After falling to Ohio State in the national championship game last season, the Oregon Ducks entered this year looking to still contend for a title despite losing star quarterback and Heisman winner Marcus Mariota to the NFL Draft, largely on the back of graduate transfer quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.
Fast forward to day, and Oregon’s championship dreams for this season are dead in the water. Adams was benched in an embarrassing loss to Utah last weekend, and now fans are getting impatient and/or into panic mode. Per Comcast SportsNet analyst and former Ducks quarterback Joey Harrington, some have even gone so far as to say some coaches should be fired.
Sure enough, Harrington did not mince words when taking a shot at these “fans.”
Though he was a bit brash, Harrington is absolutely right. Fans get spoiled easily once they get used to seeing their team win and/or contend on a regular basis, and anything short of perfection becomes borderline unacceptable.
Long story short, Ducks fans need to realize that as talented as Adams may be, he’s no Mariota. His failures fall only on his shoulders, not those of coach Mark Helfrich. It’s like Harrington and his fellow broadcasters said: there are going to be dips along the way, and fans, coaches and players alike will have to weather them.
At this point, all that Oregon itself can do is get back on the horse and hope to go on a big run from now until the end of the regular season. starting with this weekend’s game against the Colorado Buffaloes.
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