Oregon’s Defensive Attack: The Dreaded Inside Zone Blitz

So many blitzes, and so little time before the football season!
We have had a blast learning about Oregon’s new Hybrid 3-4 defense, and the Fire Zone Blitz in the last two weeks. Now much of this may be new to you and I, but our defense has been making this transition going back to the 2009 season. They did pretty well with it back then, and it helps us ponder what new defensive tactics will be added for this year!

We’re going to have fun this week learning about our dreaded Inside Zone blitz, along with some other defensive strategies that have elevated Oregon in recent years.

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

Charles Fischer  (FishDuck)
Oregon Football Analyst for FishDuck.com
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...

10 Responses

  1. Maitaiduck says:

    Thanks Fish appreciate everything you guys bring out about our Ducks, you guys are the BEST!

  2. DefensiveDuck says:

    Great as always Charles.  I have been wishing for some love for coach Al for years. Thank you for educating some of the critics. I’m so happy that i have video to turn to that explains why are defensive line ISN’T a weakness in the phil 1 gap. For some reason people don’t understand just how nice it is to have linemen who can put a hand in the dirt and hold a gap, stunt,  drop into zone or play a traditional 2 gap about 1 in 5 plays. Not to mention many are athletic enough to pick the hand up and bounce around to hide who’s rushing/covering, play the flats…or sneak in and blitze off the corner (Cant wait for your Radar breakdown next week). Your color coded arrows do so much more to silence the Haters the stats ever could =)

    • Charles Fischer says:

       DefensiveDuck….posts like yours are what make my world go-round.  Your last sentence was a dandy!  Thank you.

  3. oregon111 says:

    good stuff, but if your D linemen get pushed back into the LBs, then it really doesn’t matter what you do

    lets hope the Ducks can keep getting those big bodies which make it all possible

    • Blah says:

      Something tells me Arik Armstead won’t be pushed back.

    • SeanG says:

      Watch Heimuli, Keliikipi, Hart, Remington, and Ebert closely this year. Good luck pushing those guys backward. Too strong, but more importantly too smart. A very well-coached group, the DL know (and play like they know) that the ONLY thing they can’t do is get blown off the ball. Watch film. As soon as that process starts, the boys “bring down” the double team or blocker: aka, wrestle them to the ground to make a pile. Try running around a 3-yard-wide pile.

  4. DuckandCover says:

    Hey, I’ve been reading you since your ATQ FishDuck Reports posts. Great stuff. Thanks. You’ve made me appreciate what the Ducks do and the sport of football on a whole new level. I have just one suggestion that’s been nagging at me for awhile. I think you should lose the “Oh how we love…” bit at the end of every video. I know you’re trying to develop it as your tagline or slogan or something, but it’s too long and just sounds clunky and forced. Use the KISS principle. Keep It Short and Simple. Just my two cents. And thanks again for all the videos and reports! Go Ducks! 

    • Charles Fischer says:

      Lose the tag-line?  No way.  You may be right about forced, clunky, and long, but it reflects the passion for learning that I have developed and so many others and come to appreciate as well.

      Nobody on any site anywhere is breaking down a college team like we’re doing, and it is due to the the WISH to gather more data and share it in an expensive, but revealing form.

      That passion to learn about the Ducks is what drives the many late hours, (like last night) watching film taking notes, and comparing to notes given to me by real coaches.

      Most are not aware that I do NOT know this stuff already or naturally from years of coaching; I am learning this information by study and consultations with coaches virtually as I am making the videos.  One week ago–I did not know what an Inside Zone Blitz was; one week before I made the Fire Zone Blitz…I did not know what it was.  I poured myself into learning to then put it on video and pass the muster of hundreds of coaches who watch.

      You only do this if “you love to learn about our beloved Ducks.”

      • DuckandCover says:

        Charles, Thanks for responding! Like I said, it was just my two cents about the tag-line. Anyway, I think the reason your videos and breakdowns are so successful is because you’re not an expert and therefore present these videos in an easy to understand way for the rest us who have never played nor studied the x’s and o’s before. Thanks so much for all the hard work and passion that all you guys have put into the site! Go Ducks!

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