The Mario Cristobal/Marcus Arroyo Offense: Oregon Running the Stretch Concept

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 18 Comments

In the last couple weeks we have learned that Oregon’s offense going forward is going to be a mixture of what Willie Taggart brought from South Florida and the offense new play caller Marcus Arroyo helped orchestrate at Oklahoma State, with wrinkles from head coach Mario Cristobal’s days at Alabama. One of those Crimson Tide concepts is the Stretch running play. First things first, I’m going to …

Next Oregon Head Coach: The Case For Kevin Sumlin

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This week has been a gut punch to the University of Oregon and its community. I know as well as any just how tough things have been with Willie Taggart deciding to take the Florida State head coaching position. I have defended Taggart a good number of times in my articles this season. I’ve defended his play-calling when it was …

Power on the Edge: Buck Sweep in the Willie Taggart Offense

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With it being a bye week for the Oregon Ducks, I have decided to go back a couple weeks and take a look at a play Oregon used against the Utah Utes. The play is Buck Sweep, often referenced by Mr. FishDuck on the site as the Sweep Read. This is a play Gus Malzahn has famously run at Auburn; former Duck …

First Growth Spurt: Burmeister Shows Progress

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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 …

Growing Up Is Painful: Burmeister a Work in Progress

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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 …

Feet Into Yards: Taggart Makes a Smart Move With Herbert

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Something became somewhat obvious in Oregon’s first two games. Then it became crystal clear against Wyoming: Coach Taggart is going to utilize Justin Herbert’s running ability, no matter how some think the quarterback should and should not be used. Honestly, it’s a smart move. When I say that Taggart is going to use Herbert in the run game, I don’t mean this …

The Counter Trey Arrives at Autzen

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 10 Comments

The wait was finally over. It was time to see what these Ducks had, after grinding through the rigors of the offseason under the command of new head coach Willie Taggart. Ducks football had arrived at Autzen, and so had the Counter Trey. The Counter Trey is something we have touched on here at FishDuck, with Coach Morris leading us through …

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 …