Just to be fair, because the guest made the claim that he wasn’t calling plays after the initial Navy game, Kiffin admitted in November that Briles was still calling plays:
“I could call plays,” Kiffin said. “I don’t think I would do as well as Kendal because I think Kendal has a very unique ability to signal them really fast and he thinks ahead to the next play. And it’s his terminology and his system.”
Having someone signaling plays who isn’t as fast as Briles would potentially remove one of the great advantages of the Baylor offense.
“The best way to explain it is, it’s got really good plays, but the plays aren’t what makes it – aren’t the No. 1 most important thing,” Kiffin said. “It is the pace. The speed. He goes the same speed all the time. I’ve never done that. I’ve had the fast and changed personnel in series. He basically never changes personnel in an entire series so you can’t sub on defense. He’ll go 14 plays and you can’t get guys in because he goes so fast all the time.”