How the Virus is Affecting an Average Duck Like Me

Darren Perkins Editorials 41 Comments

Oh my goodness! The sports world has been canceled! What to talk about?! The fear is real. This isn’t like the post-spring season college sports “dead” period that starts in June and runs through August — when recruiting is happening, administrative decisions are being made, and of course, football is on the horizon. Nope, everything has ground to a halt. …

Did Poor Coaching Hurt Herbert’s Draft Stock?

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Sure, I’m guilty of more Mario Cristobal–Marcus Arroyo 2019 offensive coaching bashing. But it’s March and we’re in draft season, so it’s a damn fair question. No doubt, QB Justin Herbert was coached down in his final two years at Oregon. Various college football analysts and NFL Draft experts have expressed this. Just on Friday, FishDuck.com’s own Brent Pennington cited …

Optimism Returns to the Oregon Offense

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When Mario Cristobal took over as head coach two years ago, fans were excited about his insistence on getting bigger and tougher on the offensive line. Oregon was going to play a more physical, SEC brand of football. Many had visions of a high-flying Chip Kelly-type offense, complemented with pounding it in the trenches and controlling the clock. Maybe it …

It Doesn’t Matter Who Cristobal Hires as the Next OC

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That’s right, it doesn’t. Mario Cristobal could hire a young reincarnation of Sean Payton, Lincoln Riley or Bill Walsh. Ya know, hire the next offensive “genius.” But, if that chosen one is only allowed to coach with one hand tied behind his back, then, it doesn’t matter. Oregon will not become elite. Oregon will not win a National Championship. It’s time …

Rose Bowl: Ducks Look to Be the Best of the Rest

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LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are currently the four best programs in college football. They are the elite, and the Ducks would love nothing more than to crash that party. A solid victory over No. 8 Wisconsin could serve as a solid “best of the rest” steppingstone in Oregon’s quest to join them. Five Thoughts on the Eve of the …

Oregon Recruiting: 2020 Early Signing Period Primer

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This Wednesday, December 18, is the day the recruits can begin to officially sign with teams for the 2020 recruiting cycle. Per 247sports.com, the Oregon Ducks’ 22-man recruiting class currently ranks No. 16 nationally — good for second in the Pac-12 only behind Washington at No. 14. Of course, at this point, all the commitments are merely verbal, so recruits …

Oregon’s Offensive Woes Start at the Top

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It’s amazing how a coach who puts such an emphasis on being “tough” can trot out an offense that’s so weak. We get it, Coach Mario Cristobal. You want to control the ball, control the clock, dominate the line of scrimmage, and run vertically between the tackles. This is great when it works, but when it doesn’t, you simply look …

The Ducks Are on the Cusp of Something Great

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No doubt about it, the Oregon Ducks are putting together a very special season. After the tumultuous events that played out after the fall of the program under former coach Mark Helfrich in 2016, Oregon fans must be elated about how things have turned around with current head coach Mario Cristobal. Having said that, while the Ducks are a solid …

You Say Arizona vs. Oregon, I Say Adams vs. Faber!

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It’s Saturday morning, and with Charles Fischer being a late scratch from his usual Saturday slot, it falls upon me to get everyone pumped up for some Oregon football! There’s just one problem …. The Ducks have the day off. Thanks, Charles. So, I thought I’d get an early start on previewing the Arizona game by taking a quick look …

Note to Ducks: The Trojans Will Be Back

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In explosive fashion, the Ducks destroyed USC on Saturday night. But as we all know, USC isn’t really USC right now, and hasn’t been for a decade. They’ve painfully spent the past 10 years learning what their blue-blood counterparts learned long ago; that in the modern era of college football you can’t rely on reputation alone. But, make no mistake …