The FishDuck Minute #11: Oregon has a Trap Play!

Oregon has shown a number of Inside Zone and Power Plays in the past and I always kept an eye out for a classic Trap Play.  I never noted one until going through games of 2011—and there it is!  The Chip Kelly Spread Offense has a Trap Play in its Offensive arsenal, and it’s fun to see how it is a different play from the Power Play.

Note how we pull a guard, (Asper) against Cal (Above) who then goes down the Line of Scrimmage to turn up field and blast a linebacker and create a hole for Barner.

Of course the entire line (Above) made key blocks, but the pulling guard on the LB makes the critical one.   Seeing the lane created by the sealing blocks of Paulson, (#42) and Lyerla, are a wonder to behold.

Against Arizona State we see Hamani Stevens pulling to block the Outside Linebacker of the Sun Devils.

Our offensive guard, Stevens, is meeting the linebacker at the corner and blasts him to create the outside lane for Barner to get good yardage.

Barner has broke into the secondary from Hamani’s big block and this serves to wear down a defense through the game.  In both cases we are blocking ALL the defensive linemen and using the pulling guard to nail the LB on the outside.  So these are POWER PLAYS.

Against Arizona State we have the guard pull and block a down defensive lineman—which is something we don’t do with the Power Play.  We are leaving the DE unblocked and instead of Zone Reading him—we are trapping him!

Weems (#74) will move inside and shove their star MLB out of the way to create a running lane for Barner.

The execution is wonderful as York traps the DE, Weems pushes the ASU MLB from the lane, and Barner runs right up the middle of the defense for a Touchdown!

I’ve had coaches tell me that, “it’s not a Trap.  It’s a variation of the Power.”  Well Coach Chip Kelly actually stated publicly on this play that, “yeah it’s a long Trap Play with the tackle release down on the MLB, pull the backside guard and trap the DE.”

So there we have it; Oregon does have a seldom-used Trap Play! I see it as a nice changeup to mess up defensive linemen that much further.  First they have to follow their defensive assignment of there are not being blocked, but Zone Read.  Then if they “sit” they get blasted?  They have to be looking everywhere, and that creates more hesitation, which helps the Oregon Offense that much more!   It will be interesting to watch for when he pulls it out of the playbook again.

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 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...

16 Responses

  1. DuckStud says:

    Somebody got a new green screen…nice work guys…


  2. FishDuck says:

    Hey Stud,  It’s actually a Blue Screen so I can wear a green shirt…but it’s more than that.  The whole room of equipment and software has been upgraded so I can do more over time with the videos.

    Right now the key area was to improve the intros and conclusions since we had reverb and lighting issues, but not now.  Now to pay for it all…..

    Thanks Mike.

  3. EZducksIt says:


    SO MUCH INFO, in so little time!  SIGH, you are just becoming too efFISHceint!  Another Great short, kind of like the Chip Kelly offense.  I believe that This Year, we shall see a change in the Offense with ALL the receiving talent we have and two QB’s that pass and run.  Could be a very interesting year.  And I think NA does the team proud by getting some serious defense going.  Great time to be a DUCK!

  4. BiggMattDogg says:

    This play is so successful for the us because we once again throw a wrinkle at the DE.  Often the DE is the “read” in the zone read play.  Here he is the focal point of the blocking scheme.  That DE has been practicing all week for his responsibility on the zone read (collapse down, protect the edge, rush the mesh point, etc.) now he “sees” zone read, but this wrinkle has a pulling lineman coming to blast him!  Love it Chip!!!  The more concept and ideas you have running through that DE’s mind the slower he plays (thinking, not just reacting) and a slow D is in trouble against our beloved ducks!  Great vid. Thanks Fish.  

  5. FishDuck says:

    Thanks guys, and BiggMatt–I agree that this would mess with the DEs head with too many things to account for.  EZ, I LOVE that word, efFISHcient and I’m going to use it if you don’t mind!

    This was  a short video and I hope to provide many of them, but I have some FUN subjects coming up that simply can’t be done a short manner, thus I’ll either break them up or I’ll post them as a longer version.  Some of the analysis ones coming up…I really want to delve into for my own knowledge as well as the fans. 

