"We don't want to get good at this," he said. "But we want to practice every day like we lost the last game."
The loss to the Arizona Wildcats put the Ducks out of conference championship and Rose Bowl contention, making it the first year since 2008 that the Ducks will not be heading to a BCS bowl. Helfrich attributed some of Saturday's struggles to the complacency that comes with continued success.
"Sometimes it's hardest when you've had great success to get guys to realize that you need to have that sense of urgency everyday," he said Monday. "We're a program where if you get beat, they rush the field. We're going to get that shot every single game. Because there's an 'O' on the helmet doesn't mean they're going to give you 60 points on the scoreboard."
Helfrich says he felt his team displayed "great energy" Tuesday, a sign in his mind that the team would respond well to its second loss of the year.
One up, One down
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said he passed all concussion tests, and will be ready to play Friday. Unfortunately things are not as good for starting running back Byron Marshall, who was seen on crutches and in a boot following Monday's practice.
"I'm good. I just got my bell rung a little bit. I went after the guy. I was more mad that I threw the interception than anything," Mariota said.
Marshall injured his ankle in the second quarter of the last game.
Both Mariota and playmaker De'Anthony Thomas were asked about the possibility of Friday being their last game at Autzen Stadium. Both have remaining eligibility available, but can decide to forego it to enter this spring's NFL draft.
Each were tight lipped in their responses, electing to deflect the questions.
"I'm being truthfully honest, I'm not sure," Mariota said. "After the bowl season I'll head home and kind of talk this through with my family and see what's the best fit."
"We'll see. I'm not really worried about it, just trying to focus on this game and finish the year strong," Thomas said.
No Roses Anyways
Thomas and wide receiver Josh Huff made national headlines last week when they appeared unenthused by the possibility of playing in the Rose Bowl. Well, the Ducks won't be going to Pasadena anyways, as the loss eliminated them from consideration, so what did the pair have to say Monday?
Thomas wasn't at all fazed by the recognition.
"People they're just trying to find ways to mess with our minds, but we've got to block it out and keeping playing like the men of Oregon," Thomas said.
While Huff offered clarification.
"The Rose Bowl is a big deal. What I was saying last week was that we had high expectations. Anytime you don't reach that, anything that falls short of that, it becomes a consolation prize. The Rose Bowl is a great deal, I wasn't dissing that, I was just saying I wanted more."