Cristobal’s Offensive Vision Isn’t as Crazy as You Think

Joshua Whitted Editorials 44 Comments

In today’s era of high-scoring, fast-paced offensive football, the last thing fans want to see is an offense that turns back the clock with slow, unexciting power football. When Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal announced that the Ducks’ offense would be centered around a physical, downhill rushing offense, the Oregon faithful went into a frenzy. Fans feared the worst, expecting …

Ducks Could Set Team Record in 2021 NFL Draft

Darren Perkins Editorials 36 Comments

LSU dominated the 2020 NFL Draft with 14 picks that led all the NCAA and set the Southeastern Conference record for most draft picks. The record previously belonged to Alabama’s 2018 class that saw 12 players selected in the draft. This year’s LSU class also tied Ohio State for the most picks by one school since the NFL Draft moved …

Recruiting Update: The (Walking) Dead Period Continues

Mark Flores Recruiting 26 Comments

We’re living in unprecedented times. Major college sports recruiting is a multi-million dollar business in that a recruit’s eventual signature can lead to unprecedented revenue for a given school through on-field performance. Ticket sales, revenue sharing from tournaments, and brand recognition all stand in major flux. In an effort to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19, yet further muddling …

2020 Results: Cristobal Secures One of Oregon’s Finest Recruiting Classes

Mark Flores Recruiting 81 Comments

Early February has traditionally brought a host of emotions to Eugene. Optimism in the form of a handful of four-star recruits potentially keeping the upward momentum of our beloved program at a steady climb. Frustration following an announcement from a high-end prospect who had stayed in constant contact with coaches, and held the fan base close in tow until the …

The Ducks in 2020: A Greybeard Goes on Record

Lou Farnsworth Editorials 95 Comments

GREYBEARD UPFRONT DISCLAIMER: I admit that I have been indicted in the past for the crime of “sunshine pumping.” I probably could have been convicted on certain charges: specifically, having been huckstered by Brady Hoke. Later, the charisma of a certain ex-FSU coach beguiled me way longer than I care to admit. I am, by nature, optimistic.  And, yes, sometimes …

Optimism Returns to the Oregon Offense

Darren Perkins Editorials 107 Comments

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 …

It Doesn’t Matter Who Cristobal Hires as the Next OC

Darren Perkins Editorials 167 Comments

That’s right, it doesn’t. Mario Cristobal could hire a young reincarnation of Sean Payton, Lincoln Riley or Bill Walsh. Ya know, hire the next offensive “genius.” But, if that chosen one is only allowed to coach with one hand tied behind his back, then, it doesn’t matter. Oregon will not become elite. Oregon will not win a National Championship. It’s time …

Rose Bowl: Ducks Look to Be the Best of the Rest

Darren Perkins Editorials 94 Comments

LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are currently the four best programs in college football. They are the elite, and the Ducks would love nothing more than to crash that party. A solid victory over No. 8 Wisconsin could serve as a solid “best of the rest” steppingstone in Oregon’s quest to join them. Five Thoughts on the Eve of the …

Is Cristobal Among the Coaching Elites?

BigDucksFan Editorials 83 Comments

The days of long, methodical rebuilds are over. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for underperforming coaches to get the ax early on in their tenures, even if they show subtle signs of progress. Obviously that won’t be the case for Oregon’s Mario Cristobal. After winning the Pac-12 in just his second season, it’s safe to say that Cristobal’s job is secure. …