The Fish Report: First Scrimmage

Charles Fischer Editorials

(Note: This is a time that the Oregon Athletic Dept. is concerned about too much disclosure in reports given to the public over the internet.  Note that I do NOT speak of injuries in my report, (I leave that in the good hands of Rob Moseley of the R-G who gets it straight from Chip) nor do I talk about …

The Fish Report: Competition Day II

Charles Fischer Editorials

Why would anyone want to play football anywhere but Oregon when you see another August day with 75 degrees, a breeze, and no humidity?  Get outta here!  You don’t get this and endure long winter months either…it is so temperate, and so lush and green unlike the fried brown states of SoCal, Arizona and Texas.  It doesn’t get any better …

The Fish Report: Competition Day

Charles Fischer Editorials

I’ve been to a ton of these over the last twenty-some years, and this practice did not stand out or provide much beyond what you have already read from the good updates we have been getting.  For the first day of pads…I was disappointed as the players appeared lethargic to me at times, although we did get some notable plays.  …

Fish Report: Oregon’s New Defense

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

What are we DOING on defense?  I have struggled trying to discern how the defense is different from past years, as I noted more blitzing and different defensive formations last season….but I did not know WHAT we were doing.  I’ve been writing reports for Spring and Fall Scrimmages for a dozen years and this was the first time watching spring …

The Fish Report: Second Scrimmage

Charles Fischer Editorials

The weather report for today was for sunshine and some clouds with a warming temperature that promised to take the rigid chill of winter away.  Yesterday gave us that warmth with blue skies in the background of some lovely pink flowering cherry trees.  Today—all we got was the promise; it started and remained in the low-forties, and the frigid breeze …

The Fish Report: Saturday Practice

Charles Fischer Editorials

We have the sun out, the ground wet, and blossoms emerging in Eugene Oregon, as I walk into the Mo Center for this first contact practice with pads.  The Sideline today was packed with High School coaches, fans, and some impressive HS players that were here for Junior Day.  I also noted outside that the mother Osprey was back with …

The Fish Report: A New Bowl Strategy?

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

We all marveled during the season at how the No-Huddle strategy combined with the Spread Offense could be so potent.  Teams such as USC that had double or triple the number of four and five star players on their rosters would take a lead on us—only to have it fade and lose by a substantial margin.  Talent became less the …

The Fish Report: First Spring Scrimmage

Charles Fischer Editorials

We know its spring with new blossoms, new buds on trees, and our Osprey friends nesting as usual in the corner of Autzen. The footballs are flying, so it has to be April—right? Baloney. It felt like a December Civil War game as that was one of the coldest scrimmages that I’ve ever been to and ill prepared for! My …

FishDuck, Why Are You Giving Away Oregon’s Secrets?

Charles Fischer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

We have not been learning from the Sportscasters on TV, radio, internet, or newspapers about the offense up to this point.  They have mentioned the “Zone Read” because it is the catchword, but NONE yet (as of August of 2011) have identified or explained the two basic plays of Inside Zone Read, and Outside Zone Read that the offense revolves …

Fish Report: RB Zone Blitzes

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

Remember the joy of massive discovery?  Going down the candy isle as a kid for the first time….seeing all the pretty girls at your first junior high dance…..or being thrilled to the thousands of apps available on your new cell phone?  With Zone Blitzes….I’m there baby!  Going back over Oregon’s Season revealed some wondrous new defensive strategies that I just …

The Fish Report: Mysteries of our Offense

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

(Note: Between the report about the New Oregon Defense in June, and this one on the major plays of the Offense…you could read and learn in 45 minutes (between the two reports) what took me 50-60 hours to research and figure out.  This is the perfect time before the football season to learn the basics of Oregon Offense and Defense, …