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.
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”.