Oregon’s Upcoming Offensive Improvement: Experience or Maturity?

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The Fascination Factor with new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is through the roof for Oregon fans with tidbits gleaned from interviews and articles on this site about the new assistant coach, plus some analysis of his offense previously run at Penn State. Oregon’s new OC has operated out of the Shotgun Spread Offense in the past, and he puts the quarterback …

NOT Playoff Worthy? How CLOSE Is Oregon Recruiting Versus the Elites?

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There has been a ton of discussion about another great year of Mario Cristobal recruiting, the impact on the long term and whether it will have an immediate effect with the next football season. First, I believe it makes sense to take a close look at this past February’s signing class and determine how it ranks in the history of …

A Blast-from-the-Past! A Sprinting Spring Game…

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This article was originally a forum post from over 13 years ago. I stumbled across it recently and thought you might have fun reading it, as I did, with the pleasant memory of our past beloved Ducks. Charles Fischer —————————————————— Have you ever watched a game at Autzen and noted an official with a down marker sprinting down the sideline to …

What are the HEISMAN ODDS for Penei Sewell?

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Could the Hatfield-Dowlin facility in Eugene make room for another prized trophy? Since its inception back in 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been won predominantly by running backs and quarterbacks and back in the early years, half-backs especially dominated the award. Could Oregon beat the odds with Penei Sewell? The ’70s and ’80s were in love with the ball carriers, and …

The Mental Game: Oregon’s Last Hurdle from Being Elite?

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In retrospect, the final result of the last season was the best that I could reasonably see the 2019 edition of Oregon football achieving. I was more pessimistic at prediction time last August due to my concerns about the offense, but in the end it was the mental component of the competition, not the Xs-and-Os or a particular strategy from …

Oregon Fans: Is it Possible to Discuss the COVID-19 Impact WITHOUT POLITICS?

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This is not the article planned for today, as the original writer is displeased with me because I canned his article. Unfortunately, after writing for nearly three years, he has quit and will not be writing articles any longer. I can say that he has generated some superb and thought-provoking articles and is a personal friend of mine, which makes …

Bragging Rights: Who said that Justin Herbert was a FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE?

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Good gosh! How many times have we been aggressive and bold in our predictions at FishDuck.com and consequently been skewered by other sites … only to be proven correct in the end? I have quite a list of those, and a new item appeared on the list this week with our own Justin Herbert being selected in the first round …

QBs Running MORE in 2020: Can the Oregon Coaches Achieve the RIGHT Balance?

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It is going to drive me crazy, like Willie Taggart running Justin Herbert between the tackles and the predictable injury (I called it a week in advance) occurring in 2017, trashing my season tickets. Injuries to QBs ruined seasons in 1988, 1991, 1993, 2005, 2007, 2015 … and then 2017, too? Going into 2018 and 2019, we fans did not want to see …

Is Noah Sewell Destined to be a “TWEENER?”

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I can hear the collective “forehead-slapping” going on out there as everyone is trying to understand why Mr. FishDuck would begin to pick on one of the most celebrated recruits coming to Oregon and a rare 5-Star at that? It is because of a story shared on the Pac-12 Network by Yogi Roth in the Rose Bowl wrap-up show where …

Pac-12 Network Pundits RAVE about Oregon’s Future

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My friends, I have a tendency to downplay what a ton of “media-types” have to say about Our Beloved Ducks, since they are primarily great writers and not necessarily great football minds. Yet I do admit that many of them have so many interviews with the coaches and players that they get some good impressions and often draw some entertaining …

Cristobal’s Biggest Lesson? The END GAME

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We know that Mario Cristobal is still relatively new as a head coach in a Power-Five conference, and many of us have sputtered about his learning curve. Strategies and tactics that many of us “Greybeards” have watched over the years with other coaches seemed to be either unknown or ignored by this coaching staff. Now granted, going from 7-6 to …