The FishDuck Minute #2: Oregon’s New “Dart” Play

Here is the beginning of “The FishDuck Minute” where I will take a play or concept and break it down in a short and concise way to make it easy for Oregon fans to learn, “a bite at a time” like I do! We’ll have them released on Tuesday each week, so let others know about “Video-Time Tuesday” at

This week we learn about a new variation off of the fundamental play of the Oregon offense, the Inside Zone Read. 

“Oh how we love to learn about our beloved Ducks!”

Charles Fischer  (FishDuck)
Oregon Football Analyst for
Eugene, Oregon

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Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

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  1. James says:

    Can’t get these to play on my iPhone anymore :(

  2. Coachhuebner says:

    This play is still power with the TE basing the DE or OLB

    • Coachhuebner says:

      Later on the run the dart out of 2×2
      Then a simple scheme check versus 3 tech backside with BST and BSG switching assignments on next clip

  3. Anonymous says:

    James…it will get better in a month as we are working on a new template to handle the traffic better and will work on mobile devises.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Coach Huebner,

    We’ll be offering an ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE course for coaches on the second Wednesday of every month.  Seriously though, we really love having all the coaches checking in as they do.  We have hundreds coming to this site every week and had four coaches sign up for our Newsletter on one day alone recently.

    We will have a new major feature designed for coaches in about a month, and no other site as ever had what we’ll offer to encourage coaches to participate.

    You make a good case about the Rose Bowl play being a Power Play, as I now recall how we did pull an OL to block the Mike in our Civil War game a year ago.  It is precisely that kind of feedback I need so we all learn more as a result.

    Please e-mail me at and we can trade further notes.
    Thanks again,


    • Kev says:

      I’d argue that the Rose Bowl play was a power play. The play side tackle on the Dart will pull completely around the end and open up the hole off-tackle. However on that play, the RT pulled up in the right A gap and was the lead blocker for the run, which is usual for UO’s power inside run play that we ran on the goal line earlier that game I believe. We called it a “GAT” technique in our old program, but I don’t know if this is true terminology. The intended hole can be seen at 1:26 or 1:27 of the video, but LMJ made the cutback read before the hole really opened up (assisted by the fact that the back side LB hesitated, if he hadn’t and LMJ hit the hole, it’s gone). However, since LMJ hesitated to hit the hole himself, he just took it outside to get some yardage. He broke the tackle, and it was a great run.

  5. Ellard says:

    It just appears to be an Offset QB Wrap. The blocking scheme mimics the play known as QB Wrap.

  6. Kev says:

    Ellard, the blocking scheme is similar to the QB wrap, but usually during those wrap, the QB knows to keep the ball because it is meant to imitate a IZR with everything, but the DE (that would be staying in place and looking at the QB to force the hand-off to the TB, which most teams do against UO) will get kicked out.

    Instead, on these “Dart” plays, the lineman is pulled and the vacated DE remains unblocked and he is still read. It is an intersting change up to the traditional zone blocking scheme that UO employs on both the OZR and IZR.

    The reason why I’ve always liked this play (I’ve put it into a few playbooks in the past) is that as a DLineman, you are taught to follow the pulling guard/tackle because that will “bring you to the play” as my old coach used to say. Also, since a lot of LBs use pulling lineman to cheat and lead them to the play, this will cause HUGE running lanes for the QB if it works out correctly.

  7. gamedaytribe says:

    Hey Charles,

    Thanks to you and all those who helped you put these together, I really appreciate them! I’m not very knowledgeable about in depth football strategy, so I’m having a fun time learning this stuff to the extent I can. I just have one request, if it’s even possible — could you show some of the video in slow mo? Sometimes it goes by too fast for my tired ol’ eyes…

    • Kurt Liedtke says:

      There is a slo-mo option on all of our videos in the bottom left of the video window, if things are going too fast simply click that.  There are also 7-second replay and zoom options at the bottom as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello gamedaytribe,

      It took me awhile to figure how to do my usual “Fish Report” videos, and now I have a learning curve with the new “FishDuck Minute” as well.  As I look back on that first attempt–I think I should have broken the basic play and the “naked” versions into TWO FDMs, thus I could have taken longer and shown the plays in slow motion. 

      I agree with you.  I need to show the play in slow motion with the diagrams for all of us to see, and then run it in regular speed.  In slow motion we can see the pulling, blocking, and cutting better.

      Good feedback, and I appreciate it to improve!



  8. Paul Land says:

    Hi Charles.

    Love the new format. Keep it up for us ADHD sufferers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey Benz,

      As noted below…I have a ways to go in perfecting this new format.  It is especially hard on someone (like me) who has been ponderously verbose in scrimmage reports, and now videos.  But as I told you before….we are excited about this format because the vast majority do NOT want to watch a seven minute video, thus we believe that once the word gets out…we could triple our audience with the more compact videos.

      More people learning and enjoying the games more is the mission… if I have to change, then I am.

      During the season next year-I will have the longer Fish Reports and a couple of FDMs during the week. 



  9. Nina Julie says:

    We have hundreds coming to this site every week and had four
    coaches sign up for our Newsletter on one day alone recently.

  10. Mmacdo12 says:

    I am an offensive line coach in Canada and I love he blocking schemes used at UO, particularly since it relies on athletic lineman.  Is it possible to correspond with some one there to get a copy of these blocking schemes, especially this Dart play.

    Coach MacDonald

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hello Coach,

    E-mail me at and I’ll tell you about our plans….


  12. mrvp says:


    Great information as ever. Kind of arrived here by accident (being in the UK I only “discovered” College Football – and the Triple Option – this year by accident due to the possibility of the lockout). I have a copy of part of the WVU playbook from 2002 – I think this is play 22/23 (listed as Dart) run out of a 4 wide or 3 wide set. The only difference in the WVU play is the RB is playside, instead of to the backside (and looks like he is supposed to counter step before the mesh).

  13. Zoet23 says:

    I love Fishducks’ videos, but wish he would tell the color of the arrow I should watch as he describes the plays. (Us old gals, who’ve never played football, need a bit more help.)

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