Fans expect perfection and instant results. Fans want the ego boost of rooting for a winner, and often don't understand how hard the game is or the sacrifices players and coaches make. It's easy to rip someone behind an anonymous internet handle. It's important to remember how Frost has stood up to the criticism and defended his players, and the tremendous way he's represented the university and himself. Imagine an unmarried college football coach who took in a 16-year old foster child and gave him a home. Think about a coach who becomes a second father to players like Mariota and Huff. That's Scott Frost. Whatever he hasn't learned about running the offense, he'll figure out.
■ Andrew Greif tries to figure out what the departure of Terrance Mitchell means for the Ducks and their fans.
■ Steve Summers and the rest of the staff at eDuck reflect on the 2013 season and Steve looks ahead to the 2014 season.
My questions about the Ducks and soon-to-be-second-year-coach Mark Helfrich are much different now after the Alamo Bowl win than had the Oregon lost to Texas. The Ducks appear to be finishing strongly in recruiting and picking a top-notch defensive coordinator would be very positive strokes headed into the spring. I wouldn't mind at all if the selection were say someone like John Neal, but if the Ducks do go another direction, let’s hope that the decision will be based on quality and not because of some sort of financial restraint. Oregon has the talent, the facilities so hopefully a strong pick for defensive coordinator will make it possible for a run at the conference championship and ultimately landing in the four-team playoff for the national championship.