Spill It and Kill It! How the Oregon Defense Shuts Down the Run

Joe Daniel Analysis 1 Comment

The Oregon ‘hybrid’ 3-4 Defense is a well-designed, precision machine — as any well run defense is. Oregon defenders don’t just chase the football around like a rec league soccer game. Every player on the field has a job to do, and all of those jobs fit together like a choreographed dance that will shut down the opponent’s rushing attack — …

Stuffing the Outside Run Game With Oregon’s 3-4 Defense

Joe Daniel Analysis 3 Comments

There’s a lot more to defensive football than many people realize, as this isn’t a little kid’s soccer game with a herd of midgets chasing the ball. What coaches refer to as run fits are more like a well-choreographed dance. Run fits are the defensive responsibilities given to particular players in attacking a blocker or ball carrier either to the inside …

How the Ducks Will Shut Down Rich Rod and the Wildcats in 2014

Joe Daniel Coach's Opinion 8 Comments

In 2013, the Arizona Wildcats and Head Coach Rich Rodriguez tore through the Ducks and the nearly non-existent Oregon defense that day raised a lot of questions among Ducks faithful. But I’m here to tell you, Duck fans, that the future is bright. The Oregon defense can shut this Arizona offense down in 2014, without any major changes. And that’s good, because …

A Husky Sack from Oregon’s Great Zone Coverage

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The “Fire Zone Blitz” is one of the effective blitzes that the Oregon hybrid 3-4 defense uses to pressure a Quarterback. The Ducks do a great job of bringing heavy pressure with 5-man zone blitzes, and then bringing 4 or often, only 3 pass rushers, but there’s another weapon that helps Duck defensive linemen get to the passer. Having success from a …

Game Planning for STOPPING Oregon’s Spread Offense Attack

Joe Daniel Fish Reports 4 Comments

Stephanie Baldwin Coaches are often asked the formula for stopping a Spread Offense such as Oregon’s high scoring attack.  There is no formula for defending a Spread Offense.  If you ever hear a football fan say, “You can stop the Spread Offense by, “(Insert Blustering Nonsense)”, then you need to end the conversation immediately as that person has no idea …

How to Defend Oregon’s Power Read Option

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Option football has evolved so much in the last decade that it has become hard to keep up as defensive coaches. Offensive coordinators are constantly finding new ways to neutralize our best football players by reading them, instead of blocking them. Starting with the Triple Option, and moving right up into the Zone Read Option of today, the whole concept …