Defending the Spread: Zone Out or Man Up

Josh Schlichter Analysis 2 Comments

Stopping Oregon is a terrible task for a defensive coordinator, especially during the middle of the season with little time to prepare between games. The schematic bonuses given to the Ducks through spreading a defense out, then isolating and rendering a defender useless, truly makes a defense overmatched schematically in every way. So that brings up the inevitable question–how does …

The Oregon Offense: New Outside Zone RPO

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 79 Comments

You don’t have to be tuned into a televised football game long before you start to hear commentators throw around the term RPO. Most people have a basic understanding of what that is: a run-pass option. Though it’s easy enough to understand that these are plays with both the option to run or to pass, packaged together, not everyone knows …

Oregon’s Spread Offense with the Pistol under Mario Cristobal, Jim Mastro and Marcus Arroyo

  Oregon’s Spread Offense with the Pistol under Mario Cristobal, Jim Mastro and Marcus Arroyo (17 Analyses)   The Oregon Offense: The Power Concept https://fishduck.com/2018/12/the-oregon-offense-the-power-concept/ Text and Video Analysis: Published December 5, 2018 Coach Eric Boles illustrates how the Power Concept from the Shotgun is being used in the new Oregon offense of 2018, similar to how it was run in …

The Arroyo Effect: Split Zone

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 5 Comments

With Coach Marcus Arroyo taking on duties as full-time offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks, I thought it would be worth continuing to look at a few plays he picked up with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. A play that I would love to see implement into the Oregon offense is a variation of the Split Zone that the Cowboys like …

The Oregon Defense: ZONE BLITZES

The Oregon Defense: ZONE BLITZES (18 Analyses) —1. Fish Report: Rose Bowl Zone Blitzes http://fishduck.com/2011/06/fish-report-rb-zone-blitzes/ Text Analysis  (Pictures to add and some work to do) Published 6-15-2011 In the days before the website FishDuck.com–articles such as this were available describing the Zone Blitzes done by Oregon in the Rose Bowl following the 2009 season. Directory: 8.0   —2. Oregon’s Hybrid …

Oregon Spread Offense: GAME PLANNING under Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost

Oregon Spread Offense: GAME PLANNING under Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost (31 Analyses)   —1.  The Fish Report: Rose Bowl Game Plan #1 http://fishduck.com/2011/12/fish-report-rose-bowl-game-plan-1-2/ Video Analysis Published 12-27-2011 In this video we’re going to have some fun looking back at some plays and formations to try to figure out what Chip Kelly might throw at Wisconsin.  We’ll look …

Oregon’s Spread Offense: PASSING GAME under Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost

Oregon’s Spread Offense: Passing Game under Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich and Scott Frost (27 Analyses)   To go back to the Analysis Library Index click here.   —1.  TAKE AND GIVE: Oregon’s Bubble Zone Read Philosophy http://fishduck.com/2013/06/take-and-give-oregons-bubble-zone-read-philosophy/ Text Analysis Published 6-25-2013 This is THE definitive analysis for understanding the Bubble Zone Read-a key component of the Oregon Offense.  For those …

Willie Taggart is NOT Ready for Florida State

Charles Fischer Editorials 53 Comments

Lost in all the discussion about Oregon Head Football Coach Willie Taggart possibly leaving to coach at Florida State is whether or not he is even ready for the job leading the Seminole program. I don’t think he is, and this article serves as a statement of my reasons why. I invite your feedback–the best group of Oregon fans out …

The Evolution of Coach Taggart’s SMASH-MOUTH Spread Offense

Coach Morris Analysis, Fish Reports, Understanding the Willie Taggart Oregon Spread Offense 5 Comments

My Friends, to better understand the new offense that Coach Willie Taggart is bringing to Oregon–it helps to have the Grizzled Ol’ Coach, Mike Morris, give us the basics of what to look for in this new and exciting offense that blends power, deception and speed. Read it slowly and digest the pieces as it is a valuable part of …

The Willie Taggart Offense: Oregon’s New Toss Read Play

Coach Eric Boles Analysis, Fish Reports, Understanding the Willie Taggart Oregon Spread Offense 2 Comments

A few things became crystal clear to me as I poured over hours of South Florida game footage from this past season. For starters, the offense is just plain cool. It’s a run-first system with a ton of variety and ingenuity to it. This offense is really fun to watch! It’s been said that while designing his spread offense, Willie …