Mariota: Plans for Bye Week
EUGENE – When the best time is for a team to have it’s off week is a very subjective question.
Early season. Mid-season. Late season.
For No. 2 Oregon (3-0) the “perfect” time is right now since that’s when it’s occurring, said coach Mark Helfrich.
The spin from the coach: It’s between the end of non-conference play and the start of Pac-12 play. Plus, it’s landing just over a week before school starts.
That works. And so did Oregon after taking Monday off. Work, with a bit of play. With some coaches off recruiting, Helfrich said players got to call offense and defense on Tuesday.
“We got some good work in,” he said. “Just trying to stay in condition, be on rhythm and still get better. Get better for ‘those top-tier guys’ and develop our depth a lot.”
Oregon will practice again Wednesday and Thursday. The Ducks return to game action at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28 against California at Autzen Stadium.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota was asked if he enjoyed having a bye week or if he would rather keep playing.
He said bye weeks are nice but at the same time he’d like to play. But, since he can’t, he believes the team will take advantage of the opportunity to relax before school begins Sept. 30.
“I think guys understand that we have to take this bye week and use it to the best of our abilities,” Mariota said.
Mariota made a few wise cracks about the Oregon rain making an appearance Tuesday.
No worries for him, who plans to return home to sunny Hawaii and become a football spectator for the weekend, watching his little brother play and watching college games on Saturday.
“It’s going to be nice…,” he said. “I’ll be headed home so I’ll sit down and relax with the family and catch some games.”