As part of a new tradition on this site–we have an article published soon after the game to simply allow us to discuss it in the comments. I began this after the Washington game for the first time in seven years, and it is highly participated in and now a part of what we do. We will continue after football season having a “Ponder-Point” article on Sundays, that invite your feedback.
Another aspect of these new Saturday/Sunday articles is how I don’t have game photos yet, and I insert cheerleader photos from the present and the past. We don’t feature cheerleader photos very often at all anymore and I thought it would be fun to have the upbeat atmosphere available for all after these 2018 games. For those who object–this cheerleader photo feature won’t go on forever… Charles
In the morning paper in Eugene–Coach Mario Cristobal spoke of the strategy (he acknowledged from the SEC) of pounding it for the short gains early in the game, and how it will wear down the defensive line to pop the bigger run plays later in the game–like the 50+ gain of Tony Brooks-James against UCLA.
The challenge I see with that strategy in the Pac-12, is how those short gains put you behind the sticks and guarantees 3rd and long passing situations more often than you would prefer. It sets up the opponent pass rush as we have seen…
WHAT Did I Just See???
Holy Toledo. With about 2:20 left in the first half … Oregon ran an Outside Zone Read from the old offense! It was in the old Shotgun formation with (where the running back is offset) the backside zone read of the defensive end who was unblocked, and thus adding an extra blocker on the playside. It went for ten yards, although it got stuffed on the next play going to the other side. Is Cristobal messing with me?
In the second half–you saw triple the number of Shotgun versus Pistol plays, and Pac-12 analyst Yogi Roth pointed out the change and how it opened things up with the offense. That modest beginning was the most successful Oregon has run outside all season! It is just a start, so perhaps Coach Cristobal is starting to have his own Epiphany?
Roth was trying to pump up support for Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo, but our scoring average in Pac-12 play is not enough to beat good teams, let alone a freshman quarterback in his first start. Again–let’s start the discussion in the comments below the article as before and let’s ponder what we saw against Utah through the weekend. I want to hear from everyone, and that includes both the proponents and opponents of what this coaching staff is doing.
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Charles Fischer (FishDuck)
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