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Why would he leave after winning a national title? What's up with all these random posts of college coaches just leaving ? Don't you think if they intended to go pro they would have voiced this 2 weeks ago while or before all these other candidates had interviews .

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So Matt Ryan can run the option? Sigh...

Of course not, silly. Great coaching minds can adapt to need and circmstance.

DALLAS — I don't know how widespread the feeling is within the Oregon football team, but I know there are undercurrents of unrest among the players about head coach Mark Helfrich.

Oh, they love the guy.

They just wish he would get his due.

Ever since Helfrich took over the Ducks in January 2013, he has been linked to his predecessor, Chip Kelly.

Helfrich has won 24 of his 27 games at Oregon ... but there always seems to be a qualifier: He's done it with Chip Kelly's system, with Chip Kelly's players.

He has lost only three games, and each time, it proved — some say — that he is no Chip Kelly.

And in the days leading up to the Rose Bowl national semifinal, and Monday's national championship, Helfrich and the Oregon players were peppered with Chip Kelly questions and comparisons.

"It bugs me,'' senior Keanon Lowe said. "Helf ... man, we wouldn't be here without him.''

So on Monday, against Ohio State, some Oregon players say they are playing for more than themselves, and the program.

They say they are playing for Helfrich.

"Our game plan now, on Monday,'' linebacker Derrick Malone said sternly, "is Helf is going to step out of the shadows and come into his own right. He is going to do something that has never been done at the University of Oregon. And it's all going to be a credit to him.

"I think with that,'' Malone said, "people won't be mentioning Chip.''

• • •

There's a delicate balance within the Oregon program when it comes to Kelly and Helfrich.

To be clear, Kelly is still revered inside the Oregon program.

"I will be the first to say, Chip is my hero,'' defensive backs coach John Neal said. "There is nobody I respect, love and admire more than Chip Kelly. Nobody.''

His ways, his plays, and what he used to say are still etched throughout the program, and Eugene.

Win the Day. Next Man Up. Fast. Hard. Finish. All Chip-isms, and all still embraced and utilized.

"I was at a gas station in Eugene the other day and saw a Win The Day sign in the window,'' Neal said. "I took a picture and texted it to Chip and told him 'The spirit is still alive.' And we need to keep it. Because the guy is special. All the coaches believe in it, and fortunately, so does Mark.''

But there also is a growing sentiment, especially among the players, that enough is enough. For how much Helfrich likes to deflect praise and spread it among the program, and for how much the public and media like to still bring up Kelly, the players seem to feel obligated to make this about Helfrich.

After all, Chip Kelly wasn't in that Eugene locker room that cold Thursday night after the Arizona loss, knowing the right words to say, and the right way to say them.

It was Helfrich.

Chip Kelly wasn't on the headsets that fall afternoon against Michigan State, with Oregon trailing by 11 in the third quarter, making adjustments with his coordinators that would end up being a 19-point victory.

It was Helfrich.

Other than one of his old mantras — "next man up" — Kelly had no impact in guiding this team through a rash of unprecedented injuries that forced nine different starting units on the offensive line, and season-ending injuries to stars such as tackle Tyler Johnstone, tight end Pharaoh Brown, receiver Bralon Addison, and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

And it wasn't Chip Kelly who secured one of the most impactful freshman classes that have come through Eugene in years, with the likes of running back Royce Freeman, utility athlete Charles Nelson, and offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby showing the future is bright, too.

It was all Helfrich.

"I feel like even if coach Helfrich won like five national championships, there will always be talk about how coach Kelly initiated this thing,'' senior linebacker Tony Washington said.

"But I'm telling you,'' Washington said. "You have to give Helfrich credit. What he has done with this is a huge deal."

• • •

Part of what has made Helfrich so successful is he doesn't care about all this talk. He doesn't care who gets credit. He doesn't worry about working in the shadow of his predecessor. And he doesn't care about awards or attention.

"Deep down, everybody probably wants to be in the limelight, but I don't think Mark does,'' said linebackers coach Erik Chiander, who spent time with Kelly at Oregon and with the Eagles before joining Helfrich's staff. "He understands, he know this is bigger than all of us. We just want what's best for the team.

"So people can say all of this is because of Chip, or cast Mark in a shadow, and he's OK with that.''

The reason, his staff and players say, is because Helfrich is the definition of selfless.

"All that talk would bother a guy with an ego; Mark Helfrich doesn't have an ego,'' offensive coordinator Scott Frost said. "Which is why everyone around him likes him so much and will play so hard for him.''

When Kelly departed for the Eagles, and took defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro with him, Neal said the Ducks' long-standing staff all wanted Helfrich to be the replacement.

"That's why when people say after Chip left there was his shadow ... well, good,'' Neal said. "And good that we kept it. That's why we all wanted Mark. We wanted to keep the system. And we felt Mark was the right guy, that we all had enough respect for, to keep this going in the right direction.''

