Stanford Defeat Seems Like Last Year — Explosive Bruins Wait Their Turn

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 24 Comments

Since the loss of quarterback Justin Herbert, long-suffering Duck fans have watched Oregon’s offense curl up and wither. Still “PTSD’d” from the Alamo Bowl two years ago, it has blurred the brighter, optimistic future that was on the horizon. After Braxton Burmeister threw two interceptions, Coach Willie Taggart threw away his pass play sheet and decided he would attempt a comeback …

Ducks Can’t Catch Cougars; Stanford Looms Ahead

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 18 Comments

Oregon, behind backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister, hung with the Washington State Cougars for three quarters but subsequently went down, 33-10, a score that might have been 49-10 if it weren’t for stellar play by the Duck defense. Burmeister wasn’t given much of a game plan by coach Willie Taggart, but that may not have mattered based on the poor play …

Only the Strong Survive: How the Ducks Dominated Cal and Prepare for WSU

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 9 Comments

Coach Willie Taggart notched his first Pac-12 conference win behind a strong push from not only a much-maligned offensive line and a fierce pass rush from an improving defense, but also a host of capable replacements who were thrown into action after a succession of key injuries cast a pall on the Autzen Stadium crowd. Going into Saturday’s key match-up with unbeaten Washington State …

A Look Back: Why the Ducks Lost in the Desert

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 10 Comments

Oregon’s three-game victory bubble burst in the desert last weekend as Arizona State kicked a field goal with 2:34 left to knock off the Ducks 37-35. After impressive success in non-conference play, the offense misfired from the start and breakdowns in all phases of the game showed that coach Willie Taggart and his staff have some serious coaching to do …

Coach Ken Woody: Breaking Down the New Oregon Offense

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Oregon’s offense has started with a flash and struggled in the second half of all three victories. Play selection has come under criticism for becoming too conservative, but the young offensive line has failed to sustain dominance while quarterback Justin Herbert has been out of sync, particularly in Laramie’s hostile environment in the win over Wyoming. The question is: How …

Duck Defense Sets the Edge; Herbert Needs to Set His Feet

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 7 Comments

Setting the edge and limiting runs in the wide open spaces is the first thing coaches must establish in an effective defense. It happens when the end man on the line of scrimmage, usually a defensive end or an outside linebacker, crosses the line of scrimmage, digs his feet in, lowers his inside shoulder to keep outside leverage, and fights …

Can Nebraska Solve the Duck’s Offensive Skullduggery?

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 7 Comments

Chip Kelly used to say that his spread offense, with up to four or five receivers, was designed to let the offensive linemen know who to block on running plays. By Oregon aligning its receivers wide, defensive coaches had to think hard about where they would line up their run defenders without giving up big-play pass opportunities. Oregon head coach …

Coach Ken Woody: Observe the “Leverage” of Taggart’s Team

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My friends, we have a new feature on Fridays before each game this season where former Oregon player and retired college head coach Ken Woody, will take an example out of his book “After Further Review” to help fans learn a little more football and know what to look for, and where, in the upcoming game. I have his new …