Is “Continuity” the new Ducks’ motto?

The Oregon football team is the only national title contender this offseason to have changed coaches.   The assumption is when a new coach comes into a program it takes some time to acclimate to his new ways and strategies;  this can be apparent on the field as teams can regress.  This loss of headway can force teams into rebuilding from scratch and laying down a new foundation which in turn affects the short-term success of the program.

Mark Helfrich is a great fit to be Chip Kelly's successor

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Mark Helfrich is a great fit to be Chip Kelly’s successor.

Luckily for the Ducks, it appears that “Continuity” is the other motto along with “Fast. Hard. Finish”.  Chip Kelly sprung for Philadelphia; however, eight of the nine members of the coaching staff stayed in Eugene with some having tenured at this program for a lengthy time.  If you look in the past, Oregon has been promoting continuity since 1995 when then offensive coordinator,  Mike Bellotti,  took over for head coach Rich Brooks, who left to the NFL.  Ever since then, the offensive coordinator has been the subsequent coach as Kelly took the job over in 2009 and now Helfrich in 2013.

This “handing off” of the program to the offensive coordinator has been nothing but successful as Oregon has reeled off eight consecutive bowl appearances,  with the four most recent being BCS bowls.  Oregon is in a great spot and reports are that spring practices have been just as fast-paced and hectic as they were the years before under Coach Kelly.  With an almost identical playbook and retention of the coaching staff the Ducks look to be in great shape heading into the fall.  ”Continuity” actually might be the motto that leads them to a national title rather than the accepted “Fast. Hard. Finish”.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock