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Mark Helfrich was the eyes and ears of former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Although he may not have been calling the plays, he was helping Kelly with the formations and making the calls easier for the man in charge. Helfrich is familiar with the program and won't have to do much changing as a first-year head coach.
Also, Kelly was a former Oregon offensive coordinator before becoming a head coach. If that is an indication of things to come, the Ducks will continue flying.
The biggest concern with Helfrich is that he has no head coaching experience. Sure, he earned his stripes as an offensive coordinator and has earned the respect of his players. But there's a big difference between being in the background in the skybox and being the go-to guy on the field. Some can handle it, while some can't. Only time will tell.
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There won't be many changes with the way things are done in Eugene. Although Helfrich is the only Pac-12 coach who has yet to coach a game, he has at ton of potential. This is a solid starting point for the 39-YEAR-OLD, with room to slide up the totem pole rather quickly.
Although Helfrich is the only Pac-12 coach who has yet to coach a game, there is tons of upside and potential with the 39-year-old. This is a solid starting point, with room to slide up the totem pole rather quickly.