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 …

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. …

There is Hope after ASU: “It’s a LONG ROAD”

Charles Fischer Editorials 63 Comments

I could not believe my eyes. I have written extensively about how this staff could not win a National Championship someday unless there were massive changes and Coach Mario Cristobal became more flexible on offense. I felt there was a very low chance of that happening, as it appeared that he was going to be stubborn about “establishing the run,” and …

Dillon Mitchell is Oregon’s Knight in Shining Armor

Joshua Whitted Editorials 18 Comments

Oregon’s offense has undergone a facelift, and the results haven’t been flattering. The once ultra-exciting and innovative unit that produced historically great results now looks ordinary and predictable. Finding something positive in the midst of such offensive regression is challenging, but there has been one resounding bright spot: Dillon Mitchell. The former illustrious recruit from Memphis has become a bona fide …

Conundrum Aftermath: Where Do WE Fans Go From Here?

Charles Fischer Editorials 99 Comments

Last Monday felt like the earth moving in Oregon, as my article sent shock waves among Ducks fans on both sides of the conundrum. My objective was to declare my thoughts about what I was seeing, and it gave permission for others to voice their concerns about the future of the team as well. We had spirited debate all last …

When Does Coach Cristobal Have an OFFENSIVE EPIPHANY?

Charles Fischer Editorials 77 Comments

When the Ducks win, I am hard to be around. The only time it is worse is when I am the first to publicly state a major issue–and to be right about it.  I began voicing concerns about the Oregon offense after the San Jose State game, and last week declared that this was a warning sign. Of course, I …

Wazzu Waterloo: Building Block or Warning Sign?

Charles Fischer Editorials 81 Comments

In just over half of the first Mario Cristobal season, we have already experienced some extreme highs (Washington), lows, such as the underwhelming win against San Jose State, the choke versus Stanford, and the fiasco that was the trip to Pullman. These are clues about where we truly are, and give us signs as to what to look for in …

Cristobal Introduces the “New Oregon” to Fans and the Nation

Charles Fischer Editorials 77 Comments

“I feel a lot better — don’t you?” That sounds ludicrous to most, but it is my honest feeling the morning after, as my perspective is a little different than most. (Some would say quite flawed at times, but I can live with that). You see, I honestly thought Oregon was going to be clobbered by Stanford due to the …

The Zone Read: Is the PISTOL a Good Fit for Oregon?

Charles Fischer Analysis 47 Comments

Alright … I was wrong in last week’s article. And not just once, but in a couple of places. I was erroneously applying prior knowledge of the Oregon Spread Offense to the new Oregon Offense that features the Pistol formation the majority of the time. In this article, I will apologize, own up to my errors (each of them) and …

Coach’s Analysis: Ducks Smash Bowling Green, 58-24

Coach Ken Woody Analysis 28 Comments

Mario Cristobal notched his first win as the head coach for Oregon, a 58-24 thrashing of the out-manned Bowling Green Falcons. The game was also the end of a nine-game losing streak to teams from Ohio and perhaps the beginning of a streak that might stretch beyond one game. Quarterback Justin Herbert began to make his case for Heisman consideration, …

Cristobal Signals the Decline of the Backside Zone Read at Oregon

Charles Fischer Analysis 79 Comments

If you want a fluffy editorial, this ain’t it. I am not going to cover the same stuff as other media — that everyone can already see, such as dropped passes, elite throws by Justin Herbert, improvements on the defense, etc. I will focus on what I am passionate about on offense, and I was dismayed at what I saw …

The O-Line Relay: Cristobal’s New Weapon to Win the Pac-12?

Mike Merrell Editorials 19 Comments

Anyone who’s ever had to compete single-handedly against a relay can tell you that it’s not a level playing field. Could this concept be formulated into a strategy that Coach Mario Cristobal utilizes to win and, ultimately, dominate the Pac-12? Let’s look at some unknown aspects of the offensive line and see if we can determine the unique new tactic …