Is THAT What You Stand For Justin Wilcox?

We have learned a lot of the Xs and Os in the past year about the Chip Kelly Offense, but something that is essential about a team is it’s philosophies and it’s internal moral code.  Chip explained in a Coaching Clinic presentation that we have in the Directory under Offensive Tutorials: ”When I took over at the University of Oregon, the first thing we had to find out was, ‘what do we stand for?’  If you are going to stand for something, it is not what you say it is.  It is what people see in your actions.” 

Coach Justin Wilcox of Washington is someone that, while I was dismayed he was with the Huskies, wished well for him as an Oregon Alumni and as a former player for the Ducks.  Imagine my surprise when I saw DeAnthony Thomas pop up from the pile after being tackled, and watching a Washington defender drive his palm up into DAT’s face mask in a quick blow.  Thomas shook his head, looked at the Husky, and then went back to the Huddle.  I was stunned to see nothing happening with this player from the Washington sidelines.

Later (above), we see a deliberate helmet blast to the head of our receiver that, while it brought a penalty, did not warrant a reaction from the Washington Defensive Coordinator.

This Washington defender (above) didn’t just want to make the tackle and push him out of bounds; he wanted to PULL him and spin him into the other players on the sideline.  While it drew another penalty—what if an Oregon player on the sidelines suffered a knee injury from the rapid whip of bodies while simply observing the play?

The play that concerned all Oregon fans is when the Washington linebacker (above) pushed our star QB Marcus Mariota out of bounds, and then hung onto to him and continued to pull him beyond the sideline boundary!

He had not let go of Marcus (above) and is still pulling and twisting him!

How many yards into the player area are they and he STILL has not let go of our Quarterback?

This screenshot (above) makes me angry.  The Washington defender pulled him all the way back until Mariota’s helmet crashed against the bench; what if the collision had hit Marcus’s head or neck the wrong way?  He could have suffered a serious injury!  Yet this Husky trotted back on the field…nothing said to him, and he was not pulled from the game.  Standard Operating Procedure for a Wilcox defense??

When one of our defensive linemen had a late hit on the Washington QB—I watched and winced as Coach Azz tore into the young man, and made sure that even I, up forty rows, knew that a play like that was not tolerated at University of Oregon.

I should not have been so naïve.  Friends had shown me the play above from when Justin coached at Boise State, and you can clearly see that our QB had just released the ball and the BSU defender was coming at him like a bullet.

This is a moment after impact from a direct helmet-to-helmet collision of which Masoli was laid out on the field.  It achieved its purpose in taking our QB out of the game with a concussion.

This screenshot above is from the same game where another Boise State player tried to literally take the head off of our star Tight End Ed Dickson, as the ball is being thrown away.  When you look at examples like this from two different Wilcox defenses—you cannot escape the obvious conclusion.  He has no compunction coaching his players to be headhunters, and while some may say he is part of Oregon football royalty?  Baloney.  When he’s teaching these tactics he is just another DAMN HUSKY.

You can never beat the Huskies enough times or by enough points, but I would never condone tactics that could injure any opponent players, because that is where I and evidently the University of Oregon draws the line.  It is what we stand for.

Headhunting on the field and out of bounds; is THAT what you stand for Justin Wilcox?

Charles Fischer  (FishDuck)



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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...

  • Duckn8r

    I really enjoy your insight and analysis of Duck football, but I’m not sure I can agree with you here. In my opinion, Wilcox does his best to get the most out of average players by attempting to teach them to tread the fine line between being aggressive and being dangerous. Every game I’ve ever seen has had late hits and plays that have made me ask myself, “why would that defender hit the offensive player in the helmet or so far out of bounds?” I have no love for the Huskies, in fact they are my least favorite team in football, but I think Wilcox is trying to instill a tough, aggressive attitude in a defense that was, let’s face it, a laughingstock the past few years. If we condemn the coach, for the action of a few players then our incredible Chip would never have survived Blountgate at Boise State a few seasons ago.

