodied and on Monday, the Ducks go back to work as they prepare for the biggest game in the nation next week, against Michigan State.
Neal and the rest of the coach staff have their work cut out for them, but judging by Neal's reaction to questions, there is no panic. He intends to indetify the problems and come up with solutions.
Given his past history, it is fair to say Neal is the right man in the right spot to get the Oregon defense on track.