Oregon’s Most Important Offensive Play

Has Oregon’s emphasis on offense shifted for 2012, now that Mariota has been named the starter? Less running and more passing perhaps this year? Or with a new young QB-will we revert to the basics of the Oregon offense? They are interesting questions, and with the season about to start…. it makes sense to look at what might be THE most important play in the Oregon offense due to the unique talents of one player.

I’m sticking my neck out on this one…but I’ve done that for a year already as a non-professional with hundreds of coaches looking over my shoulder. I’m curious as to what YOU think is the most important play and I think you’ll enjoy the game footage I use to support my conclusion. So many candidates!

“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...

  • Dirk Richard

    IMO one of your better analogies Charles. In my humble opinion the play action pass will be our most successful play this year. The read option with two better QB’s able to run the keeper part, will only make the run game, and by extension the play action pass just more effective.

    • fishduck

      I won’t argue as the Play-Action pass was the #2 candidate in my mind for the reasons you bring up. It is very possible the the Play-action pass could have a ton MORE TDs this year due to the extreme over-reaction of the defenses.

      It will be fun! Thanks.

  • Mariota has one ‘t’…. 5 yard penalty

  • SeanG

    Really enjoyed this. The Sweep Read combines so many of the concepts that makes the offense work, and is a nightmare for defenses. I can’t imagine a middle linebacker scraping 12-15 yards horizontally only to get leveled by a fast 300-pound center – ouch. Demoralizing and effective. And if 1-2 defenders “stay at home” for the QB and pitch option, basically guaranteed 8 yards per play.

  • bohalloran

    Charles, you have a solid take and the video breakdown continues to be the best out there. If MM has the ability to make instant good decisions we will see athletes in space putting pressure all over the field. The O line may be replacing some very experienced graduated seniors yet it seems deep and athletic so the beat should continue with Kenyon, DAT, and even B. Addison racking up yards and TDs while Huff, Lowe and Hawkins provide the balance to keep secondaries out of the box and beat blitzes.

  • coachslam

    you know that sweep read is essentially the packer sweep, with the obvious exception that the ducks us a read option wrinkle to it

  • MamaDuck

    Love the kudos for Hroniss. You might want to know the pronunciation of his last name is “grahsoo” – his family is Greek and Romanian. The most important thing about Hroniss, in addition to his talent and work ethic, is that he is a super nice guy!!!

    • fishduck

      My apologies. I kept saying “Gra-Saw” and was not sure and I appreciate the info. Regardless of the name…he is a great player that I love to watch in slo-mo with the TiVo. I hope the entire offensive line knows that so many Oregon fans now appreciate their effort so much more now.

  • joe in sacto

    perhaps yer best yet, Chuck. Love it.

  • DefensiveDuck

    Thats really awesome that you picked pitch asthe ducks go to play. I Litirally just explained to my buddy earlier this week the advantage of a pulling center. When you watch him pull the most impressive part is his footwork… look at the depth he gets on his pulls, this allowes him to hit the hole with leverage.

  • Wes

    Hi Charles,
    Besides the possible confusion from calling this play an Outside Zone Read, another reason to adopt your name would be that the Sweep Read does not employ zone blocking – correct?

    • fishduck

      Some coaches would tell you that the decision as to WHO to pull and who “Pins” or seal-blocks inside is a zone blocking decision. I’m just trying to make it easy since they do look different. Thanks.

  • Twinkletoes!