    • fishduck

      The difference is that there has not been a reoccurring pattern of Blountgate, and Oregon has come out multiple times condemning the action. We don’t stand for that, and we’ve made it clear that we will punish players who engage in it.

      Huskies do it and you hear crickets from their coaches. I do not want a player on any team hurt by a Husky cheap shot.

    • DuckNelson

      I agree with Fishduck. To date there is a single instance of unsportsmanlike conduct by the Ducks, and it was years ago. Blount paid dearly for it. It isn’t a coincidence that the Ducks have been on the short end of many cheap shots by defenses coached by Wilcox. Oregon has a “tough aggressive attitude” on defense too. The Ducks to date don’t have a list of late hits and cheap shots to their name like the Huskies do.

    • SeanG

      Building off this, and particularly DuckNelson’s comments: In one of the early games (Fresno maybe?), the Ducks D was hit by many penalties, 3-4 of which were late hits, out of bounds hits, etc. I noticed that during the UW game, our defensive players were VERY careful to take their hands off Washington players as soon as they crossed the boundary. This is a marked difference to what I saw from our guys earlier in the year. Tough, aggressive attitude on defense is not only important, it’s indispensable if you want to win. However, you’ve got to be tough and aggressive ONLY – everybody now – “between the whistles, and between the sidelines.” Ducks do this, and it saves them penalty yards. Huskies don’t, and it costs them more than just penalty yards: it costs them respect.

    • You obviously weren’t watching the same Game!

  • Dave Seidlitz

    At least we had “FlagHappyStrickers” reffing the game.

  • DuckThis

    Justin Wilcox has a very long history of allowing the defense to take chip shots on the opposing teams. If you search Youtube you will find a good number of videos of players from Boise State, Tennessee, and now Washington taking cheap shots.
    Have you seen another punch thrown? Chip knows what he and Oregon stands for! Mr. Fisher you are 100% correct.

  • DuckRogers

    Finally…. someone is talking about this. All through the game I kept saying that the Husky players are playing “dirty”. So many cheap shots, late shots, punches thrown at down players… was deplorable. For a moment I thought that the ghost of Vontaze Burfict was back on the field. Playing hard and playing to win is far different from being talentless hacks trying to injure another player. Here’s to another 9 years of spanking the Huskies and keeping them in the dog house. Woof.

  • ACE DuCk

    Thanks Charles.

    Very interesting to see the examples you set out.

    I was struck by the frequency of late hits by Husky players in the game last Saturday. No doubt, someone was instructing them to “take out” the opposing players. Was it Wilcox? We can only speculate.

    Regardless, Husky players should be ashamed of the way they played. That type of conduct has no place in sport. I would have liked to see an ejection on that Mariota-to-the-benches hit.

  • Dawgs4ever

    Wow. You need to get the sand out of your hoo hah. It’s football, you wuss. Although, to be fair, it’s pretty obvious you never played the game.

    • JIDuck97

      Oh look a troll. Obviously you have never watched any of Charles breakdown videos or seen his analysis before. I don’t know how you came to find this site or why the interest in Oregon football other than because you loathe the 9-0 stat, but don’t come back. You have no insight and clearly know nothing about the rules of the game. Charles knows his stuff well. If Justin knew what he was doing Oregon wouldn’t have put up near as many points as they did on UW.

    • Oregon Dreamer

      Wow, talk about supporting this story! Your comments are ignorant and fall right in line with the tactics spelled out in this story.

    • fishduck

      Dawgs4ever…I left your post and did not delete it because I want others to see that it is fans like you that diminish this great sport of college football. What ever happened to HARD HITS inside the lines? We love that, and many of us are honorable men who wish to compete as sportsmen. I know there are Huskies who feel the same–I just haven’t met many of them.

      Thanks for commenting and good luck on your season.

      • John S.

