Secondary Under Fire: The Present-versus-Past Analysis of the Oregon Defense

Evan Markel Analysis, Fish Reports 3 Comments

In last week’s analysis I investigated Oregon’s yards allowed per play, an important statistic by which defenses are measured. Although important, however, yards per play does not define a defense. So this week I continue on my quest to discover how the Oregon defense has evolved over the past decade. In future articles I intend to compare Oregon’s defense to other …

Oregon Analysis: Weird Cal Surprises and Season Finish

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports 2 Comments

This has truly been a season of unpredictability. The Cal game turned out much different than I thought it would a month, hell, even a week ago. The good news is that things appear to be trending positively, as we all witnessed the improvement on both sides of the ball against the Golden Bears. I found some other improvements within …

Why not play Morgan Mahalak NOW?

Charles Fischer Editorials 19 Comments

In the tradition of FishDuck.com articles that make you ponder, I ask Duck fans to address questions concerning a quarterback at Oregon most have already written off: Morgan Mahalak. You will learn some new things here, and they have not come from an interview with Morgan, but from snippets of interviews with other Oregon players who have happened to mention him. There are …

An Oregon Innovation: the Quarterback Power Play!

Charles Fischer Analysis 0 Comments

Can we learn from a tough loss? In the case of last Saturday’s game, absolutely – especially with an opponent as talented as Michigan State. The Oregon game plan featured a new play variation of the new Oregon Power Play featured last week: a Quarterback Power Play. It sounds odd, considering Oregon QB Vernon Adams is on the smaller side, but let’s look …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Oregon Can’t Beat Ohio State

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 8 Comments

Did it start in 2012 when the Ohio State Buckeyes robbed the Oregon Ducks of highly touted all-purpose back Dontre Wilson right under their noses? Or did it begin before that when Ohio State out-recruited Oregon for top high school prospects? Either way, the 2015 recruiting class will not be different, with the Buckeyes winning this contest by a large margin …

Past Play Reappears: Oregon’s Mid-Line Zone Read!

Charles Fischer Analysis 5 Comments

Head Coach Mark Helfrich has brought new life to older plays in the Oregon playbook, but few are as odd as the Mid-Line Zone Read play. It seems to violate what we have learned about the Zone Read at Oregon, and it is a play that we rarely see. Readers of these Tuesday analyses are becoming as amused as I …

Analysis of the Buffs’ West Coast Offense

Rory Davidson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Ever since Colorado has become part of the Pac-12, it has been the laughing stock of the league, going only 4-31 in conference play and being outscored by an average score of 43.5-21.5. The fact that Colorado is still without a win in league play, despite having its best team since becoming part of the Pac-12, speaks to just how good …

Oregon “Bangs, Bends, and Bounces” the NEW Inside Zone Read past Stanford

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 5 Comments

Oregon has changed its foundation play, the Inside Zone Read, from how they ran it three years ago! I covered part of it in a recent discussion about the components of the Pistol offense being added to Oregon Spread Offense, but we need something that covers this essential play from the perspective of how Duck running backs learn to read …

No. 1-Ranked Texas Bullets Build Powerhouse With Oregon’s Blueprint

Adam Sharp Advice for the Coaches 4 Comments

After three consecutive turnovers on the first three drives, the Texas Bullets stood calmly on the sideline knowing that this was it. Down 10-0 to the back-to-back league champion and current national champion North Texas Longhorns, this was not the start to the Bullets’ first shot at a championship we had dreamed about for the past seven years. John McGuire’s …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Best Recruiting Class Yet?

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

It was brought to my attention when cornerback James Locke and quarterback Travis Waller both committed to Oregon on July 1 of this year, that the Ducks reached a new recruiting standard. Recent history has proven that Oregon has not been really aggressive with getting verbal commitments early in the recruiting process. Going back as far as 2002 and probably …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Spring Cleaning

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

The off season for the Oregon Ducks football team has proven to be a little hectic, causing some fans to wonder what will happen to their favored program. With the unusual amount of transfers and departures in the off season, there are going to be questions about the depth of talent and concerns with the coaches retaining the scholarship players. I’m …

FishDuck Post-Bowl Commentary

Charles Fischer Editorials 6 Comments

I hesitate to state that Oregon’s Alamo Bowl was tainted, but it had to generate the most ambivalence of any Duck football post-season game I’ve watched.  I can’t decide if I’m excited or forlorn, which is a curious state in and of itself, for a fan as intense as I — and what you deserve.  Tuesday morning is generally when my analysis …