Expert Panel: Early Analysis of Oregon’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class

Charles Fischer Analysis 78 Comments

What are the “experts” saying about the recruiting class? Many of the most knowledgeable are part of the pay-sites of which most of you don’t have access to. (Which is why you are on this free site!) I was thinking about offering my early assessment of the recruiting class signed thus far for 2019, but the truth is–it is just …

Discuss! Live Updates Through Recruiting Letter-of-Intent Day!

Charles Fischer Announcements 122 Comments

“So … do you have a big enough seat belt for Wednesday?” I had to laugh at the question from fellow Duck fan and Greybeard, Steven A. Smith, an attorney in Modesto California. He’s right, as it has already been quite a bumpy ride and while we hope for no drama today–you know there will be some! Let’s just hope …

Recruiting LOI Day: What FishDuck is Watching For …

Charles Fischer Editorials 61 Comments

Let’s face it … recruiting news is entertainment, as much of a “game” as anything we follow with Oregon sports. It is such a rollercoaster, especially at this time of year. I’m going to share what I personally am watching for on the National Letter-of-Intent (LOI) signing day this Wednesday and offer some of my recruiting observations and opinions. Naturally, …

Holy Crap! Kayvon Thibodeaux, No. 1 Recruit is a DUCK!

Charles Fischer Announcements 51 Comments

Mario Cristobal continues achieve things never done at Oregon before with the verbal commitment today  of the nation’s No. 1 rated recruit in the nation Kayvon Thibodeaux from Southern California. He is a rush-defensive end at 6’5″ and 230 lbs. and is known for extraordinary speed. Sorry guys…I can hardly write as I’m a babbling mass of protoplasm right now …

Share the Love: Analyzing Oregon Recruiting and Super Mario

Ugly Duckling Editorials 27 Comments

My Friends, our Friend in the comments, Ugly Duckling, contributed quite an impressive article that I highly recommend reading. Articles like this give me a break on an occasional week, and I do appreciate it. Have something to say and want it to be published? Send it to charles@fishduck.com in a Word Document and give us your thoughts.  They have to …

Ducks’ Ground Assault Breeches Beavers; Herbert Down and Out?

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 25 Comments

Head coach Mario Cristobal savored two Thanksgiving treats: dinner with his team and family, and the next day, for dessert, a 55-15 win over rival Oregon State in a Civil War game that was never as close as the final score indicated. The outcome revealed that Oregon could dominate the line of scrimmage and run roughshod over the worst Pac-12 …

Oregon Football: The Good, the Bad, and the What’s Next

Darren Perkins Editorials 45 Comments

8-4. By all accounts an up and down season. Perhaps some optimism but in general most fans are not completely satisfied. There’s a general feeling of mediocrity, underachievement, and that things must improve. Welcome to modern day Oregon football. For historical perspective, in 1990, the Ducks went 8-3 and went to the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim, CA. Fans were elated. At …

2018 Season Results: Are you SATISFIED with 8-4 this Year?

Charles Fischer Editorials 75 Comments

Time to review the season, and note that I did not ask if you were satisfied with 8-4 as a regular season record, but if having a 8-4 result for this year was acceptable to you. There is so much that goes into making such an assessment, which makes it a great “ponder-point” for us to chew on. So many of …

The Civil War: Was it Cristobal Vindication or a Mirage?

Charles Fischer Editorials 62 Comments

This is not a “Mario Cristobal Hit Piece,” as some of my articles questioning Oregon’s coaching may have appeared to be. In fact, there are many elements of the Civil War victory that point to superb coaching by this staff. I wish to point those out, along with some items to ponder as we wait for our upcoming bowl game. For …

What Mario Cristobal Has Over Chip Kelly

Joshua Whitted Editorials 35 Comments

Mario Cristobal is not Chip Kelly. Kelly is an offensive mastermind, whose fast-paced, spread-option system took the country by storm. His innovations, matched with some of the most dynamic athletes in the game, led the Ducks to their most successful period in team history. But for all of his acclaim, Kelly couldn’t get over the hump. Although his offensive brilliance …

Duck Offense Found, Then LOST AGAIN

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 10 Comments

Coach Mario Cristobal had a chance to see what his offense should always look like, scoring 28 points in the first half of their win over Arizona State. In the second half, the offense and their coaching staff were strangely absent. The freewheeling game plan, so successful in the first two quarters, was put away, or forgotten, in the vault. …

The Ducks Need to Get Shrewd if They Want to be Alabama West

Darren Perkins Editorials 68 Comments

As Charles Fischer pointed out in yesterday’s article, the Oregon offense did take steps forward in the first half against ASU. This was encouraging to see and showed that the coaching staff was willing to open up the playbook to things that have WORKED at Oregon, and weren’t absolutely hell-bent on the conservative power-game that wasn’t working. Having said that, …