Ohio State’s Urban Meyer: The Ducks are “cutting edge”

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The Oregon Ducks’ Rose Bowl 59-20 romp over former national champions Florida State captured the nation’s attention. But Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, whose Buckeyes’ team will face the Ducks on Jan. 12 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T, has been watching the Ducks for a while.

Meyer has studied the football philosophies of offensive guru and former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, even working alongside Kelly in 2011 when Meyer was an analyst for ESPN. Before Kelly, Meyer’s offensive schemes at Florida and Utah were similar to that of Oregon’s current offense, but the Buckeyes coach was really impressed by the “Win the Day” culture surrounding the team.


Meyer, a two-time national championship winning coach with an astonishing career record of 128-25, is currently 16-0 in the Big Ten as the Buckeyes’ coach. Meyer has developed a strong football culture since his arrival in Colombus, winning the B1G Championship game and beating Alabama this year in the AllState Sugar Bowl semi-final game with third-string quarterback Cardale Jones.

Urban Meyer post game reaction after hearing Oregon beat Florida State by nearly 40 points.

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Urban Meyer post game reaction after hearing Oregon beat Florida State by nearly 40 points.

The Buckeyes coach has learned from Oregon, but it’s Oregon’s mental alignment, coaching prowess and work ethic that the Buckeyes coach admires the most.

“I just like their approach. When I went out there, I brought back with me that there’s an unbelievable culture. This is the way they do their business. Everyone is aligned. I brought that back to our place,” Meyer told USA Today.

Meyer’s comments and long admiration for Oregon football is genuine, a demonstration of Meyer’s honorable sportsmanship and his very real respect and understanding of what the Buckeyes are up against in the national title game.

“I think they’re cutting edge. They play fast and hard,” Meyer said.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich continues to perfect the Oregon football program.

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Oregon coach Mark Helfrich continues to perfect the Oregon football program.

Oregon fans can expect to see similar offensive schemes come Jan. 12th in Dallas. But Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich’s belief in this Oregon team, from the coaches to the players, has the Ducks looking much more determined this time around on the national stage.

”But I think from a confidence standpoint, from a preparation standpoint, from a who we are standpoint, I have a ton of confidence in every guy in this room and every guy in our program,” Helfrich told the Associated Press.

Both Meyer and Helfrich are perfectionists, combining their passionate love of football with clear expectations, guidelines and goals for their respective programs. Yes, Meyer has implemented some of Oregon’s successful techniques. But remember: imitation is often the most sincerest form of flattery.

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Jordan Ingram

Jordan Ingram

My name is Jordan Ingram and I am currently a student at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. I am a proud Oregonian with an insatiable thirst for Oregon athletics. I am in hot pursuit of my dream career as beat writer for anything that goes “Quack.” Follow me on Twitter : @jpingram3

  • OreotheCat

    Solid article Jordan. Thanks for the vid.

    One complaint: “But remember: imitation is often the most sincerest form of flattery.”

    It’s either “most sincere” or simply “sincerest”, right?

    Keep em comin’!

    • Jordan Ingram

      OreotheCat: Nice catch! Definitely some redundancy there! Thank you for reading and your support! I’ll definitely keep ’em comin’!

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Good stuff Jordan and Thank’s!

    • As always, thanks for reading MaitaDuck and your continued support of FishDuck.com!

  • Nate

    Frankly, this stuff scares me. We can only hope that Oregon’s in-person speed and synchronization on offense overcome the OSU defense.

    I am a retired Army officer and a bit of a student of military history. The Oregon style of offense utilizes many of the concepts behind maneuver warfare introduced by the German blitzkrieg in WW2. Unlike the way the term “blitz” is used for football defenses, the original blitz (and maneuver combined arms warfare ever since) emphasized using speed, deception, surprise, and movement to defeat larger enemies by knocking them off balance and keeping them in disarray. A smaller German army completely defeated a heavier, better equipped, larger French army in 1940 by using speed, deception, surprise, and focused synchronization to get synergistic effects at key points. What they couldn’t do in 5 years of nation-draining warfare during WW1 happened in a few weeks.. and it stunned the world, and scared military experts everywhere.

    With Florida State, Oregon achieved strategic and tactical surprise; they kept the FSU defense off balance with the speed of their tempo, but they also used deception to set up big plays, and their teamwork created the overwhelming synergy on offense and defense. As the post-game interviews showed, FSU was so thoroughly beaten, they were still in denial even after the game. Denial is not a good thing if you want to win in wars or football; ask the Arab nations how that worked against Israel. I don’t think Urban Meyer will give Oregon the same favor of living in denial, but they only have a few days to prepare. Nothing they have faced all season, including Alabama, will compare or come close.