Fish Report: Not the Usual Spring……

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

For over a dozen years now, I have been writing reports about Spring Football describing the blossoms coming out with the warmth of the sun thawing the slight chill in the air.  In so many ways….this is NOT the usual spring; this last week we had darkness and rainstorms in Eugene during the day that looked like late November, and …

The Fish Report: The Nobility of Heroes

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

(This is the last of the Summer Series of Fish Reports with Fall Camp starting next week.  It was an eventful summer as the Fish Report was the first from the web or any media source in the state to identify, describe, and announce the New 3-4 Defense that Oregon transitioned into this last year.  On offense, the Fish Report …

Fish Report: Spring Offense

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

What do I write about our offense this last spring that hasn’t already been written or commented upon?  I believe…quite a bit!  I got so focused upon the research project of the New Oregon Defense, and it took so much of my spare time, that I didn’t get to my usual wrap-up after the Spring Football game.  The last two …

The Fish Report: Spring Special Teams

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

Why so many “Fish Reports” lately?  I like to write when most are not, or about conclusions that I haven’t seen elsewhere, so I frequently let some time pass before applying my own analysis.  (or I’m waiting long enough for all of you to forget enough of the games to make you reluctant to disagree!)  My game-plan is to write …

The Fish Report: Final Pieces?

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

It was like the Boise State game…behind by at least ten points, with the home crowd stunning our team with their energy and the defense of that team stopping our running game.  Last year we had a QB who could not throw well in such an environment when we NEEDED to, and we didn’t even have a first down until …

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 …

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, …