The FishDuck.com 2014 Spring Game Analysis

Charles Fischer Analysis 7 Comments

By Charles Fischer and the “Grizzled Ol’ Coach” Mike Morris We have ALL been fooled by Spring Games of the past, as players who starred in these May games would not ever see the light of day on the football field in the fall – or they transferred out.  Yet other times they have shown us glimpses of the potential some of …

Empty & Full: My Favorite Play of the Oregon 2014 Spring Game

Brian Flinn Analysis 3 Comments

Thanks to my friend, Charles Fischer, I have had the great opportunity to write about many of my favorite offensive schemes here on FishDuck.com.  From the Zone Read Bubble to One Back Play Action to Packaged Tempo Plays, these analyses have been about concepts that are the heart of my own personal offensive philosophy. One of the few core spread …

Oregon Receivers Are the Key to Ducks’ Explosive Run Game

Levi Steier Analysis 5 Comments

When analyzing Oregon’s offense, it quickly becomes clear they have an uncommon number of explosive plays.  According to ESPN’s PAC-12 Blog, an explosive play is defined as any play that gains 20 or more yards.  In 2013 the Ducks were able to gain 20+ yards on a single play 106 times. 42 of these were rushing plays; 14 of which …

A Solution for Stopping Stanford on 3rd Down

Levi Steier Analysis 5 Comments

When the Ducks travelled south to play Pac-12 rival Stanford, there were predictions of a Duck victory.  De’Anthony Thomas predicted the Oregon offense would put up forty points, and many others had Oregon at least securing the W.  Vegas even had the Ducks as a 10+ point favorite.  The Duck faithful had high hopes, and with good reason. Leading up …

Timing, Rhythm and Deception: The Oregon Passing Game in the NFL

Brian Flinn Analysis 6 Comments

“It’s going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL.  I’m going to say no.  I just don’t see NFL passing concepts in this offense.” – Ron Jaworski “There’s just so many holes to this offense when you transfer it from college to the pros.” – Heath Evans Despite bold predictions to the contrary, …

The Coach’s Corner: Shutting Down Oregon’s Spread With the 4-3 Defense?

Curtis Peterson Analysis 6 Comments

(FishDuck Note: There have been rumblings about whether Oregon has better personnel to be running a 4-3 defense instead of a 3-4.  This analysis by Coach Peterson helps us to learn the differences and to think of how Oregon operates defensively as you read it.  Also keep in mind how so many conference opponents have gone to the Spread offense.  Learning a little …

Three Reasons Why Chip Kelly’s Offense is Not a Fad

Alex Kirby Analysis 4 Comments

The list of college coaches who have transitioned well to the professional level is not a long one, and shorter still is the list of those who have done well right away.  Often it’s an inability to deal properly with professional players, other times the intense demands of the job are more than the coach is prepared for.  Still other …

The Evolution Will be Televised: The Development of Packaged Plays in the Chip Kelly Offense

Brian Flinn Analysis 9 Comments

It has been almost a decade that I have been the wide receivers coach at Villanova, and during this time I have been fortunate to be a part of a great spread offensive system and also watch the evolution of offensive football up close.  As you already may know, my biggest influence during this time has been the Chip Kelly offense …

Different League, Same Package: How the Oregon Offense Ran Through the NFL in 2013

Brian Flinn Analysis 9 Comments

Despite several reports to the contrary, the Chip Kelly Oregon offense is alive and well in the NFL!  The Eagles’ offense we saw go up and down the field in South Philly this fall bore a strong resemblance to the Oregon offense I studied from 2008 to 2012. Operating out of the shotgun and rarely huddling, the Eagles led the …

Developing Offensive Linemen for the Zone Scheme

Levi Steier Analysis 11 Comments

When watching the Oregon Ducks execute their high octane run game it is easy to get caught up in the play-making ability of their skill players. Watching guys like Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas is exhilarating.  What some fail to realize is the success or failure of the run game hinges on the offense’s ability to control the line of …

Will The Chip Kelly Offense Revolutionize British Football?

Adam Dawkins Analysis 6 Comments

The English South Division of the British American Football League (BAFL) is a “Smash Mouth” division if ever there was one. From the 5-on-5 Youth (ages 14-16) teams — using two back sets — to the unbalanced lines and two tight end formations of the Senior game (19+), this division likes to hit you in the mouth and run the …

How Stanford Stopped The Oregon Offense II

Josh Schlichter Analysis 9 Comments

For a moment, the “Oregon Paradigm” got to me. I didn’t expect Stanford to slow Oregon down, much less hold them to 14 points in a dominant fashion. When Oregon plays elite defenses, the results will never result in 40 point victories. No offense will be breaking big plays consistently against high caliber defenses. When Oregon plays good teams, the score …