The Five Stages of Oregon Fan Grief – The 2016 Football Season in Review

David Miller History from 2016 13 Comments

We can point to just a few plays this last season that would have resulted in a winning record, a bowl game and likely the extension of the Mark Helfrich era (for better or worse). Let’s look at the season and our five stages of fan grief: sadness, depression, denial, disbelief, and finally, blame. To say this last season was …

Which Quarterback Can Pick Up the Pace?

Amanda Brenner Analysis 5 Comments

After their fourth loss of the season, it is clear Oregon is in a rebuilding year. The defense is currently ranked 117th in the nation. And while this accounts for a lot of Oregon’s recent woes, quarterback Dakota Prukop’s underwhelming performance might also have something to do with it. His overall numbers through his first five games have been decent, but …

Are the 2016 Oregon Ducks a Lost Cause?

David Miller Editorials 17 Comments

Is this season a lost cause? Many fans are already asking the question, just five games into a 12-game season. The struggles have been well documented. The defense not getting any consistent pressure, the linebackers out of position, missed tackles at every level. The offense humming one minute, then pedestrian the next. Repeated attempts to run up the middle despite …

Forget Duck Season. It’s Open Season on Feet!

Mike Merrell Editorials 5 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Any team this determined to shoot itself in the foot should not wear fluorescent orange shoes. It makes it just too easy. They should wear green shoes that match the color of the turf. Or if they HAVE to be exotic, they could go with camo. Anything to give the poor feet a sporting chance. Besides that …

Prukop, Carrington, Nelson and Brooks-James: Pac-12 Championship Is Still in Play

Kellen Garrett Editorials 4 Comments

Oregon lost last Saturday. They lost the game, a starting wide receiver and the blindside protection for Dakota Prukop. The Ducks lost a lot – but they did not lose the season. The next few months appear to be headed in one of two ways. At times, the Ducks certainly look like a team that could lose more than four …

Three Things the Ducks Can Do To Avoid Getting Embarrassed in Conference Play

Jay Garnett Editorials 9 Comments

Saturday’s loss to Nebraska has me conflicted. The optimist in me wants to look at this game as a learning experience for a young football team that will propel it forward to a satisfying, if not wholly victorious, end to the season. The pessimist has other ideas. My optimism wants to tell my pessimism to go jump in a lake. …

Three Keys To Win the Day for Oregon

Kellen Garrett Editorials 1 Comment

With the exception of a few lightning-in-a-bottle plays, the only thing electric on the field Saturday night was the Ducks‘ yellow uniforms. Against an over matched Virginia Cavalier team, the offense looked anemic in the second half, and the defense was pedestrian for most of the game. The victory was hardly ever in doubt, but with the clock winding down …

Huskies: # 8 in Nation or # 8 in Pac-12?

Mike Merrell Editorials 24 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out After a rousing win over the Idaho Vandals this past weekend, our purple friends of the north moved up two places in the Coaches Poll to the # 9 slot, while maintaining the # 8 position in the AP Poll. Oregon continues to get mixed, minced, sliced, diced and chewed for imperfections, but the pollsters just keep …

Should Oregon Forfeit a Season to Groom the next QB?

David Miller Editorials 10 Comments

For the second consecutive season the Ducks are being led not by someone recruited to Oregon, but by a transfer. Not by someone who came in as a 17 or 18-year-old who learned the system from the ground up. Not by someone who’s knowledge of the Oregon offense was built systematically, step-by-step, day-by-day, little-by-little, until it became second nature. No, …

Ducks’ Football Future Will Have to Wait

Jay Garnett Editorials 9 Comments

For the second year in a row, much to the dismay of national pundits and a segment of the Ducks’ own fan base, Oregon‘s prolific offense will be led by a graduate transfer. With last week’s release of the two-deep depth chart, Oregon’s closely-watched quarterback battle was officially decided (for the opener, at least). Montana State’s Dakota Prukop, one of …

Ultimate Dis: ESPN’S Todd McShay Says Oregon Was 7-6 in 2015

Mike Merrell Editorials 15 Comments

This isn’t a case of man love, but you’ve got to admit that ESPN’s Todd McShay is one handsome dude. That suit he’s wearing had to cost more than my entire clothing budget for the century so far. McShay is a former college quarterback. It was at the University of Richmond where he served on the scout team before a …

UW’s Petersen on the Hot Seat?

Mike Merrell Editorials 26 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out As reported by ESPN at the recent Pac-12 Media Days, Washington coach Chris Petersen turned the tables and begged the dogs — to not get their expectations up too high. It’s not false modesty. It’s an honest assessment from the one insider who knows the Huskies best. Petersen also knows that man’s level of satisfaction relates highly …