Chipless Ducks Must Earn Respect

It’s more than six months from football season and critics are already predicting Heisman candidates, national champs and top-25’s.  For Oregon, it seems, respect will not be given, it must be earned.  Mark Schlabach recently dispensed his ‘Way Too Early Top 25‘, and the Ducks sit in the five-spot.  Placed in front of Oregon are some obvious candidates for the 2012 National Title – Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State and Texas A&M.  But why no love for the Ducks, who seem to finish in the top-5 every year?  Chip left – that’s why.

Marcus Mariota’s return is more important than Chip Kelly’s departure.

There is no doubt that Oregon must earn its ranking this year.  The Ducks are viewed as a system-team that can’t equal Alabama or Ohio State based solely on talent.  Instead, scheme is the sole reason Oregon wins.  The heavily used explanation as a ‘gimmick offense’ just simply isn’t valid and without Chip Kelly this year the Ducks must prove it.

Kelly was an offensive guru no doubt, but head coach Mark Helfrich isn’t getting any love.  Sure he is a nice guy and everyone senses his sincerity, but can he really keep the Duck train plowing?  Who knows how the nation truly views Oregon heading in to the 2013 season, but the Ducks will quickly teach each opponent a valuable lesson – we are still ‘Mighty Oregon.’  Going undefeated and appearing in a BCS National Championship will assuredly silence the haters.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber