The Oregon Offense: Arroyo’s Slot Outs Concept

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 41 Comments

There are a lot of misconceptions about Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo’s passing game. Fans incorrectly label his strategies as “predictable” or “contrived,” when in reality, there’s a level of creativity to many of them. This week, let’s return to the offensive side of the ball and dispel the myths about Arroyo’s passing offense. Over the next handful of articles, I …

The New Oregon Defense: Quarters Coverage

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 23 Comments

New Oregon Duck defensive coordinator Andy Avalos prefers that his defense stay multiple and mix up its coverages, but quarters coverage may be his most dependable scheme on the back end. Avalos plays quarters in a more aggressive fashion, allowing his corners to play closer to the line of scrimmage in order to jam receivers and knock them off their routes … Liberals and Conservatives: Where are we GOING?

Charles Fischer Editorials 76 Comments

This article is about liberals and conservatives, but we won’t be discussing politics. Instead, we’ll be pondering all the different types of people that come to this site. We have readers in both political parties in varying degrees of intensity, as well as quite a cross-section of ages. I received a phone call from an 11-year-old in Brooklyn recently, and …

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 …

Let’s Discuss! Arizona State Game–Before, During and After!

Charles Fischer Editorials 30 Comments

My friends… we have had great fun discussing our Beloved Ducks after the games over the last month in the comments below the articles. I thought I would start it early — for those who want to weigh in before the game, during the game, and after the game. Like before — this discussion will continue into Sunday and I …

Oregon Speed with Brute Force: Cristobal or Frost First to Get There?

Walter Gray Editorials 36 Comments

BRUTAL SPEED: A Marriage Made in Heaven?  Mario Cristobal and Nebraska’s Scott Frost have expressed remarkably similar strategies to pursue a national championship. This season, the two coaches plan to deliver two what-should-be-fascinating examples of combining Oregon speed and tempo tactics with brute-force football learned at Alabama and Nebraska. The goal: punish your opponents with dominating physicality, while simultaneously dazzling them …

The Oregon Offense: The H-Back Position

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 28 Comments

When running a spread offense that utilizes a power run game, the H-Back position is key. The position opens up a variety of possibilities in the run game that are not usually afforded the offense with an in-line tight end. The position was used some during the Chip Kelly/Mark Helfrich era, but was a staple of the offense that Willie …

Why Oregon will NOT Finish in the 2019 Recruiting Top Ten

Charles Fischer Editorials 37 Comments

No, my friends, the title is not “clickbait.” What I wrote is true. You all are acquainted with me well enough by now to know that I am frequently guilty of sizzling titles, but I also back them up with facts and reasoned arguments. I do not present a title to lure a reader in and then pull the bait-and-switch …

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 …

Photo of Scott Frost sitting next to Nebraska AD Bill Moos.

CLEVER CORNHUSKERS? Mike Riley a Placeholder for Scott Frost?

Walter Gray Editorials 20 Comments

Agony & Ecstasy in Cornhusker Land  Full disclosure: I moved to Nebraska in 2016 to marry my wife Debra. My mom was born and raised in Nebraska and was a Big Red fan; but I never lived here and had only an occasional interest in the Huskers.  The “Agony“? The Mike Riley Years, Of Course.  By the end of the …