Oregon’s Defense Is a Cascading Failure

David Marsh Editorials 68 Comments

After four ugly games, it’s safe to say Oregon’s defense has failed on every level. Oregon has the most talented roster in the Pac-12 on paper, and when you assess each player individually, this is true. However, football is a team sport, and instead of putting a cohesive defense on the field, Oregon has eleven players just running around. A …

The Green Wall: Oregon’s New Offensive Line

David Marsh Editorials 43 Comments

This is not the year we envisioned for Oregon’s offensive line. We all expected to have Penei Sewell anchor the left side this fall. However, the pandemic robbed us of the opportunity to watch Sewell dominate the line of scrimmage for one final season as a Duck, as he instead prepares for the 2021 NFL Draft. Sewell’s opt-out dramatically changed …

Is Marcus Mariota Destined for Coaching?

David Marsh Editorials 34 Comments

Marcus Mariota is the greatest Oregon football player of all time. He won Oregon its first Heisman Trophy and still holds most of the quarterback records for Oregon. Tragically, though, Mariota suffered the all-too-frequent fate of many great college players; he was drafted early by a team that had no idea what to do with him. At Tennessee, he played in …

Oregon’s Path to the Playoff Is Riddled with Potholes

David Marsh Editorials 35 Comments

Oregon can make the College Football Playoff in 2020 despite a a shortened season. Their path, however, is narrow, and the Ducks will require help. What Oregon has control over is two things: win and win big. Oregon cannot afford to win games by only one score this year. If Mario Cristobal and company are serious about making the playoff, …

Does College Football Need Its Cupcakes?

David Marsh Editorials 27 Comments

In any normal year, College Football is filled with early games against FCS schools that typically culminate with blowout victories. These “cupcake” matchups tend to be tolerated by a hungry fan base that is looking to watch their team play a real game for the first time in nine months. But once the initial excitement fades, these games are at …

Can Oregon Break Up the Playoff Status Quo?

David Marsh Editorials 39 Comments

College football is getting less competitive. The playoff’s goal was to expand the number of teams that could compete for the national championship every year by widening the field from two to four. Not much of a playoff, and it seems even less so with a cast of four usual suspects: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. These four teams …

Scott Frost Was Absolutely Right About Recruiting to Oregon

David Marsh Editorials 43 Comments

Oregon is hot on the recruiting trail right now. Just last week, Oregon landed 2022 recruit Andre Dollar over Scott Frost and Nebraska. This has, yet again, led people to dig up Frost’s 2016 interview with USA Today, during his first year with UCF, where he notoriously stated: “It’s hard in those places [Oregon] because we’re just not in close …

Did Mario Cristobal Nudge Coaches Out the Door?

David Marsh Editorials 46 Comments

Mario Cristobal is the Commander-in-Chief of Oregon Football. With this coaching style style, the determining factor of a team’s success or failure boils down to a few important decisions: effective coaching hires. Cristobal has no problem firing a coach who isn’t a fit for the program as we saw when he fired Jim Leavitt. However, the firing of Leavitt came …

Mario Cristobal: The Commander-in-Chief of Oregon Football

David Marsh Editorials 29 Comments

There are two types of head coaches. First there are the field-commanders, who call the plays from the sideline. Oregon fans are familiar with this style of coaching, as Chip Kelly is the definition of field-commander. These coaches tend to be the flashy innovators of the sport, and Kelly’s time at Oregon exemplified this. Then there are the commander-in-chief head …

A Failed Fan Experience: the Pac-12 Championship Anticlimax

David Marsh Editorials 32 Comments

The expansion of the Pac-12 conference has not been to the benefit of fans. In my previous article I argued that the conference expansion has led to the loss of some key yearly rivalries, and that all we get in exchange is the promise of a glorious championship game. The championship game is supposed to be a clash of titans, …