Oregon defensive line coach Ron Aiken
The Ducks welcome two new assistant coaches into the Oregon family with the additions of Ron Aiken and Matt Lubick.
Aiken takes over the defensive line coaching duties, replacing Jerry Azzinaro, who followed Chip Kelly to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Aiken is a highly respected D-line coach who most recently spent six years with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals after eight years with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Lubick was added as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. He replaces Scott Frost at the position, as Frost moves up to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Lubick has most recently been at Duke University in a similar capacity.
Both new coaches are good hires for Helfrich. But anytime you change even one ingredient in the recipe, the dish could turn out differently. Aiken and Lubick appear to be guys who will be a comfortable fit with the Oregon coaching roster, but you can't be sure until they get on-the-job tested.
And there are intangibles with the existing assistant coaches that we as fans aren't privy to. Does Nick Aliotti aspire to be a head coach and was he ticked when Helfrich got the job? Did Steve Greatwood or Gary Campbell think he should have been named offensive coordinator instead of Scott Frost?
The Ducks have essentially a new management structure. Helfrich has to hope the new pieces fit into the overall puzzle.