When then-head coach Chip Kelly agreed to become the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Oregon promoted offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to be the man in charge of one of the nation's most dangerous and exciting teams.
Expectations are sky-high for another BCS bowl berth. Maybe even the BCS championship. For the first-year head coach, 2013 is setting up for the perfect season. Or a complete failure.
Helfrich was basically given the keys to a Ferrari F12berlinetta on January 20. It is a screamer. But this sexy Italian sports car demands constant maintenance. It can also be an intimidating piece of machinery for the first-time driver.
Helfrich has no experience as a head coach. He had been a quarterbacks coach for the last 15 years at Boise State, Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon. Helfrich had been the Ducks' offensive coordinator since 2008, but Kelly had always been the primary play-caller.