Oregon: Recruiting, Recruiting and More Recruiting

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Recruiting, recruiting and recruiting are the Top 3 elements of any successful college football program. With the Oregon Ducks currently sitting (as of this writing) at No. 7 nationally with both Rivals.com and 247sports.com for the 2021 recruiting cycle, it’s safe to say the Ducks take those three elements very seriously.   Of course, this is no revelation under Mario …

Oregon vs. The Pac-12: One Truly Amazing Fact

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After my last article on Oregon’s all-time series record against the Washington Huskies, it got me thinking about how the Ducks are doing against the rest of the Pac-12.   Below, I include the all-time series record, as well as the record since 1994. Lots of readers in the comments noted the Ducks’ record versus the Huskies since 1994, which …

The Huskies: One Truly Disturbing Fact

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Despite Oregon’s recent domination over our “rival” from the Jet City (14 wins in the last 16 meetings), the fact remains that the Huskies still lead the all-time series 60-47 (5 ties). Yes, I just barfed out my morning coffee as I typed that. The Ducks are down 13 games to the Huskies. Which may have some of you thinking, …

Ducks Could Set Team Record in 2021 NFL Draft

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LSU dominated the 2020 NFL Draft with 14 picks that led all the NCAA and set the Southeastern Conference record for most draft picks. The record previously belonged to Alabama’s 2018 class that saw 12 players selected in the draft. This year’s LSU class also tied Ohio State for the most picks by one school since the NFL Draft moved …

Herbert’s Blessing in Disguise; Pac-12 Draft Results

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For all the glitz, glamour and recognition one receives for being the first pick in the NFL Draft, it usually means  going to an awful team. That’s why, especially as a quarterback, falling a bit in the first round can be beneficial to long-term success. I firmly believe the Oregon coaching staff did not get the most out of Justin …

How the Virus is Affecting an Average Duck Like Me

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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 …