Feeling the Juice: Offensive Line Awakens in Autzen

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 11 Comments

Dominant. If the performance of Oregon’s offensive line against California had to be summed up in one word, it would be dominant. We saw flashes from the offensive line early this season and then witnessed the hiccup against Arizona State. On Saturday night at Autzen Stadium, everything came together for the guys in the trenches. Mario Cristobal has done a fantastic job …

Feet Into Yards: Taggart Makes a Smart Move With Herbert

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 16 Comments

Something became somewhat obvious in Oregon’s first two games. Then it became crystal clear against Wyoming: Coach Taggart is going to utilize Justin Herbert’s running ability, no matter how some think the quarterback should and should not be used. Honestly, it’s a smart move. When I say that Taggart is going to use Herbert in the run game, I don’t mean this …

The Counter Trey Arrives at Autzen

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 10 Comments

The wait was finally over. It was time to see what these Ducks had, after grinding through the rigors of the offseason under the command of new head coach Willie Taggart. Ducks football had arrived at Autzen, and so had the Counter Trey. The Counter Trey is something we have touched on here at FishDuck, with Coach Morris leading us through …

Coach’s Opinion: Understanding the New Era of Oregon Football

Coach Eric Boles Coach's Opinion 10 Comments

I was highly anticipating this year’s spring game, as it was our first look at both a new offense and defense. Coach Willie Taggart was installing his version of Oregon’s power spread offense, one that is a bit more smash-mouth than what Oregon had been doing. Then there’s Coach Jim Leavitt’s 3-4/3-3-5 hybrid defense. To be honest, I was pretty …

Understanding Oregon’s “Two-fer” Defense

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 4 Comments

What is the “Two-fer” defense? It is simply looking at what everyone else calls a 4-2-5 defensive alignment, and truly following the textbook definition of how to define an alignment. Most coaches would state that the first number indicates how many defensive linemen have a hand-down, and that would mean that the defense that Coach Boles is going to review …

The Pacific Coast Offense: Quarterback Power/WR Screen

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 2 Comments

It has been an exciting ride ever since Oregon hired Coach Willie Taggart back in December. We’ve seen Coach Taggart put together a top notch coaching staff, and then upgrade it, pull a top 20 recruiting class with only a month on the trail, and install awesome offensive and defensive schemes. Today we’re going to focus on another play that …

The Willie Taggart Offense: Oregon’s New Toss Read Play

Coach Eric Boles Analysis, Fish Reports, Understanding the Willie Taggart Oregon Spread Offense 2 Comments

A few things became crystal clear to me as I poured over hours of South Florida game footage from this past season. For starters, the offense is just plain cool. It’s a run-first system with a ton of variety and ingenuity to it. This offense is really fun to watch! It’s been said that while designing his spread offense, Willie …