Building Lanning’s Defense: Who’s Calling the Shots?

David Marsh Editorials

We haven’t seen an official announcement or media introduction yet, but it appears that Dan Lanning has hired Chris Hampton to replace Matt Powledge, who left to become the DC at Baylor. Hampton’s twitter bio states that he is Oregon’s Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties coach, and there are tweets that show he is out on the recruiting trail, which is …

Five Non-Starters to Watch In Today’s Holiday Bowl

David Marsh Editorials

I have already aired my grievances about December being too busy and how the bowl games are suffering as a result. However, today Oregon plays in the Holiday Bowl against North Carolina and we will get the opportunity to see some backups take the field and hopefully make an impact. Here are five players to watch in today’s game who …

December Is Too Busy and Bowl Season Suffers

David Marsh Editorials

College Football has changed so much in the past decade. In the early 2010s, the value of bowl games was clear for teams and players alike. Making a bowl game, even a bad bowl game, was the reward for a decent, or even good, season. Then starting in 2014, the value of bowl games started to decline with the College …

How Many Quarterbacks Can One Team Sustain?

David Marsh Editorials

Just how many scholarship quarterbacks can a college football roster sustain? This is the big question in this day and age of the transfer portal and NIL. Any starting quarterback is going require a chunk of NIL money (that’s a given, though how much will vary depending on the player and school). More NIL opportunities will also come with being …

Building Lanning’s Defense: The Linebackers

David Marsh Editorials

Dan Lanning’s defense this season did not live up to his standard, and it wasn’t even close. Oregon’s defense couldn’t get off the field on third downs and struggled to get any pressure on opposing quarterbacks. There were some bright spots, but on the whole, Lanning’s defense failed to get the job done. But now we are in transfer portal …

What is Oregon Football’s Standard?

David Marsh Editorials

Oregon finished the regular season with a record of 9-3 with losses to Georgia, Washington and Oregon State. Most programs would kill for a 9-3 record, but to Oregon fans, this feels like a lost season in which the Ducks failed to meet their own standard. Oregon is not a blue blood; we have never won a National Championship, but …

Don’t Forget that Oregon’s Identity is the Run Game

David Marsh Editorials

Since the firing of Mark Helfrich after the 2016 season, and through the Willie Taggart and Mario Cristobal eras, we’ve heard a lot of talk about Oregon’s identity as a program. We have seen teams range from high-scoring offenses like those under Chip Kelly, Helfrich and Taggart to low-scoring nail biters from the Cristobal era. But there is one thing …

Utes Beware: This Is Not the 2021 Oregon Offense

David Marsh Editorials

As we prepare for the upcoming showdown between our Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium, let’s take some time to look at those dreaded 2021 beatings Oregon received. Though Oregon’s defense has left a lot to be desired this year and last year, Oregon’s offense was the real failure last year. This year is going to be …

Garbage Time Reps for Back-Ups Don’t Matter

David Marsh Editorials

Some of Oregon’s back-ups got a chance to see the field against Colorado this last Saturday, and offensively, they didn’t look good. Past wisdom says that even though those reps weren’t pretty, they did get the chance to see the field and run through some plays, which could be valuable experience next year. But like so many things concerning college …