Ducks (Coaches and Players) Need to Focus Against Arizona

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 14 Comments

Last week, the Ducks came to Seattle to play tough, hard-nosed football and scored on their first possession for a 3-0 lead. After stopping the Huskies on their next possession, they marched down the field only to fumble on UW’s 16-yard line. This mistake was the first of many to follow that would undo the Ducks, mistakes they could not …

FRACTURED: How one Injury Undermined the 2017 Oregon Ducks Football Rebuild

David Miller Editorials 35 Comments

Momentum is the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity. Momentum. Velocity. Mass. All factors that led to the Ducks losing four out of the last five games, and three straight losses. As Justin Herbert stretched across the goal line against California, a slightly late defender who’d already committed his energy …

Husky Nightmare Over; Time to Heal for Arizona

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 10 Comments

After a five-week glimpse of medieval offensive football, many Oregon fans are looking forward to quarterback Justin Herbert’s return at the helm of the Ducks offensive. The latest indignity was a 38-3 thrashing at the hands of Washington that conjured up visions of last year’s 70-21 humiliation. In both years, Huskies coach Chris Petersen mercifully called off the players in the …

Ducks Don’t Play to Win and Get Romped

Darren Perkins Editorials 54 Comments

Good ole’ figures of speech such as “going down swinging,” “take a roll of the dice” and “gotta’ be in it to win it” didn’t apply to the Ducks on Saturday. The Ducks offense was the equivalent of a baseball team whose batters stood at the plate all game long with the bat firmly resting on their shoulders. They were …

First Growth Spurt: Burmeister Shows Progress

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 8 Comments

Against the Utah Utes, we didn’t have to wait very long to see where Braxton Burmeister’s game has improved. On the first drive of the game we saw a good amount of growth in the passing game from the young quarterback. In this analysis, we  take a look at four plays in the game’s opening drive that show how Braxton is …

Punchless Ducks Up Against the Ropes

Darren Perkins Editorials 40 Comments

It could have been worse. It could have been 2007, on the heels of Dennis Dixon’s knee injury against Arizona, when the Ducks stumbled into the Rose Bowl and couldn’t score a point, losing 16-0 to a hapless and free-falling UCLA. Though the Ducks had national championship aspirations that year, which had vanished in Tucson the week before, they still …

Stanford Defeat Seems Like Last Year — Explosive Bruins Wait Their Turn

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 24 Comments

Since the loss of quarterback Justin Herbert, long-suffering Duck fans have watched Oregon’s offense curl up and wither. Still “PTSD’d” from the Alamo Bowl two years ago, it has blurred the brighter, optimistic future that was on the horizon. After Braxton Burmeister threw two interceptions, Coach Willie Taggart threw away his pass play sheet and decided he would attempt a comeback …

Growing Up Is Painful: Burmeister a Work in Progress

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 13 Comments

It hasn’t been pretty. It rarely is. Braxton Burmeister is a true freshman quarterback thrust into a starting role before he’s ready for the speed and complexity of the college game, and he has looked the part. This whole situation really started to take shape in the spring. Oregon had good depth at quarterback going into the 2017 season, and …

The Stanford FishWrap: Some Positives, and Taggart’s Learning Curve

Charles Fischer Editorials 84 Comments

I hope that readers understand the dilemma that I am in, because if I point out any negative at all — even when the majority of the article is positive — I am described as “bitter” and “going negative” on Oregon. Yet if I leave out the negative? I am regarded as a “homer” and “sunshine pumper.” Since I can’t …

Ducks Can’t Catch Cougars; Stanford Looms Ahead

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 18 Comments

Oregon, behind backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister, hung with the Washington State Cougars for three quarters but subsequently went down, 33-10, a score that might have been 49-10 if it weren’t for stellar play by the Duck defense. Burmeister wasn’t given much of a game plan by coach Willie Taggart, but that may not have mattered based on the poor play …

Ducks’ Season Becomes One Big “What Might Have Been”

Darren Perkins Editorials 45 Comments

Protect the quarterback. It’s Football 101. It’s football gospel. If football had ten commandments it would be etched into one of two stone tablets, just like the original Ten Commandments. But apparently protecting the quarterback in Eugene has gone the way of that mysterious 3rd tablet, as illustrated by the classic Mel Brooks movie The History of the World:   …