EUGENE, Ore. — The announcement of Mark Helfrich as the Ducks new Head Coach on Sunday was not a complete surprise for fans. Many had expected this coming when Chip Kelly was first expected to go to the NFL right after the Fiesta Bowl.
With the NFL playoff games on Sunday, it was a big day for all football fans, especially those who support the Ducks in town. As the news was made official, most folks seemed happy with the decision.
For many, Chip’s quick decision change was a disappointment to say the least, but despite that, most fans were happy for him and were now simply focused on how the team is going to continue on without him. Who would take his place was the talk of the town all last week. Sunday was no different. Here are some of the things fans told us:
“I think we’re definitely taking a positive step forward by hiring our offensive coordinator.”
“I would have been worried if they didn’t move him to head coach, because then i’d be like who’s this guy? I don’t know what’s happening.”
“I think it’s a great move. Ducks are offense and we’ve got our offensive coordinator moving in and taking the spot.”
“It’s also gonna bring a little ease and comfort if you’re a Duck fan instead of bringing in someone at large.”
Helfrich’s name was in the mix the whole time. So, for many it was no big surprise.
Fans said the coaching staff is important, but so are the players and as long as they’re all in together, they’re already on their way to another great season.