What ABOUT Running the QB out of a NEW PISTOL Formation?

Charles Fischer Analysis 26 Comments

My friends, let’s accomplish a “two-fer” in this article and dispel two questions that Oregon fans (some that read this site too) have been articulating. The videos will be short and easy to watch, and the text is purposely going to be quick and to-the-point. Learning something new for discussion will never be easier than in this analysis! The first …

Coach Ken Woody: Breaking Down the New Oregon Offense

Coach Ken Woody Coach's Opinion 5 Comments

Oregon’s offense has started with a flash and struggled in the second half of all three victories. Play selection has come under criticism for becoming too conservative, but the young offensive line has failed to sustain dominance while quarterback Justin Herbert has been out of sync, particularly in Laramie’s hostile environment in the win over Wyoming. The question is: How …

Scouting a Duck: What Should NFL Scouts Think of Jake Fisher?

Joe Kearns Analysis 0 Comments

Although Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy in 2014, it is not a stretch to say the man protecting his blind side saved the Ducks’ playoff hopes. Jake Fisher was not supposed to be Oregon’s left tackle last year. However, an ACL injury to the slated left tackle Tyler Johnstone forced Fisher’s move from right tackle to left, where he had …

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 …

Chip Kelly, Brad Smith and the Wildcat

Joe Kearns Analysis 2 Comments

It was Dec. 1, 2013. With the score at 7-7 in the second quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles marched to the Arizona Cardinals’ 6-yard line. It was at this moment when Chip Kelly unveiled a surprising wrinkle.                     If Nick Foles was there, who was lined up as quarterback? Meet Brad Smith. …

Oregon Devises an Inside Zone Read “Counter” Play!

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 0 Comments

From Video How many times after this last game did you hear media sources other than EugeneDailyNews/FishDuck.com declare that, “the Ducks limited Mariota’s running opportunities.”  Or “the Inside Zone Read play is bottled up!”  How many of them actually know what they are talking about or can prove those assertions?  Unfortunately most of them are parroting what they have heard …

The Oregon Classic: The Inside Zone Read

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 1 Comment

It makes sense in our offseason to look again at the play that the entire Oregon offense is centered around, and the video that has been seen by so many coaches and fans worldwide over the last year and a half.  Has it been awhile?  Watch again and remember the fine points that make the Inside Zone Read so important to Oregon, …

Oregon Has A Counter Play After All!

Josh Schlichter Fish Reports 2 Comments

Read, react, adjust: that’s probably the fastest way to summarize the inner mechanisms of Oregon’s increasingly deceptive and effective play calling.  With defenses constantly finding new ways to attack and defend the Duck offense, reading each scheme and then reacting to the defenders is hard enough on every down; but what Oregon fans have learned over the past four years …

Chip Kelly’s “No-Read” Inside Zone Play

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 8 Comments

The Chip Kelly Oregon spread offense is NOT zone reading on some plays?  This offense is known for the infamous read option of a defensive lineman or linebacker as we fans work to determine who is getting zone read on a particular play.  It seems that sometimes we are not reading or optioning anyone, yet the results on these plays …

Chip Kelly’s Surprise “Throwback” Fiesta Bowl Strategy

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 14 Comments

Chip surprised both the Wildcats and me in this game!  A major component of what makes Chip Kelly so successful is not just how he coaches the spread offense and runs a rapid “no-huddle” tempo, but also how he brings something new to nearly every game he coaches.  It is the last major area the media have not understood or covered, …