When a coach hires a big-time offensive coordinator, he is not supposed to worry about who gets the credit because the head coach always benefits from winning.
That was apparent when Pete Carroll co-existed with Norm Chow until Carroll eventually got tired of Chow getting credit and wanted to prove he could do it on his own. Big mistake. But Carroll got tons of credit when Chow was there and reaped the benefits with two national titles.
The Clay Helton-Kliff Kingsbury partnership feels different. Helton might save his job if Kingsbury’s offense is successful. But who will give any credit to Helton?
He is viewed as such a bumbler and incompetent that if the offense averages 50 points a game, everyone will simply credit Kingsbury. No one is really in the mood to credit Helton.