        The fact that you see yourself as granting reprieve for Dawgs4ever and that you are benevolently leaving his post is disturbing. You shouldn’t micromanage comments, and unless they are flagrant they should not be deleted. That being said – your article is persuasive to some degree. However I think you are overreacting a bit.

        The Huskies probably saw it as a rivalry game, 8 losses in a row, new defensive coach telling them can win, etc. They got frustrated. Frustration leads to loss of discipline and mistakes. Yes I agree Wilcox has a history. Yes I agree some of the fouls like the one on Mariota were overboard. But these are young guys and these types of fouls are not all that uncommon. Is it right to call the Huskies out? Yes! Is it right to castigate Wilcox and portray him as some sort of barbaric coach who is into headhunting? Maybe….but you went out on a limb…

        • NativeDuck

          It doesn’t matter if it is a rivalry game or not. You play by the rules. You do not coach to injure, you do not coach late hits, cheap shots or other unethical behavior – period. At the next level, players have been ejected, fined, and suspended for games – NOT by the team but by the league. No coach should tolerate this type of play. The players that are “encouraged” – either actively or by inaction, are the ones that will have more difficulty at the next level. These types of shots are looked at very seriously at the next level. Player safety is really important at all levels. Any coach teaching this should be barred for life at all levels.

    • Jfreek

      When I was playing in high school, we were taught to NEVER hit outside the line and our lines were the standard thin paint lines. Autzen’s sidelines are more like sidewalks. Those hits were inexusable.

  • oregon111

    only way to stop it is to retaliate…

    put a couple of late hits on their QB – then watch the peace-making process begin

    • marcoladuck

      great idea, then we could be just like the huskies that I hate. No thank you, I’ll just settle for the on field thrashings we have been handing them.

  • wisdomduck

    very interesting,,, i just lost respect for, wilcox, sarkisian, petersen, ten head coach too,, the head coaches and wilcox encouraged their players to play dirty and use cheap shots to knock out the opposing qb as well as any key players they could get also. You can see that Wicox coached players exhibit the same m.o. across all the teams he has been at. Did he play like that? Wonder if he played for coaches that encouarged that type behavior too? Anyway, clean hits that take out players I have no problem with, but cheap shot late hits are showing the character of a cheat to win mentality. Wilcox and petersen, et al, sarkisian, are all scum. Now I understand more fully just exactly what it was besides the taunting and gloating after the game at Boise that elicited the smackdown knockout punch from Blount – They had cheap shotted to win, then had the added temerity to try to rub blount’s and the ducks nose in it afterwards.Kudos to Lagarrette Blount for standing up to the crass cheating bullies’ and doing exactly the right thing by ‘punching the bully in the nose’!! Shame on chip kelly for suspending and ending blount’s duck season and career given the full facts of the matter.

  • Jeff Thomason

    Ridiculous. no PROOF of anything. Oh well, guess you generated hits and that’s all that really matters!

    • fishduck

      No Jeff, hits is not all that matters. Protecting the players is what mattered to me, as this was my first opinion piece ever and I wrote it because I felt very strongly about it. Since I wrote it, quite a bit of other evidence surfaced, such as Boise State players bragging in the Boise newspaper of how they took out the QB the week before playing Oregon and how they were going to do the same thing to us–and did.

      You are right in that I have no proof…no video evidence that shows in their practices that he is actively teaching them these tactics. But it is clear to the vast majority of Oregon fans that he is in approval of headhunting since it has continued in our games against his defenses. I gave six examples over two games…and there were more I could have used; how many more is needed?

      I have been surprised at the number of people taking shots at me, when I did not drag our QB out-of-bounds and spin him into the bench head-first. A wrong hit and it could have been serious for our player.

      I love big hits, and admire it when opponents do it to us, but not like that. I have been watching Oregon football since long before you played and have not seen such an obvious pattern as what I saw from Wilcox defenses. But then that is simply my opinion, and the Husky fans don’t seem to have a problem with it–and that is what really matters for Justin doesn’t it?

  • Panama City Duck

    i say we let “Abbie” take care of ’em off the field