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 Analysis Library 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, Justin Wilcox.
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 (above) 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 Jerry Azzinaro 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 with the BSU defender was coming at him like a bullet.
This (above) 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?
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