Scouting a Duck: What Should NFL Scouts Think of Arik Armstead?

Joe Kearns Analysis 1 Comment

It was April 6, 2012. The Oregon Ducks football team had finished a spring practice and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro met with OregonLive reporter Aaron Fentress. Fentress was interested in hearing about a heralded four-star high school recruit and incoming freshman: Arik Armstead. Azzinaro quipped, “Arik who?” It did not take long for Armstead to make a name for …

An Ohio State Dagger into Oregon: The Counter Play

Charles Fischer Analysis 24 Comments

It is recognized that Ohio State beat Oregon in the National Championship game due to its superior run game, and last week we covered the first of the two major running plays that hurt Oregon, the Wham/Trap play. This week we will cover the one primary play that the Buckeyes destroyed the Ducks with, the Counter play, of which had …

How Ohio State beat Oregon: The Wham/Trap Play

Charles Fischer Analysis 17 Comments

A perception of the National Championship Game is that Ohio State pummeled Oregon badly on the ground, and in particular two plays hurt the Ducks the most. We will look at the first of the two of the major Buckeye running plays today, although we also know that the OSU QB played incredibly well against Oregon (especially on third down) …

A Coach’s Response: Myth-conceptions about the 4-3 versus the 3-4 Defensive Fronts

Coach Morris Analysis, Fish Reports 3 Comments

(Converting from a 3-4 defense to 4-3 front is a topic that Oregon fans were interested in discussing–especially when Coach Mike Morris gave his perspective on it last week. He saw many posts on six different sites and message boards that contained some “points he disagreed with.” The Grizzled Ol’ Coach is not one to debate online with other readers, …

Should Oregon Switch to the 4-3 Defense? A Coach’s Perspective

Coach Morris Analysis, Fish Reports 7 Comments

My friends–the Grizzled Ol’ Coach, Mike Morris, has some superb information concerning a potential conversion to a 4-3 defense at Oregon. Some of you will need to brace yourselves as you will read some things that you will NOT like or agree with, and in compromise for his shared wisdom, I retained them.  They are his views, not mine.  -Charles Fischer …

Jack of All Trades: A Comparison of Connor Barwin and Tyson Coleman

Joe Kearns Analysis 1 Comment

It was March 2013 and new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had a problem. The 3-4 defensive scheme he brought from Oregon needed a versatile left outside linebacker. In his search, Kelly found the man who would become the centerpiece of his defense: Connor Barwin. Meanwhile, in Eugene, Ore., a safety-turned-linebacker named Tyson Coleman waited for his moment behind veteran Boseko Lokombo. His patience paid off in 2014, and …

Using Discipline and Fundamentals to Defend Brand New Formations

Alex Kirby Analysis 3 Comments

The late, great Bill Walsh, former head coach during the glory days of the 49ers with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, made a living showing opponents something they hadn’t seen on tape in the days leading up to the game. Oregon is no different. As a staff, Oregon coaches love to talk about how simple their scheme is, and how …

Anatomy of a Drive: The Method to Scott Frost’s Play-calling

Joe Kearns Analysis 1 Comment

When Chip Kelly left Eugene for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, he left two major voids in the Oregon football program. Kelly had not just been the face of the Ducks, he was also the play-caller for the renowned high-octane spread offense.  As much as head coach Mark Helfrich deserves credit for leading the team to a national championship game in just …

More Than Window Dressing: Why Oregon Uses Motion

Alex Kirby Analysis 7 Comments

For coaches, watching football broadcasts can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, we all love football, and enjoy watching the best of the best compete against one another. On the other, the guys doing the game on TV often are misinformed about what’s really going on down there on the field when it comes to the X’s and O’s. …

The Spread Offense: The Oregon, Urban Meyer Connection

Noah Smith Analysis 2 Comments

On January 12th, do not be surprised if you feel like you’re seeing double. Urban Meyer’s love of the spread option offense has been widely documented ever since his days at Bowling Green and then at Florida. Some people even claim that Meyer invented the read option play that we love to watch our Ducks run (Rich Rodriguez would dispute that claim). Regardless of who invented it, Meyer …

The Art of the Oregon Long Snappers

Jordan Ingram Analysis 1 Comment

Oregon doesn’t use its long snappers — true freshman Tanner Carew and redshirt freshman Connor Johnson — as much as other teams in college football use theirs. The long snapper is a specialist center, a hired cannon that is accepted as its own skill position within special teams. It is a job that requires repetition above anything else, and dedication of countless hours to develop muscle memory, form, …