Moorhead Teases Offensive Revival at Oregon

Joshua Whitted Editorials 61 Comments

Read options, designed quarterback runs, multi-level RPOs, numerous deep passes … are we sure the team that wore green and yellow at Autzen last Saturday was Mario Cristobal’s Oregon Ducks? The Ducks’ offense still has the same ground-and-pound mentality that head coach Cristobal loves, but for the first time in a while, Oregon’s offense feels … creative. It has only …

Mario Cristobal: The Commander-in-Chief of Oregon Football

David Marsh Editorials 29 Comments

There are two types of head coaches. First there are the field-commanders, who call the plays from the sideline. Oregon fans are familiar with this style of coaching, as Chip Kelly is the definition of field-commander. These coaches tend to be the flashy innovators of the sport, and Kelly’s time at Oregon exemplified this. Then there are the commander-in-chief head …

Was the Rose Bowl Just the Beginning for Oregon?

Jeremy Mosier Editorials 38 Comments

Ten years ago, Oregon burst onto the national scene with an offense that had never been seen before. The Ducks used warp-speed tempo, multiple formations and unconventional schemes that had defenses scrambling to line up before the snap. From 2009-2014, the Ducks appeared in two National Championship Games and four Pac-12 Championship Games while winning two of three Rose Bowl …

Forget Next Year: Oregon CAN Win the Natty in 2020

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Chip Kelly arrived in Eugene as a virtual unknown from the University of New Hampshire. From 2007 to 2012, Kelly changed the landscape of college football with his blur offense, transforming Oregon into a national title contender in the process. Following a lull under Mark Helfrich and Willie Taggart, Mario Cristobal started restoring dreams of a “Natty” in 2018, inciting FishDuck’s …

The Joe Moorhead Offense: The “Duo” Run Play

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Sometimes in football, the best plays are the most simple plays. That just happens to be the case for a run scheme called “duo.” Coach Joe Moorhead has utilized the duo concept during his time with the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  He will almost certainly bring the play to the Oregon Ducks offense. Duo is also …

Joe Moorhead’s Power Dart Read and Power Dart RPO

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Imagine being a linebacker tasked with making a split-second choice between taking on Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell as a pulling tackle or trying to cover a speedy receiver like Mycah Pittman or Jaylon Redd out of the slot. The RPO (Run, Pass, Option) is an offensive scheme that mixes together different run and pass options based on defensive alignment …

Oregon’s New OC Joe Moorhead: Speculation Time Around the “Hot Stove”

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The period before spring training begins MLB is sometimes referred to as the “hot stove” time. The season is late winter with spring and baseball just around the corner. There’s little happening for avid fans beyond sitting by the fire and speculating about the season to come. That’s the same place we Ducks Football fans find ourselves in. Some hot …

The Joe Moorhead Offense: The Shovel Option RPO

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When Coach Joe Moorhead was hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks, folks started to wonder how often the quarterback would run in the new system. Some believed that the coaching staff would continue to curb the number of QB carries, while others believed that the end-of-season success with zone reads signaled a change. We would later …

Optimism Returns to the Oregon Offense

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When Mario Cristobal took over as head coach two years ago, fans were excited about his insistence on getting bigger and tougher on the offensive line. Oregon was going to play a more physical, SEC brand of football. Many had visions of a high-flying Chip Kelly-type offense, complemented with pounding it in the trenches and controlling the clock. Maybe it …