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Helfrich: 'We encourage mistakes'

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07:22 AM ET 08.07 | In the eyes of Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich, this is the time of year for making mistakes. In that regard, Tuesday's second fall practice was a dream for Helfrich: Mistakes galore, according to the coach, who closes practices. "We made a ton of mistakes. A ton of new mistakes, good mistakes," Helfrich said. "We talk about make 1,000 mistakes and make 1,000 different ones. We encourage mistakes, then we encourage different ones and more." The idea is that mistakes lead to teaching, and education. Taken one step further, it's better to get those mistakes out of the way now before the action really counts in games. ... Helfrich said some of Tuesday's mistakes were dropped balls, some were missed assignments. But he didn't fault the team's effort, which he said was "outstanding."

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Mark Helfrich, US Presswire Mark Helfrich, US Presswire
August 7, 2013  08:23 AM ET

To an extent, I agree with him as long as the timing of said mistakes makes sense. Caution often turns into inaction.

Had a coach say once that "he would rather have to pull the bit all the way through the back of a racehorse's mouth that have to constantly beat a jackass to get him to run"!

On the other hand, Tin Cup went for it all the way to 12 on the last hole.

August 7, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Just don't practice making mistakes.

August 7, 2013  10:05 AM ET

At the pace they play at, their players can not fear to make mistakes or question.

August 7, 2013  10:21 AM ET

"We Encourage Mistakes." Just so long as they are not of the NCAA violation variety.

August 7, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"We Encourage Mistakes." Just so long as they are not of the NCAA violation variety.

Shoot they write University checks for those.

August 7, 2013  11:50 AM ET

Coach Kelly would have never tolerated mistakes.

August 7, 2013  12:10 PM ET
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Coach Kelly would have never tolerated mistakes.

Indeed. Helfrich's thinking is pretty much pretzel logic because you want kids not to make mistakes. You don't want to encourage them to make mistakes not only for obvious reasons, but also because that waters down the seriousness of error. Such teaching and education doesn't necessarily lead to error-free football by any means. Way too convoluted.

August 7, 2013  12:33 PM ET

There's mistakes like making the wrong read in practice and then there's mistakes like calling timeout in the NCAA basketball championship game when you don't have any timeouts, like the guy from Michigan did against North Carolina.

August 7, 2013  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

There's mistakes like making the wrong read in practice and then there's mistakes like calling timeout in the NCAA basketball championship game when you don't have any timeouts, like the guy from Michigan did against North Carolina.

Yeah, I guess brain farts count as mistakes.

August 7, 2013  10:28 PM ET

How sucky is Oregon gonna be this season?

 
August 8, 2013  05:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

How sucky is Oregon gonna be this season?

10-2

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