The Oregon Offense Finally Pulls Its Head out of …

Darren Perkins Editorials 69 Comments

… of the sand. What’d y’all think I was gonna’ say? After the Ducks came out throwing to start Friday night’s game against Colorado, ESPN color commentator (and former UW QB) Brock Huard repeatedly kept making the point of how the Ducks needed to establish the run. He emphasized that running is this team’s identity, as they have been formed …

Could a “Minor” Coaching Hire Save the Oregon Offense?

Darren Perkins Editorials 107 Comments

The offensive coaching staff was the biggest disappointment of the Ducks’ 2018 season. Some of you will hem and haw and throw out lame excuses like, “they need time to adjust to a new system,” or, “the wide receivers were sub-par,” or even, “a coach needs four years to get his system in place.” You get four years when you’re …

The Oregon Offense: The Power Concept

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 9 Comments

One of a few aspects of the Oregon Ducks offense that seemed unusual to me, as the season progressed, was the lack of gap schemes. Not to say there weren’t any, but for a team that was thought to be a power run team, the scarcity of these plays was puzzling. That was until Oregon’s game against the Arizona State …

Coach Boles’ Extra Point: Oregon’s Rushing Attack

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 22 Comments

I’ve seen a lot of discussion over the last few weeks about why the Oregon Ducks are not putting up the kind of rushing numbers this season that they traditionally have. The two areas that are super easy for fans to grab at are scheme and play calling. Any time the offense has a letdown in the scoring column, you’ll be sure to …

Beating Washington: Is the Impact Primarily Symbolic or Substantive?

Charles Fischer Editorials 59 Comments

“I am relieved that I can now wear my purple ties again.” Through the dozen-year streak of beating the bastard Huskies, I have had many ask how I could wear a purple tie to the office. My answer was always delivered with a smile: I would say that, “it is a benign color to me now!” Not so for the …

Stanford Final Thoughts; Looking Ahead to Cal

Darren Perkins Editorials 35 Comments

We all know how agonizing last week’s loss to Stanford was, but a lot of good came out of a tough night Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Oregon’s easy non-conference slate offered a chance for the Ducks to fine-tune things and answer some key questions. Unfortunately, on the offensive side of ball, the nonconference slate not only left some questions unanswered, but raised even more. Against Stanford, the Oregon …

Coach’s Analysis: Learning Moments for Young Ducks vs. PSU

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 16 Comments

The only things that marred the Ducks’ decisive win over Portland State last Saturday were a blocked extra point, a roughing the kicker penalty, a face mask penalty, a roughing the passer penalty and for the second straight game, a substitution penalty which was blamed on the coaching staff. Otherwise, it was a country whupping and the Vikings were never …

Coach’s Analysis: Ducks Smash Bowling Green, 58-24

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 28 Comments

Mario Cristobal notched his first win as the head coach for Oregon, a 58-24 thrashing of the out-manned Bowling Green Falcons. The game was also the end of a nine-game losing streak to teams from Ohio and perhaps the beginning of a streak that might stretch beyond one game. Quarterback Justin Herbert began to make his case for Heisman consideration, …

Why Oregon needs a Signature Win!

Steven Smith Editorials 39 Comments

Oregon’s football season is now just days away! The long wait is nearly over.  Expectations are high for Our Heroes. Every team is undefeated now, with visions of grandeur and — of course — championships. The harsh reality for those 129 programs is that only one will obtain the brass ring. Getting to the Penthouse requires building and taking the …

The New Oregon Offense: Heavy Packages

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 20 Comments

There are a couple of areas that the Oregon Ducks are certainly emphasizing under Coach Mario Cristobal. The first is a physical run game, a main component of offseason work. Yes, Oregon is still going to run all of the things that propelled them to the upper echelon of the college football world, but when push comes to shove, the staff wants to …