He did it by giving his assistants empowering autonomy. Everybody feels like they have a voice, and a part in the system. And he did it by accepting what worked, while also listening and tinkering with ways to improve.

"I have never viewed this program as Chip's program,'' Helfrich said. "And I have never viewed it as my program. It's all these guys. It's a combination of support. We are kind of on a train that is trying to get more efficient: better, faster, all those things.''

With the players, they noticed the same wit and offensive genius as Kelly, but with Helfrich, there was a more personal touch.

"Everyone knows what Chip did to this program when he took over, and coach Helfrich hasn't changed that much,'' center Hroniss Grasu said. "The only thing he has changed is he has brought this team so much closer together. He kind of made it like a high school team. With coach Kelly it was more about business, about playing football,. With coach Helfrich, he really cares a lot about us as players, as people and he truly loves us. Not saying coach Kelly didn't, but coach Helfrich has taken it to another level.''

And now, the Ducks are on the cusp of a level they have never reached: the national title. Kelly got here in 2010, but he lost 22-19 to Auburn.

Now on Monday night, the players would like to create a distinction between the teams, and the coaches.

"Just to be mentioned with Chip Kelly puts you in a good category,'' Malone said. "But if it was me, I would be a little bothered. That's why Monday, he is ready to come into his own right. And we are going to help him.''

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Why would he leave after winning a national title? What's up with all these random posts of college coaches just leaving ? Don't you think if they intended to go pro they would have voiced this 2 weeks ago while or before all these other candidates had interviews .

How do you know he hasn't?

This is how it works with retained research firms.

Probably nothing to it but why no front runner? Why was Rex not offered.

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Ohhhh Gawwwd,,,,,,Where? The suspense is crushing!

The Buccaneers announced on Thursday that they hired Dirk Koetter to be the team’s next offensive coordinator. The move has caused many to tie Koetter's past to a very popular quarterback in Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

The Buccaneers announced on Thursday that they hired Dirk Koetter to be the team’s next offensive coordinator. The move has caused many to tie Koetter's past to a very popular quarterback in Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

The narrative comes from the fact that Oregon’s head coach Mark Helfrich worked with Koetter at Oregon in 1997, then at Boise State from 1998 to 2000 and ending their tenure with one another at Arizona State from 2001 to 2005. During that time the two saw quarterbacks like Akili Smith, Sam Keller, Bart Hendricks, and Andrew Walter among others. Many feel that since Helfrich is currently running a spread offense at Oregon it somehow ties to Koetter implementing a spread offense in Tampa Bay to perhaps draft Mariota.

That’s merely inaccurate.

As a guest on KTIK radio in Boise, Idaho Tuesday afternoon, Koetter said that Helfrich didn’t learn the spread concept until he went to Oregon under Chip Kelly in 2009 -- debunking any ties to sharing the same offensive philosophies the two currently share.

As for Koetter and what he can bring to the Bucs offensive philosophy, he added that he is a firm believer that teams who do well coach the game through the eyes of the quarterback. That philosophy could be one that helped Atlanta Falconsquarterback Matt Ryan succeed.

What was another interesting thing to note from Koetter’s interview was what he said regarding his immediate future. After the show led into his segment saying “Could he be the next offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?”, the veteran playcaller responded with the following regarding his future plans:

“I can’t say much unfortunately. I do still have a contract with the Falcons. They have given me permission to talk to some other teams, which I have done. But I think things will work out here in the next few days.”

The next few days resulted in the Bucs announcement of coming to terms with Koetter. So how could it have played out?

On Tuesday morning, I received word from a source saying that the position was Koetter’s if he wanted it. It was safe to assume at that point the team may have offered him the job. That then led me to receive word Wednesday afternoon from a league source that on top of negotiations with Tampa Bay, there are perhaps some workarounds needing to get taken care of from his contractual obligations with Atlanta. However, we may never know how it truly transpired.

It was a solid hire for the Bucs. Where they go from here regarding the draft remains to be seen. But one thing I’ll remain confident in based on what I have been told (and previously reported), Mariota to the Bucs is currently not an option.

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Not if he wins tonight.

OSU has been off the map for far too long to let him slip away.

I doubt it will get as good as Sabans Contract,, but life will be good.

Who knows, worth a shot I guess... if he wins a championship he may feel he's done what he wanted to do and wants a shot at the NFL.

Probably wishful thinking on my part lol

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Some have referred to him as the brightest young offensive mind in football today, the next Sean Peyton. Paired with Matt Ryan and a good DC, this would be an interesting hire.

It would take Guts to hire him as an NFL head coach.

He is a Tesla automobile in a world of Toyota Camry's.

NFL people are ultra conservative in their thinking. For the most part they are still living in the 1990's.

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