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 …

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

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 5 Comments

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

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 2 Comments

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 …