Mark Helfrichs firing might be the end of an era at Oregon

  • Mark Helfrich was the last of the Oregon up-tempo tree in the long line of great offensive minds Jhet Janis Jersey. Without him, the Ducks may be looking completely different.When college football fans think of Oregon they think of flash. They go to images of innovative Nike uniforms and hurry up offenses. Mark Helfrich was the last coach remaining from the Oregon glory years starting back in 2007.Article continues below ...Head coach Mike Bellotti added Chip Kelly as his offensive coordinator in that season and thus the Oregon Mystique was born. When Kelly earned the head coaching job, he passed the job to Helfrich. He then handed the offensive coordinator job to Scott Frost. All three of these titans in the Oregon offensive system are gone. Kelly went to the NFL in 2013 Riley Green Jersey, Frost left to take the head coaching job at UCF after the 2015 season and Helfrich was fired Tuesday night.Under Kelly and Helfrich, the Ducks achieve top-tier success on the offensive side of the ball and overall. The duo combined to win three New Year bowl games and appear in two national titles. This line of coaches is unprecedented especially when you consider what Scott Frost has done in year one at UCF.It a significant move because Oregon wont have the same lineage at Oregon anymore. Whether theyll stay in the uptempo offense will be up to the new head coach, but what for sure is that this likely ends the greatness era Oregon has ever known. Helfrich is obviously part of the blame, but he was also part of the greatest time in the Ducks history.Ultimately, Helfrich undoing came at the game most important position. He inherited a Heisman Trophy winner in Marcus Mariota and rode the wave for two seasons. In 2015, he took advantage of the new graduate transfer rule to land Eastern Washington Vernon Adams. Although he had a great season, his injury-plagued year and Oregon lack of quarterback depth dropped the Ducks to just a 9-4 record.Fast forward to 2016, the Ducks tried to repeat the success with Dakota Prukop. I wont say he was a massive failure, but he didnt come close to reaching his expectations. A brutal defense and spotty offensive line play were bigger problems this year..theiaPostSlider_nav._lower display none !important Must Read Heisman Trophy Watch Top 5 candidates after Week 13To his credit, Helfrich leaves Oregon with a nice future and a young quarterback in Justin Herbert. The Ducks road back to success depends heavily on the new coach, but theyll certainly have weapons.