Ranking The Pac 12 Offensive Coordinators

With 6 new offensive coordinators in 2011 and 2 others in the their second year with their current school, the offensive coordinators in the Pac 12 don't seem very intimidating on paper. But with veterans like Norm Chow, Noel Mazzone, and Danny Langsdorf, and rising stars in Mark Helfrich and Seth Littrell, Pac 12 offenses will continue to put up huge numbers in 2011. How do the coordinators rank?

If this was put together on achievements alone, Norm Chow would be number 1 by a landslide with Noel Mazzone number 2. These rankings are based on recent productivity over the past few years, current coaching ability, experience, scheme, recruiting ability, and 2011 projections.

1.Mark Helfrich- Oregon
Although Chip Kelly is what makes the Oregon offense really go, the Ducks didn't find the kind of success they're having now until Helfrich arrived in 2009. With their break-neck speed, hurry up offense, Oregon was unstoppable in 2010, putting up video game-esque numbers. The inventive play signaling from the sidelines with giant poster-boards may usher in a new era in college football. Despite his youth, Helfrich is one of the best.

2.Danny Langsdorf- Oregon State
Langsdorf has been in Corvallis since 2005 and has helped turn the Beavers into one of the biggest over-achieving teams on a year in and year out basis. His ability to take under the radar recruits like James and Jacquiz Rodgers, Sean Canfield, and Mike Hass, and turn them into All Conference players has been stellar.

3.Seth Littrell- Arizona
Arizona has had their two best offensive years in quite some time since Littrell was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2009. Having Nick Foles under center helps, but he's a rising star in college football and it shouldn't be long before he moves up the ladder.

4.Norm Chow- Utah
Chow is arguably the greatest offensive coordinator in the history of college football. He's coached three Heisman Trophy winners at quarterback and run some of the most successful and productive offenses in history. Since leaving USC after the 2004 season, Chow has had trouble getting things going with the Tennessee Titans and the UCLA Bruins, with some thinking the game has passed him by. While his resume speaks for itself, the evolution of the college game over the years has found Chow playing catch up. A fresh start at his alma mater should do him good though where he has total control of the offense.

5.Noel Mazzone- Arizona State
Mazzone has been around for awhile and has quite a bit of success, mostly at NC State where he coached Philip Rivers. With other stints at Auburn, Ole Miss, Oregon State, and with the New York Jets, his blend of college and pro experience is a great recruiting tool. ASU's offense improved by leaps in bounds in 2010, Mazzone's first in Tempe.

6.Kennedy Pola- USC
USC had their most pedestrian offense overall in years in 2010, Pola's first as an offensive coordinator. He has NFL ties and understands the game well, but where he is most effective is as a recruiter. Lane Kiffin has a big say in what USC does offensively.

7.Mike Johnson- UCLA
Johnson takes over at UCLA after spending the 2010 season with the 49ers as their offensive coordinator. He's spent most of his career as a QB and WR coach with 2010 being his first running an offense so the jury is still out, despite a poor season in San Francisco.

8.Pep Hamilton- Stanford
Hamilton has never been an OC at the Division 1 level or higher, but does inherit an offense that is bringing back Andrew Luck. That should help the first year coordinator's transition from WR coach be a smooth one.

9.Doug Nussmeier- Washington
Nussmeier was hired as QB coach, but had offensive coordinator duties added in the offseason. He'll have a great mind in Steve Sarkisian to learn from, but is mostly an unknown at this point. Sark will have a huge hand in what Washington does on offense.

10.Todd Sturdy- Washington State
Despite the fact that the Cougars have been downright awful the past few years, Sturdy is one of the longest tenured offensive coordinators in the conference. QB Jeff Tuel is one of the rising stars in the Pac 12 and Sturdy is responsible for much of his progression. If the Cougars don't get to at least five wins this year though, very likely that Sturdy, along with the rest of the staff, will be looking for new jobs.

11.Jim Michalczik- Cal
Michalzik returns to Cal where he was the offensive line coach from 2002-2008. A brief stint with the Oakland Raiders landed him his first O coordinator job with the Golden Bears.

12.Eric Bienemy- Colorado
Bienemy is in his first year as an offensive coordinator on new head coach Jon Embree's staff. Bienemy has served as a running backs coach at Colorado, UCLA, and with the Minnesota Vikings, helping turn Adrian Peterson into an All Pro. Until we see how he handles an offense, it's hard to make a judgment on Bienemy.

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