A Legendary Coach Explains Cristobal to Fans: Win with STRATEGY, Not Scoring

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We have been very fortunate to have a legendary coach share some of his thoughts with us. Coach Tony DeMeo (who has won a ton of college football games) gives presentations to coaches and businesses in his retirement. Also, he has contributed a number of articles to this site, and his most recent article will form the background for this article …

Analytics vs. Common Sense: For Coaches Making the BIG DECISIONS

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A treat we have today is an article written by legendary coach Tony DeMeo for other coaches, yet it is useful for us to regard when we judge coaching decisions as Oregon fans. Coaching is harder than it looks, and Coach DeMeo covers one of the new, higher profile coaching tools in the game of football today. Charles Fischer The …

Coach’s Opinion: How to Best Utilize your QUARTERBACK

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One of the most common questions I get on the clinic circuit is: “What do you do if you don’t have a running quarterback?” Of course I would like to have a quarterback that throws like Montana and runs like Jim Brown but somehow those guys are kind of rare. So a key ingredient to a successful offense is to …

Coach’s Opinion: “How BIG should the PLAYBOOK be?”

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My friends, legendary coach Tony DeMeo offers wisdom about planning your team’s plays for coaches, allowing fans to observe what coaches should be striving for. This is part of our ongoing football education, and it is fun to ponder these morsels of football truth.  Charles Fischer The single greatest lesson that I have learned in coaching is not how many …

OVERMATCHED: Winning as Goliath

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My friends, Coach Tony DeMeo continues to share his 40 years of coaching with our readers (both fans and coaches). This time he writes about when your team is highly favored going into, say, a Southern Utah-type of game. It will be a while before Oregon is back in the position of being a Goliath, but those games appear every …

Is a GREAT Player also a CHAMPION?

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(The two major players above: who was a great player, and who was a CHAMPION?  Charles Fischer) A player can be a great player but not a champion. How can that be? How can a player have record-breaking statistics, yet not be a champion? What is that magic ingredient or special trait that allows a player to wear a champion’s …

Coaching the Young Coach: Some Practices to Embrace

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Welcome aboard Coach! You stand poised to join a fabulous fraternity and will, if you choose to, exercise enormous influence on the choices your players make on and off the field, perhaps even years after they’ve graduated. But first, let me have a word with you, and give both a caution and request. The simplest and most relevant piece of advice …

The Kentucky Derby Rule for Football and Business

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“Never Bring a Jackass to the Kentucky Derby” Coaches, the following is a short excerpt from my new book: Common Sense Rules for Everyday Leaders that is available. It will feature close to 100 of these types of rules that every leader can find helpful. Signed copies are available on my website, tonydemeo.com. As the first Saturday of May approaches, it’s …

Coaching the Coaches: Universal Truths of Offensive Football

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A note from Charles Fischer: Today we begin a new Saturday article series, “Coaching the Coaches,” to help teach the young coach to learn from veterans. This article is written by a highly successful college coach, who gives us an inside perspective football fans don’t get to see.  The wisdom of what you read below cannot be measured, and you will learn so …

Taggart’s Accountability and Fear: MUSTS For a Great Coach

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This article will be mainly conceptual – not anecdotal.  I wrote a book with dozens of  stories to illustrate the concepts I’m going to talk about here.  But this isn’t the place to cite a lot of those anecdotes.  Mike Morris (Grizzled Ol’ Coach) My concept is stated in my title.  It’s based on 30 years of being a high …

I Fell in Love With a Defensive System

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 [A confessional from an old, retired coach. But first a warning to potential readers:  There may be nothing in this article about Oregon Duck football. This article is about a SPECIFIC 4-3 defensive system, and the Ducks will be using the 4-3 next season. But the two systems might — probably will — differ a lot.  The system Brady Hoke …

No. 1-Ranked Texas Bullets Build Powerhouse With Oregon’s Blueprint

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After three consecutive turnovers on the first three drives, the Texas Bullets stood calmly on the sideline knowing that this was it. Down 10-0 to the back-to-back league champion and current national champion North Texas Longhorns, this was not the start to the Bullets’ first shot at a championship we had dreamed about for the past seven years. John McGuire’s …