Offering Perspective on a Difficult Loss

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The howling and post mortem accusations have ripped around for 72 hours. In times like these I go another way, pulling out a memory I’ve fixed in amber and consulted many times over the last two decades. Here’s the story. I had held a ticket to Oregon’s home game against USC in 2001, planning to fly to Eugene from my …

Tough Q: Are These the Right Defensive Coaches?

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Despite the what-ifs and criticisms about decisions made in Saturday’s game, the outcome is a true reflection of this team. Oregon lost not because of a penalty here or a fourth-down decision there—or because the boys didn’t play hard. They lost because their defense is porous. Harsh as it sounds, this defense isn’t worthy of a playoff team, and maybe …

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Oregon’s Best Offense Ever; Plus Kickoff Lunacy and Burying Georgia

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Oregon’s offense under Bo Nix and Kenny Dillingham is the best in the school’s 130 years of football.  No team before this one has done more with the ball in hand. Stats show that it isn’t even close. With Nix at quarterback, the Ducks have scored on two-thirds of their drives. None of the teams under Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly, …

Midseason Report: Give Lanning an F

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At midseason, a couple of bleacher bums are going to evaluate Dan Lanning. He gets an F. Quarterback Bo Nix said the same two weeks ago, and if you watch the Oregon sideline on these Chip Kelly-like romps through conference foes, you see it. Lanning gets an F — for fun. “Nix is having a blast,” a friend texted after …

From the Bleachers: Kenny Dillingham’s ‘Gimme Shelter’ Offense

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The opening riff of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll song in history was written and played by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. “There’s something almost mystical about it,” Richards said of his start to Gimme Shelter. “When hit in the right way at the right moment, a cheap ride to heaven.” Say the same for the dazzling offense Kenny Dillingham …

Dan Lanning Knows How to Rock an Offseason

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One thing we know about Dan Lanning: he can rock an offseason. Be honest. How many of you thought after several shocking losses last season that Mario Cristobal would ever get Oregon back to the playoffs? Utah manhandled Oregon twice, puncturing Cristobal’s perpetually sunny forecasts and sending fans careening toward a dismal offseason — something between a bad cigar and …