Oregon Football: Time to Add Brains to the Brawn

Darren Perkins Editorials 58 Comments

“Tough … Physical … Impose our will … Dominate the line of scrimmage … Win the trenches,” etc., etc … All are terms that Mario Cristobal loves to throw out when describing his new identity for the Oregon football team. But there’s a term I’d like to hear more of around the Oregon offense. Smart. Before I dig into my …

Avalos/Salave’a: How They Create Oregon’s Conference-Leading Pass Rush

Charles Fischer Analysis 32 Comments

Funny how things reverse when you least expect it, isn’t it? It wasn’t that long ago the Oregon offense was scoring boatloads of points, and so many people would be screaming at the defensive coordinator for giving up so many points. Now we have the reverse, and while the offensive woes do frustrate us, we do need to enjoy this …

Duck, Duck, Goose: Oregon’s Recruiting Chase Continues

Cameron Johansson Recruiting 41 Comments

It has been an eventful week for the Oregon Ducks as far as recruiting goes. The Ducks defense continued its momentum on and off the field. Mere hours before the Ducks held Stanford to just six points on the road, Bradyn Swinson of Douglasville, Georgia announced he was taking his talents to Eugene and committing to Oregon, adding depth to …

Arroyo’s Explosive Play-Action Passing Package

Mike West Analysis 25 Comments

It is becoming clearer by the week the kind of passing wizard we have in Marcus Arroyo. While some fans have criticized Arroyo for his lack of creativity, my goal today is to remind you that Arroyo is a passing specialist, tasked to bring a physical brand of football to Oregon. Indeed, in back-to-back weeks, Coach Eric Boles introduced more …

Coach Woody Analysis: Oregon Didn’t Need Much “O”

Coach Ken Woody Coach Woody's Analysis 33 Comments

Coach Mario Cristobal and Duck fans everywhere enjoyed a measure of revenge for last year’s debacle loss to Stanford with a satisfying 21-6 win over the Cardinal in Palo Alto. Although most would have preferred six or seven touchdowns, three were enough and the defense continued to keep players out of their end zone. The Ducks had problems blocking on …

CFB Recap: Kansas Isn’t Awful, and the Pac-12’s Playoff Hopes Are Fading

Jon Joseph Editorials 25 Comments

‘Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore …” Week 3 was largely forgettable. There wasn’t a single matchup between top-25 teams. Nevertheless, the Sunflower State bloomed like it hasn’t bloomed — CFB-wise — in, well, forever. The Mad Hatter took his crew to Boston with the CFB world expecting Kansas to be no more than a crumpet …

Opponent Reaction: Stanford Beat Themselves

Ryan Robertson Editorials 104 Comments

Oregon beat Stanford on Saturday, and the result was never really in doubt … Well, to everyone except Stanford Head Coach David Shaw, apparently. Shaw didn’t think that his team was far from pulling off the upset, opening his press conference by saying: “The game boils down to five or six plays, and the score will look like we’re not …

Could Oregon Have Found Its Next Kayvon Thibodeaux?

Garrett Sharp-Craig Recruiting 29 Comments

After another commanding win last weekend, Oregon’s defense has proven to the rest of the nation that it’s legit. However, due to the constant rotation of players in college football, in order to maintain strong defensive continuity, the coaching staff needs to plan ahead to replace their current superstars whenever they depart. With former number-one overall recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux a …

The Rise of the RPO in the Ducks Offense

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 41 Comments

Perhaps Marcus Arroyo’s biggest challenge when he took over as lone offensive coordinator and play-caller for the Oregon Ducks was building an offense that would marry his own experience with the kind of physicality that head coach Mario Cristobal was looking for in the run game. I believe that his answer has been to infuse a heavy dosage of RPOs (run-pass options) …