Famous FishDuck Writers–Remove Mullens: PASS or NO PASS?

Charles Fischer Editorials Leave a Comment

Something I’m seeing on message boards, in the comments at FishDuck.com and in emails to me — is that quite a number of Oregon fans want athletic director Rob Mullens fired over the 11 million buyout to Mark Helfrich, coupled with being bamboozled by Willie Taggart. I have my doubts about faulting Mullens. Firstly, he felt he must secure the institutional …

Should Oregon Fans Panic? Not After Utah.

Cody Lonning Editorials Leave a Comment

In the beginning, Oregon’s 2017 season did not feel like its disastrous 2016 season, which resulted in the firing of the entire coaching staff. A new coach had already won the recruiting season by convincing key veterans to return (Royce Freeman and Tyrell Crosby), bringing in a stellar 2017 class and building the foundation of an historic 2018 class. But …

Ducks Win: The Good and The Bad

Darren Perkins Editorials Leave a Comment

As the final gun sounded on Saturday and the usual post-game mad scramble took place across the field as the head coaches tried to find each other for their customary handshake, I half-expected the ending music to the movie “Rocky” to kick-in. After all, a relatively large underdog (13.5 points) had gotten the tar beat out of it early on …

The Five Stages of Oregon Fan Grief – The 2016 Football Season in Review

David Miller History from 2016 Leave a Comment

We can point to just a few plays this last season that would have resulted in a winning record, a bowl game and likely the extension of the Mark Helfrich era (for better or worse). Let’s look at the season and our five stages of fan grief: sadness, depression, denial, disbelief, and finally, blame. To say this last season was …

What the Taggart Staff Can Learn From the Helfrich Staff …

Charles Fischer Editorials Leave a Comment

As fans of our beloved Ducks, we have gone through many mental phases as the football program declined, and we wanted the coaches on the former staff (whom we loved and cared about) to succeed. I started pondering the differences between them and those we immediately noted with the new football staff, and, after collaborating with other fans, have come to …

Oregon Football: Time to Wake the Sleeping Giant

Marc Burton Editorials Leave a Comment

The end for Mark Helfrich was written long before the second half rains in Corvallis washed away any hope of his redemption. There was no artistry to that second half bludgeoning by Oregon State. No intricate scheme or innovation was required. It was straight ahead football, 27 consecutive running plays by the Beavers, and the Ducks had no answers … …

On Oregon, Culture and the Revenge of Riley

D. Louis Thornton Editorials Leave a Comment

The Ducks of Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich won the Civil War game over Mike Riley 8 straight years, including twice (2008 and 2009) denying the Beavers their first Rose Bowl invitation since 1957.  As soon as Riley took the Nebraska job and the home and home with Oregon was scheduled, I am sure the date was circled on Riley’s calendar. …

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

Coach Ruskin Fiegenbaum Coach's Opinion Leave a Comment

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 …

How Mark Helfrich Sealed His Own Fate at Oregon in Sunday Presser

D. Louis Thornton Editorials Leave a Comment

Despite many columnists already proclaiming Mark Helfrich was ‘as good as gone’; despite Phil Knight long ago eschewing post game press conferences and removing himself from within 2000 miles of Saturdays ‘Civil War;’ in his Tuesday evening announcement, Oregon AD Rob Mullens stated that he did not have his mind made up regarding coach Mark Helfrich when he left Eugene for his College …

How Brady Hoke Got Mark Helfrich FIRED

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports Leave a Comment

I am done defending Oregon Head Football Coach Mark Helfrich. Sure … it really does not matter now as he twists in the wind during his final days at Oregon, but it is also because he no longer deserves my support with the travesty on defense that we saw in the 120th Civil War. He allowed what I have chronicled throughout …

Oregon’s Civil War Loss Means the End of the Mark Helfrich Era

Jay Garnett Editorials Leave a Comment

Seven days ago, I, like many of the Oregon faithful, was excited at the prospect of a team on the rise after an emotionally taxing 2016 season. On the road against Utah, the 12th-ranked team in the country, Oregon played like a team with pride and something to lose. The defense played hard and actually made more plays than they …