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Oregon Football: Why Mark Helfrich Is the Best Replacement for Chip Kelly
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All of the speculation was true.

After turning down three NFL teams following a Fiesta Bowl win, Chip Kelly decided that his heart was still in Eugene and that he would remain as the Oregon Ducks head football coach.

Unfortunately, that lasted a mere two weeks.

In Tommy Tuberville fashion, Chip Kelly decided the NFL was too much to pass on and announced that he would be taking the Philadelphia Eagles' head coaching vacancy.

First off: A thank you to Chip Kelly for all the hard work he put into the Oregon football program. If not for his efforts, Oregon would not be the program that it is today. While Kelly's communication regarding the NFL, and to the media in general, could have been better, I would like to wish him good luck on his future endeavors.

With Kelly leaving, Oregon will need to fill their vacancy at head coach, and they will need to fill it quickly before the team's recruiting class goes down the tubes.

You can talk all you want about Jon Gruden, or Chris Petersen, or any other high-profile coach that has been mentioned, but I can tell you right now that Mark Helfrich is the best fit to take over the program.

Helfrich is currently the Ducks' offensive coordinator, and according to a report from USA Today before the Fiesta Bowl, the head coach-in-waiting.

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