My memory may be a little fuzzy on this area, but if I recall correctly, there was a contingent on here happy to see Helfrich leave Boulder and head to Eugene, because you blamed him for your offensive woes. As Oregon's offensive coordinator last season, Helfrich led an offense that finish #33 nationally in total offense, averaging 412 yards per game. Oregon was #98 in the nation in passing offense, at 180.3 yards per game, and #6 in the nation in rushing offense, at 231.7 yards per game. The Ducks led the Pac-10 and ranked #8 nationally in scoring offense, averaging 36.08 points per game (37.7 in Pac-10 play).
Helfrich is also the Ducks' quarterback coach, and helped develop Jeremiah Massoli from a juco transfer into a second-team Pac-10 quarterback (I'm guessing he didn't give Masoli any pointers on how to stay out of trouble, though).
It seems to me that Helfrich actually did pretty well in Eugene last season. After reading the opinions of him on here, this surprised me. Anyone else shocked by these results?
Ah, found a story from after the Oregon-Boise State debacle that encapsulates the negative attitude toward Helfrich perfectly. I wasn't imagining things.
BTW, if this has already been discussed before, ignore this post. I was just researching something else today, ran across his name, and had one of those "I remember that name from somewhere" lightbulb moments.