The FishDuck Minute #3: Opposing Coaches Know

In this week’s FishDuck Minute-we get an interesting summary of the Oregon Defense by USC Coach Lane Kiffin, which gives us pause to reflect. Opposing coaches know the Oregon offense much better than the typical fan would believe!

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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...

  • Courtesy of my friend Ryan (who is a USC fan, but we can forgive him for that…right?):

    For those who didnt get it:

    Over – Linebackers shifted over to the strong (Tight End or Field side
    depending on your scheme) side with the OLB to that side playing on the
    line of scrimmage, making it looks like a 5-2 front. DE to the strong
    side slides inside
    Under – same shift to the weak side
    Odd – a nose tackle right over the Center

    Bear – both guards covered. he’s technically not fully accurate here as
    he should have said “Even” instead of “Bear”. A Bear front is all
    three, the center, and both guards, covered.

    The names Odd and Even come
    from the “techniques” the defensive tackles play. When you have a
    DT/Nose on the center, he is playing a 1-technique, or a 1-shade. You
    then have your other DT in a 3-technique, which is the outside shade of
    the guard. Both 1 and 3 are odd numbers, making it an “odd” front. An
    “even” front means the tackles are playing both guards head-up, or, in a
    2-technique. With 2 being an even number, it is called an “Even” front.
    This applies to a 4-3 look only as a 3-4 always has a nose tackle in a

    The Bear look, with the center AND BOTH guards
    covered was designed to stop the inside veer triple option. The outside
    veer was developed to counter the Bear look but it is still used in all
    goal line defensive formation to this day.

    about the Oregon O, though,
    the biggest difference is the blocking of the OL. What I’ve noticed is
    that regardless of a dive/keep/pitch call or option, the OL blocks that
    look as if its going outside every time. the RB is really on his own to
    find a lane. There is no dedicated hole for him to run through. This
    gives the playside OLB and the Mike no keys other than peeking in the
    backfield at the mesh point. It also puts a great strain on the backside
    OLB as it’ will be on him to prevent the cutback for a huge gain. It
    also makes him susceptible to the reverse as he really has to abandon
    outside contain to make it happen. The dive back is really the key cog
    for the offense. if he’s not making it happen on his own, the offense
    stalls. This is also why you see teams with great DTs able to slow the
    offense down. They’re just so athletic. it’s a great scheme Kelly runs
    but should he not have the right RB, it can fall apart.

  • Jeff Cellers

    @ Kurt, big thanks to your friend Ryan for breaking this down and to you for sharing the information. Learning stuff like this is why I try to come to everyday.

  • Anonymous

    Jeff–I will have all this information in defensive video tutorials this late spring/early summer–and more.