Predicting Every Game: Ducks Go 10-2 Plus Win the Alamo Bowl

Darren Perkins Editorials 10 Comments

Sure, the Ducks should be better in 2017. But 10 wins? No way. Yes, Willie Taggart has brought the enthusiasm, the recruiting magic, the superb coaching staff and the Harbaugh moxie (Jim took Michigan from 5-7 to 10-3 in his first season). He may well be the next “it” coach. But it sounds as if the overly optimistic author of …

The Willie Taggart Oregon Fans Don’t Know

Coach John Edge Coach's Opinion, What Coaches say about Oregon Football 11 Comments

In my college football playing days, we were once in an incredible finish to a game. My college team was undefeated the year before, and our opponent was recovering from hard times. Yet we were in double overtime in this contest. They had an amazingly fast, tough and athletic quarterback, who had chewed us up for 181 yards running their Mid-Line …

From Coach Ruskin: Comparing and Contrasting P.J. Fleck and Willie Taggart

Coach Ruskin Fiegenbaum Coach's Opinion 14 Comments

The cool thing about a coaching search for your favorite football team is it tests what you as a coach, or fan, hold as your priorities for a coach. Generally, there are three types of coaches: The CEO type recruits well, sets the general culture of the program and delegates. A good CEO Coach hires coordinators they trust and then delegates the …

Mark Helfrich: Lost Along the Oregon Trail

Marc Burton Editorials 35 Comments

Mark Helfrich and Oregon football 2016: So much written, so much argued, so much uncertainty. Amidst the turmoil, one thing is clear: The program now stands at a critical crossroads and turns taken here … or not taken … will shape Ducks athletics for many years to come. In short, the Roman Empire is falling and we must decide: Have …

The Path to Glory Is Covered in Blue-Blood

Matt Bryant Editorials 11 Comments

There’s been a lot of grousing about preseason rankings and critics. When did Ducks fans develop such a thin skin? Rather than pound the table, I say bring it on. To the national pundits we’re known as the Blur or Track Town, USA. Speed may impress, but it doesn’t always earn long-term respect. We hear it all the time. They …

Oh How we Love to Learn About Our Beloved…San Francisco 49ers?

Kim Hastings FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Its Super Bowl Sunday tomorrow, friends.  The only game of the year where the pregame is roughly three times the length of the game and your wife shushes you so she can hear the commercials.  It’s the game that sells more beer than any other five games put together and you can bet on whether Beyonce will show cleavage during …

Next Man Up: How Coaches Replaced Legends

Nathan Roholt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Next man up.  That mantra doesn’t apply only to the roster, it applies to Oregon’s coaching staff as well.  1977 was the last time the Ducks didn’t hire their previous offensive coordinator to fill their head coaching vacancy.  On Sunday, Mark Helfrich became the latest one to follow that path, and in doing so allowed a staff that had previously …