    Thus I will not be hard and fast about making them short videos like I once asserted.

    Thanks for the comments!

  6. duck42 says:

    This play, the one from the ASU 5 yd line where Barner scores, is a thing of beauty. I love the block by Grasu, the center.  He doesn’t need to be 320 lbs because he’s not trying to bulldoze the d-lineman backwards.  He need only to occupy his man long enough for Barner to fly past the line of scrimmage. He displays beautiful technique to turn the defender out of the play.    And I love the trapping!  Awesome stuff, as usual. FishDuck.

  7. FishDuck says:

    duck42….it is great fun and gratifying to find that others love a little Xs and Os and see the beauty in a well-run, well-blocked play. 

    It’s easy to get bogged down with details in analyzing a play, but I believe we can look at it without going too deep and yet develop a great appreciation for what our players and coaches do.

    Thanks for your comments!

  8. Shakingmyheadatyou says:

    You realize you are one of the reasons why the practices are closed right?

  9. fishduck says:

    If you are serious…then a bunch of us are shaking our head at you.

  10. Gageac says:

    Shakingmyheadatyou obviously has not bothered to take advantage of clearly posted information on this site. I hope he will now take the time to read: is no way Fish would give away information on the Ducks that is not already out there for all to see — if they spend the time passionate fans and D1 coaches do. There have been many instances where Fish has completely voluntarily held back just such material.

  11. Gageac says:

    Don’t know why the link below did not copy. It was supposed to link to the Homepage article dealing with this topic. If you look to the right of “Announcements” , you will see “PLAYBOOK -START HERE-“. Immediately beneath that is the pertinent article, “FishDuck, why are you giving away Oregon’s Secrets?”.
    What else did not show up in my post below is the full passage:
    There is no way Fish would give away information on the Ducks that is not already out there for all to see — if they spend the time passionate fans and D1 coaches do. There have been many instances where Fish has completely voluntarily held back just such material.

  12. Kurt Liedtke says:

    If I had my way, this would have been called “It’s a Trap!” with Admiral Ackbar randomly popping up on screen during the course of the video…but that’s just me.
    Excited about the possibilities of our updated equipment as far as bringing a higher quality product to fans.
    Thanks everybody for watching and participating in!

  13. Alwayswinning says:

    I just don’t agree with this evaluation of the play. I’m not saying Oregon doesn’t have a trap, but this video, in my opinion, doesn’t show one. This is simply same side power. The ducks aren’t trapping anyone. If the DE squeezes, the pulling guard is going to be unable to get to his PSLB responsibility. Therefor, his responsibility changes on the fly and he must crack the squeezing DE in the jaw.

    Just how I see it.

    • Kurt Liedtke says:

      The voice in the background when Charles says “well listen to this…” is that of Chip Kelly, Oregon head coach, describing the play being shown on screen while calling it a trap.
      Chip Kelly calls it a trap, I trust Chip on this.
      But we certainly appreciate your input, and thank you for visiting

      • Alwayswinning says:

         Oh, I heard it, but name one coach that wouldn’t make it appear as though their offense entails more than it truly does? If the defense has to think, they can’t react. This play is just same side power and because of the DE’s alignment he is kicked by the pulling G.

        At 0:28 the “DE” is outside the h-back. He base blocks the DE. The tackle down blocks and releases to backer. All are accounted for and the pulling guard can get up to backer. Same side power.

        At 0:44 the “DE” is inside the Tackle. The tackle still down blocks and then releases to backer. All are accounted for and the pulling guard can get up to backer. Same side power.

        At 1:00 the “DE” is inside the h-back but outside the tackle. The h-back runs off the OLB with a flat route (he can’t base block the DE because the DE is inside him). The tackle STILL down blocks and releases to backer. All are NOT accounted for, so as the pulling guard heads toward the LB he encounters odd color and has to block it up. Still Same side power.

        The play has not changed. Same side power. The defensive alignment has changed which in turn changes who is blocked by which offensive player.

        I haven’t even mentioned the fact that at 1:00 the guard is executing the skip-pull technique. A technique used to stay square to the LOS so that you can vertically attack a LB. If it were a trap he would be pulling straight down the line with the sole intention of kicking out the DE like seen in counter trey blocking schemes.

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