Taggart’s Accountability and Fear: MUSTS For a Great Coach

Coach Morris Advice for the Coaches, Coach's Opinion 10 Comments

This article will be mainly conceptual – not anecdotal.  I wrote a book with dozens of  stories to illustrate the concepts I’m going to talk about here.  But this isn’t the place to cite a lot of those anecdotes.  Mike Morris (Grizzled Ol’ Coach) My concept is stated in my title.  It’s based on 30 years of being a high …

Oregon Football: Time to Wake the Sleeping Giant

Marc Burton Editorials 19 Comments

The end for Mark Helfrich was written long before the second half rains in Corvallis washed away any hope of his redemption. There was no artistry to that second half bludgeoning by Oregon State. No intricate scheme or innovation was required. It was straight ahead football, 27 consecutive running plays by the Beavers, and the Ducks had no answers … …

On Oregon, Culture and the Revenge of Riley

D. Louis Thornton Editorials 6 Comments

The Ducks of Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich won the Civil War game over Mike Riley 8 straight years, including twice (2008 and 2009) denying the Beavers their first Rose Bowl invitation since 1957.  As soon as Riley took the Nebraska job and the home and home with Oregon was scheduled, I am sure the date was circled on Riley’s calendar. …

‘Next Man Up’ at Oregon … or Helfrich for 2017?

Matt Bryant Editorials 14 Comments

2016 is in the books. Should the rebuild begin under Mark Helfrich or somebody new? I would like nothing more than to wake up today and get a blaring headline that Rob Mullens has pulled the trigger and followed the University of Texas to become one of two formerly elite programs ready to rebuild. In theory, Oregon had the purse power to …

Has Oregon Killed Chip Kelly’s Offense?

David Miller Editorials 13 Comments

There’s no questioning that Chip Kelly revolutionized not just the Oregon offense, but college football itself. While Mark Helfrich largely sustained that offensive success with quarterback Marcus Mariota, since he left for the NFL we have seen gradual changes to the Oregon offense. The question today, as Oregon struggles on all fronts, is, are we witnessing the demise of the …

Find “The One” and #FireHelfrich

Matt Bryant Editorials 30 Comments

Oregon’s 20-year football nadir has produced three factions on this site. It is no secret that I belong to the outnumbered Root-and-Branch faction. As difficult as may be for some to hear, in this camp we’ve forecasted that Mark Helfrich will fail and have begun calling for new leadership to reverse the degradation to Oregon’s erstwhile winning culture. Then there …

Oregon Football 2016: Chip’s Guys Quit

Mike Merrell Editorials 20 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Amid the controversy of why and how to fix it, there’s one thing we can all agree on: Oregon football 2016 sucks. “Why” is no doubt complicated. If we want to be simplistic, we can just blame the coaches and join the witch hunt. Reality, however, is more complicated than that. Personally, I subscribe to the “perfect …

Oregon’s Niche in the Cycle of Pac-12 Football Dominance

David Miller Editorials 5 Comments

Over the past 50 years or so there have been many great teams in the Pac-8/10/12, but only a few teams have risen to the top to dominate the conference over an extended time period. There are common threads among the teams that dominated and unique outliers as well. Coaching, a matter of “no small disturbance” in Oregon right now …

Oregon’s Football SOS – Iceberg Dead Ahead!

Matt Bryant Editorials 12 Comments

Chip Kelly may be the next Pete Carroll. And by that I mean he will likely be fired soon from the pro ranks. Carroll failed to impress during his first at-bat (6-10, NY Jets, 1994) and boasted only slightly better success during his second attempt at the Patriot’s helm, which ended after his 8-8 finish in the 1999 season. Fourteen …

Five Losses? Or Five Wins? The High Stakes for Mark Helfrich and Oregon Football

Matt Bryant Editorials 15 Comments

Readers: Every writer on FishDuck.com is allowed to express their opinion in their articles. However, articles do not represent the views of the other writers, editors, coaching consultants, management, or the principals at FishDuck.com    Charles Fischer I never say “I told you so” and I don’t like people who do. But I told you so. I didn’t put any money on yesterday’s …

The Path to Glory Is Covered in Blue-Blood

Matt Bryant Editorials 11 Comments

There’s been a lot of grousing about preseason rankings and critics. When did Ducks fans develop such a thin skin? Rather than pound the table, I say bring it on. To the national pundits we’re known as the Blur or Track Town, USA. Speed may impress, but it doesn’t always earn long-term respect. We hear it all the time. They …

Blasphemy! Coach Helfrich Is NOT Running the Chip Kelly Offense?!

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports 18 Comments

The stunning preseason predictions from Pac-12 sports journalists have placed Oregon third, or even as low as fourth (courtesy of Sports Illustrated) in the North division, let alone the entire conference. For long-term Oregon fans, this is scarcely believable; how can the first nine-win season in nearly a decade of double-digit wins be the inception of upcoming mediocrity for Duck football? The answer from many …