The Amazing Nick Aliotti Oregon Hybrid 3-4 Defense

“We’re running a new defense? How come I haven’t heard of this before?”
I could scarcely believe my ears as I spoke to Casey Matthew’s father, Clay Matthews Sr. on the sidelines during the 2010 Spring Drills.

I followed all the newspapers and multiple Oregon football websites and this was the first I had learned of it! Many of you now recall how I did extensive homework after that conversation and created the first official announcement and explanation of Oregon’s new (at that time) 3-4 Defense in the summer of 2010. We have those original articles that I wrote and posted on multiple Oregon websites about a year before began. They are in the new Defensive Tutorial section of the Directory on

“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...

6 Responses

  1. Phlduck says:

    A couple things Fish:
     Offenses use formations, defenses use fronts or alignments. So, instead of “The Ducks are in a 3-4 formation” one would say,” The Ducks employ a 3-4 front/alignment”. You could also get into the techniques that a DL plays, that could add to your analysis as well. The techniques go as follows. Head up on the C is a 0, to the weak side of the C is a minus, and the string side of the C is a Plus. Inside of the OG is a 1, head up is 2, outside of OG is 3. This next one is tricky: inside of an OT is a 4I(inside), head up on OT is a 4 and outside of a OT is a 5.If there is a TE, inside a TE is 7, head up is 8, outside is a 9. Generally, the Technique a D lineman plays will tell him what gap he has. If a DT is in a 1 tech, than he most likely has the A gap. If a D lineman is 2 gapping, then he is generally Head Up(2,4,8) so he can go either way. Usually, whoever  is in a 5 or 9 tech will be your contain guy, meaning he can’t allow anyone to get outside of him. Watching that 1st RB, the thing that killed Oregon on 3rd downs was allowing Pryor to escape containment for huge 1st downs( Its often easier said than done). Also, for LB techniques, they go by 10’s, 20’s 30’s etc. So if a Will backer is lined up inside of the OG, he would be in a 30
     Also wanted to let you know that I accepted a job in Park City, Utah. I will be coaching with a former Duck, Kai Smalley, who’s the HC out there. It’s a big move and I’m nervous, but its a great opportunity to work in one of the top public schools in the country. If you have any questions about the Technique stuff, you know my number

  2. oregon111 says:

    would like to see a breakdown of 2010 defense vs 2012 defense – by player strengths

  3. Zendofootball says:

    What’s nice about Allioti’s D is how he mixes fronts with a variety of blitzes.  Often the heat comes from seemingly random positions, confusing the quarterback into a misread in coverage, unexpected pressure, or even a sack. Excited to see this years D-line

  4. CAPT_Mike2 says:

    Thanks Charles!
    As the proverbial ‘casual fan’ and a visiting Dawg I greatly appreciate these tutorials; really helps me better understand the game.  It’s also nice to see Aliotti get some public credit.  Everyone breathing knows Chip Kelly is an ‘evil’ genius on offense, but the Ducks didn’t win *all* these games by just running up huge scores, they’ve also held or slowed down some very good offenses.

    though I’ll admit I’ll enjoy the UW/OU games more when we become more competitive.

  5. Amazingly played by Aliotti from the booth! Credit where credit is due for sure!

  6. Mike Green says:

    time to end this horrible scheme – 3rd qb for div 2 team ripped the duck d to shreds

    and this is a D that is full of 4 star talent

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