It wasn’t long ago that Oregon was rushing to the offensive line and snapping off plays before the opposing team could catch up and get to the line in time; never mind get the right personnel on the field. Those Oregon Ducks were led by Marcus Mariotta and coached by “mad scientist” Chip Kelly.
Those days are gone, and while the Ducks still have some of the most innovative uniforms in the country, their play has left a lot to be desired.
New head coach Mark Helfrich is yet to make his mark by producing a signature win. The team is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak and player morale is at an all-time low. One player said that “30 to 40 percent” of the players in the locker room “don’t even care if they lose.”
Once considered a powerhouse in the PAC-12, the Ducks have fallen quickly and abruptly. They have lost their last two games by a combined 67 points.
Coach Mark Helfrich sat down with ESPN this week:
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Helfrich seems like a really nice guy, but frankly that won’t matter much if he isn’t able to notch big wins…and soon.