Key Question No. 6 - Will Oregon Miss Chip?
Posted Aug 25, 2013

Key Question No. 6 - Just how much will Chip Kelly be missed by Oregon?

6. Just how much will Chip Kelly be missed by Oregon?

Richard Cirminiello: Minimally in the short-term, but his absence will be felt over the long haul. In four seasons, Kelly authored a blueprint for success that could run for a while on auto-pilot, if needed. The fact that his successor, Mark Helfrich, was already on staff as offensive coordinator, and inherits a ton of talent ensures that the program won't suffer through detours in 2013. Beyond this season, though, Helfrich and his staff will have to prove they can attract and develop talent with the same proficiency as the prior regime. Kelly had a magic touch in Eugene that won't be easily duplicated.

FOLLOW! @PeteFiutak: Not a lick. Gary Andersen is going to be fantastic in his first season at Wisconsin, and Willie Taggart could make things night-and-day different at USF, but in terms of new head coaches, Mark Helfrich might be more than just be a replacement; he could be enough of an improvement to lead Oregon to a national title. There's no denying that Chip Kelly was a genius, and he did a wonderful job of taking the program to a whole other level, but he was also a taskmaster who kept everyone on edge – and that's not a negative in any way. Helfrich had a lot to do with the offensive explosion and should keep the machine rolling without any sort of a hiccup. It's not like it's party time now, but it's going to be a more relaxed team and a looser atmosphere helped by a team motivated to show the world that it wasn't all about Kelly.

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No. 23 Top Non-Conference Game | No. 22 Top Conference Game
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No. 3 Will Ohio State Go 14-0? | No. 2 Alabama Threepeat
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