Cristobal Needs to Address Oregon’s Biggest Weakness

Darren Perkins Editorials 136 Comments

I started out the college football season last Thursday night watching the Chip Kelly-led Bruins embarrass themselves on national television. Watching the debacle unfold further cemented my opinion that Chip did not compensate for his weaknesses when he took the job. He didn’t hire a good defensive coordinator and he clearly didn’t hire a staff that likes to recruit, unlike …

Garth Brooks Was Right About Oregon Football

Darren Perkins Editorials 27 Comments

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers …” Garth Brooks recently played at a packed Autzen Stadium, and while I’m no country music fan (rock n’ roll is my game), I respect what the man has accomplished in the world of entertainment and can recognize most of his hit songs. The song “Unanswered Prayers” — a song about the …

Helfrich vs. Cristobal: Whose Passing Offense Is Better?

Ugly Duckling Editorials 62 Comments

Today, we are going to compare two Oregon teams of the past with different offensive schemes against the same opponent and style of defense: the Michigan State Spartans (MSU). The 2015 Oregon Ducks (9-4) played MSU in the second game of the season, and the 2018 Oregon Ducks (9-4) faced MSU in the RedBox Bowl, our most recent game. After …

Can Oregon Produce a LETHAL Offense in 2019?

Mike West Editorials 63 Comments

Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly led their respective teams to appearances in the Natty. “Fast, Hard, Finish” was their motto. They scored quickly and they scored often. The Oregon Duck offense was a sight to behold, but they couldn’t bring home a national championship. Enter Mario Cristobal, who promised to add a physical brand to the Ducks’ version of shock and awe. …

Mario Cristobal and the Myth of Power Football

Joshua Whitted Editorials 42 Comments

Few things excite old-school football purists more than a well executed power run. The simple play encapsulates everything that they believe the game of football represents: strength, toughness, brute force and sheer determination. But there’s more to football than bone-crushing blocks and head-rattling collisions. Someone should tell Mario Cristobal. The Ducks’ coach is still under the flawed belief that straightforward …

Mario Cristobal Is Changing the Game

AJ Costilla Editorials 57 Comments

In 2008, Chip Kelly created the “Blur Offense,” the likes of which had never been seen. Not only did Kelly’s system propel the Ducks to championship-level heights, but it left a major mark on the entire college football landscape. Today, nearly every team uses some form of up-tempo offense, largely due to the success of Kelly’s Ducks. Now, a decade post-Chip, …

Mario’s Grill: Fizzle … or Sizzle?

Jayme Vasconcellos Editorials 74 Comments

Coach Cristobal is a quiet giant, but his challenge echoed throughout the Willamette Valley: “We’re firin’ this thing way up, take the heat or melt away!” This was revolution, not evolution — but was it just hot air? Let’s look at this season’s most successful NFL and FBS teams for traits and possible clues. First off, they’re all defensive juggernauts. …

Shades of Doubt … Does Oregon Football Have a Confidence Problem?

Mike West Editorials 43 Comments

The picture above speaks for itself: Win the Pac-12, go to the Rose Bowl. Dominate enough games and you have a shot at the Natty. In Chip Kelly’s years, this was a foregone conclusion. In Mark Helfrich’s, not as much. Now Mario Cristobal is launching his effort to propel Oregon like a Phoenix from the ashes of the Empire formally known as “Fast Hard Finish.” Last season, …