Coach’s Analysis: Learning Moments for Young Ducks vs. PSU

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 16 Comments

The only things that marred the Ducks’ decisive win over Portland State last Saturday were a blocked extra point, a roughing the kicker penalty, a face mask penalty, a roughing the passer penalty and for the second straight game, a substitution penalty which was blamed on the coaching staff. Otherwise, it was a country whupping and the Vikings were never …

2nd Valley River Coach’s Clinic

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Herbert’s Long Run: In this clip, Herbert fakes to the back and seeing the defender responsible for covering the quarterback disappear towards the running back, pulls the ball and heads outside with no defenders in sight. He is able to gain 37 yards without a hand laid on him. This is not a dangerous play as Herbert can see all …

Coach’s Analysis: Ducks Smash Bowling Green, 58-24

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 28 Comments

Mario Cristobal notched his first win as the head coach for Oregon, a 58-24 thrashing of the out-manned Bowling Green Falcons. The game was also the end of a nine-game losing streak to teams from Ohio and perhaps the beginning of a streak that might stretch beyond one game. Quarterback Justin Herbert began to make his case for Heisman consideration, …

Ken Woody: “Ducks on the Right Track”

Coach Ken Woody Editorials 21 Comments

Spring football games are usually yawners, but Oregon’s annual rite was interesting in many places and actually exciting in others. Heisman candidate quarterback Justin Herbert was not at his best, but was impressive at times: throwing accurate strikes on deep sideline and hook routes, but missing a couple of deep balls that need to be completed in the fall if …

Ducks Not Ready to Play; Boise was…

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 22 Comments

In hindsight, it was inevitable. New head coach Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks would be distracted by the two weeks of turmoil surrounding the departure of former coach Willie Taggart. But it was hard to understand the entirety of such a lackluster effort in losing to Boise State 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Before the game, ESPN ran a graphic showing what the …

Willie Taggart’s Legacy

Coach Ken Woody Editorials 46 Comments

Eugene and Duck fans are wallowing in shock, anger and despair with the departure of head football coach Willie Taggart. Right now the future of Oregon football as a major player rests in the hands of the athletic director, who was taken to the shed by the one-and-done coach. Rob Mullen’s announcement that co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario …

Ducks, Taggart Punish Beavers; Earn Bowling Trip

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 6 Comments

First-year coach Willie Taggart got with the spirit of the 121st Civil War and personally led the Ducks to a 69-10 massacre over the hapless Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium. Taggart had no pity on OSU, even calling a time out right before halftime to ice a kicker who was attempting a 47-yard field goal with the Beavers down, …

Textbook Defense, Herbert’s Return Energize Duck Victory; Civil War Next

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 10 Comments

In one of the most complete games played by an Oregon defense in years, Jim Leavitt’s defensive unit put the kybosh on the most explosive player and team in the Pac-12, and Duck quarterback Justin Herbert returned to action prompting a surge of adrenaline that awoke a somnolent offense for a 48-28 Dad’s Day win over Arizona. The win gave …

Ducks (Coaches and Players) Need to Focus Against Arizona

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 14 Comments

Last week, the Ducks came to Seattle to play tough, hard-nosed football and scored on their first possession for a 3-0 lead. After stopping the Huskies on their next possession, they marched down the field only to fumble on UW’s 16-yard line. This mistake was the first of many to follow that would undo the Ducks, mistakes they could not …

Husky Nightmare Over; Time to Heal for Arizona

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 10 Comments

After a five-week glimpse of medieval offensive football, many Oregon fans are looking forward to quarterback Justin Herbert’s return at the helm of the Ducks offensive. The latest indignity was a 38-3 thrashing at the hands of Washington that conjured up visions of last year’s 70-21 humiliation. In both years, Huskies coach Chris Petersen mercifully called off the players in the …

After Duck’s Utah Win, Huskies to Test if Oregon’s Swag is Real

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 12 Comments

After disposing of Utah 41-20, the Ducks travel to Seattle and take on highly-ranked Washington, boasting a defense that is coming of age. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and a staff of energetic, talented coaches have transformed a corpse into a fighting defense worthy of respect in the Pac-12. Despite inexperience, and in some instances limited athleticism, coaches have molded the …

Ducks Must “Do Something DIFFERENT” versus Utah

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 20 Comments

Coach Willie Taggart has shown remarkable restraint on the sidelines the past three games, all defeats for his Ducks, who have gone down under a flurry of penalty flags, missed assignments and classic gaffes that border on insubordination and attention deficit disorder. Against UCLA, Oregon fell behind quickly 14-0, but worked their way back into the game to tie at …