Chip Kelly Update: Saints Preserve Us

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To be canonized as an official Roman Catholic Saint, you need to have produced at least two verified miracles. The New Orleans Saints got their first on Sunday, miraculously healing the crippled Eagles offense and blessing them with 39 points. It would have been 53 except for two inexcusably bad passes by QB Sam Bradford that were intercepted in the …

Of Chip Kelly’s System and the “Franchise QB” Conundrum

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It is well documented that a franchise QB is required in order to win the Super Bowl — at least, that is the common concept. However, this idea has two problems: First — and obvious issue — is that franchise QBs are extremely hard to find; there are many more franchises in the NFL than there are franchise QBs. The second …

Arik Armstead Rocky Mountain Bound?

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As I stated in my article about the absurdity of Marcus Mariota falling to the 13th pick in the draft, NFL “experts” don’t always respect our Oregon Ducks. Mariota isn’t the only player to fall victim to this bias, with Arik Armstead being projected to go No. 28 overall in the draft. Interestingly enough, this is the same mock draft …

Mariota — From Saint Louis to New Orleans?

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We all know that NFL “experts” don’t like “gimmicky Oregon spread offense players” such as Marcus Mariota right? Well, if you didn’t, then let me be the one to tell you – they don’t. This can be clearly seen in the fact that two of NFL.com’s so-called experts have Mariota going outside of the top 10 picks, with Bucky Brooks having him going …

Little Big Man Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

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One of the Oregon players who’s gotten lost in the shuffle leading up to the NFL draft is Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Perhaps it’s just the shadow of Marcus Mariota, or his own knee injury rehab, or maybe the fact that Ekpre-Olomu isn’t the 6’3” + CB that everyone is looking for in the NFL now. The thing is though, while everyone …

Flying Under the Radar

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Despite being part of a viral video that most college football fans have seen, Tony Washington has fallen into relative anonymity. This viral video replay is, of course, Washington’s scoop-and-score fumble recovery in the Rose Bowl. Perhaps this play not giving him a large amount of fame can be attributed to the fact that most people were interested in Jameis …

Birds of a Northwestern Feather …

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With the blockbuster NFL trade between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks to swap Jimmy Graham for Max Unger and a 3rd round pick, Pete Carroll has to be wondering who he will put in to replace his Duck alumni at center. While it does appear that the ‘Hawks are likely to sign a veteran center to step in, there is …

Duck(s) Flying South for the 2015-2016 NFL Season

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I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that a large number of Oregon Duck fans, unless you didn’t care about the NFL until Chip Kelly got hired by the Philadelphia Eagles (or still don’t care), are probably Seattle Seahawk fans. Personally, having been born and bred just outside of New Orleans, I am a Saints fan. As such, while many of …

Bryan Bennett NFL QB Part 1. New Orleans Saints

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In case no one has noticed, I like writing about Bryan Bennett. Probably because he played for my favorite college team, the Oregon Ducks, and the college I’ll be attending next semester. In my research I’ve determined that Bennett is a very poor man’s Marcus Mariota. For anybody out there who knows about guitars, if Mariota is an American made …

Should the Saints Bring in Marcus Mariota?

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Over the next three weeks, FishDuck.com Feature Writer Caleb Couturie will be analyzing the 25 teams in the NFL Draft that may look to select Marcus Mariota. Previous Article: Click here No. 12: The New Orleans Saints NO’s Draft Pick: Thirteenth NO’s 2015 Cap Space: $(-20,411,945) NO’s Top Needs: LB/CB/QB As a lifelong Saints fan, and now of course a lifelong Ducks fan, I must say I’m a …

Drafting in the Trenches

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While the hot topic in Eugene pertaining to the NFL Draft is Marcus Mariota’s stock, the fact is, there are other players from Oregon going into the draft who are just as intriguing. These players are all mountainous men who play in the trenches, from Hroniss Grasu on the offensive side to Arik Armstead on the defensive side of the line. …

Chip Kelly Update: Vulnerable to Weakness?

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Chip Kelly’s first season in the NFL ended with a field goal – kicked by the New Orleans Saints as time expired in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. It was a rough ending to a great season, and very likely Michael Vick’s last game as an Eagle.  No one is happy about the loss, close as it was, but …