The Zone Read: Is the PISTOL a Good Fit for Oregon?

Charles Fischer Analysis 47 Comments

Alright … I was wrong in last week’s article. And not just once, but in a couple of places. I was erroneously applying prior knowledge of the Oregon Spread Offense to the new Oregon Offense that features the Pistol formation the majority of the time. In this article, I will apologize, own up to my errors (each of them) and …

Cristobal Signals the Decline of the Backside Zone Read at Oregon

Charles Fischer Analysis 79 Comments

If you want a fluffy editorial, this ain’t it. I am not going to cover the same stuff as other media — that everyone can already see, such as dropped passes, elite throws by Justin Herbert, improvements on the defense, etc. I will focus on what I am passionate about on offense, and I was dismayed at what I saw …

The Mario Cristobal Offense: Zone Read from the Pistol

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 13 Comments

The Zone Read has been a staple of the Oregon offense for more than a decade now. Since the day Chip Kelly first set foot in Eugene, the Duck offense has used this play to punish even the most tenacious of defenses. Indeed, the Zone Read has become one of the pillars of Oregon football. Traditionally, Oregon has run the Zone Read …

The Oregon Defense: DEFEATING THE ZONE READ

The Oregon Defense: DEFEATING THE ZONE READ (4 Analyses)   —1. The Coach’s Corner: Defending the Zone Read http://fishduck.com/2012/08/the-coachs-corner-defending-the-zone-read/ Text Analysis Published 8-17-2012 However, there are counters to the Zone Read, as there are defensive maneuvers aimed at disguising or disrupting the zone read. Our team has learned to use our 4-3 Defense to scheme the opponent, forcing the offense …

Oregon Spread Offense: ZONE READING under Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich, and Scott Frost

Oregon Spread Offense: Zone Reading Analyses of Coaches Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost (19 Analyses)   —1. The Fish Report: New Wrinkles Against Nevada http://fishduck.com/2011/09/the-fish-report-new-wrinkles-against-nevada/ Video and Text Analysis Published 9-13-2011 This video shows the variations of Zone Read Attack with the Bubble Threat by the wide receivers, but also from the running back going in motion helping …

How Oregon’s “Squeeze-n-Pop” Strategy Stifled the Zone Read

Zach Pierson Analysis 4 Comments

Welcome to a special edition of X’s vs. O’s! Whether you are a die-hard Oregon Duck fan or a casual observer, I don’t think anyone expected Oregon to keep pace with Arizona in their November 18th showdown. To come away with such an emphatic victory is even more impressive. The defensive game-plan deserves much of the credit, and is worth studying. Today, …

Oregon Football Analysis: Speed-Out Pass Combined With the Zone Read

Coach Jeremy McGuire Analysis, Fish Reports 2 Comments

In a previous analysis I discussed Oregon’s Run-Pass Combo. In this follow-up analysis, I will look at how the Ducks use the same strategy to attack defenses by focusing on a single player. With the Duck offense, any defender can be the focus of an offensive play. Tendencies, leverage and spacing are all key points that coaches ponder when calling a specific play. In the …

Past Play Reappears: Oregon’s Mid-Line Zone Read!

Charles Fischer Analysis 5 Comments

Head Coach Mark Helfrich has brought new life to older plays in the Oregon playbook, but few are as odd as the Mid-Line Zone Read play. It seems to violate what we have learned about the Zone Read at Oregon, and it is a play that we rarely see. Readers of these Tuesday analyses are becoming as amused as I …

Coaches are Buzzing: Oregon’s Wildcat Power Zone Read!

Charles Fischer Analysis 14 Comments

The coaches and fans are buzzing about Oregon’s new play unveiled against Oregon State last Saturday night. I was on the phone with one coach that evening and with three coaches the next morning from across the nation as we were all fascinated with Oregon’s new Wildcat Power Zone Read. Now that is a mouthful, but the good news is …

Oregon “Bangs, Bends, and Bounces” the NEW Inside Zone Read past Stanford

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 5 Comments

Oregon has changed its foundation play, the Inside Zone Read, from how they ran it three years ago! I covered part of it in a recent discussion about the components of the Pistol offense being added to Oregon Spread Offense, but we need something that covers this essential play from the perspective of how Duck running backs learn to read …

How Coaches Use Trap Plays to Complement the Zone Read

Levi Steier Fish Reports, FishWrap 0 Comments

It is well established that the zone scheme, including the Inside Zone, Outside Zone and the Zone Read, is the key concept of Oregon’s Spread Offense.  As such, there has been a great deal of attention paid to these schemes, including my previous article on developing offensive lineman for the zone. To complement the zone scheme, it is also important …

Oregon has an “Open Gap” Zone Read!

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 1 Comment

From Video  We CAN learn something new from an ugly loss and not just looking at why we lost!  In the past two years I have noticed a new movement taking place in the backfield that at first I identified as a new “Universal Formation,” and now with new, up-close footage, we can better determine the part it plays in …