Overlooked No Longer, Brenden Schooler Flies as Oregon Duck Safety Net

Kellen Garrett Editorials 4 Comments

A trendy criticism of the Oregon Ducks is their defense – or lack of it. When fans take a look at the field Saturday they may notice that defensive coordinator Brady Hoke‘s defense will feature only one senior in the starting lineup. Yes, the mistake-prone defense is experiencing some growing pains. That is easy to see, but better days are …

Has Oregon Football Descended From Elite Status?

Aaron Lewis Editorials 12 Comments

Soul Searching Until Saturday, the idea of Oregon losing to Colorado any time in the foreseeable future was unimaginable. The Buffaloes have been the punching bag of the Pac-12 for years – the automatic win on the schedule for essentially everyone in the conference. Oregon fell to an improved Colorado team last weekend, and the football team has been doing some soul searching …

Three Keys To Win the Day for Oregon

Kellen Garrett Editorials 1 Comment

With the exception of a few lightning-in-a-bottle plays, the only thing electric on the field Saturday night was the Ducks‘ yellow uniforms. Against an over matched Virginia Cavalier team, the offense looked anemic in the second half, and the defense was pedestrian for most of the game. The victory was hardly ever in doubt, but with the clock winding down …

FishDuck and Coaches Comments: “Disappointed With Winning”

Charles Fischer Editorials 15 Comments

I admit it. I am one of those spoiled Oregon fans that others write so negatively of. I don’t just want to win … I want Oregon to win big and when they don’t, I am disappointed. However, since I began this website I’ve been able to view the Ducks through the prism of a 30-year ticket holder and one …

Young Duck Troy Dye Makes Splash In New Look Defense

Kellen Garrett Editorials 8 Comments

There is no substitute for hard work and preparation, and if anyone is the perfect Week 1 embodiment of this mantra it is true freshman linebacker Troy Dye. Dye wasted no time making an impact in his first collegiate game, loudly introducing himself to the UC Davis backfield and the yellow-clad Oregon fan base with back-to-back tackles on the fifth and …

Oregon Offensive Scoring Records will Fall due to BRADY HOKE?

Charles Fischer Analysis 7 Comments

ALERT: The following quotes by Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke are NOT accurate. He stated a very polite version of what you will read, and  I dramatized it to make a point. (I am known for drama … but I always back it up as you will see) Coach Hoke cleared his throat and eyed the 60-70 high school football coaches …

FishDuck Analysis: Important Questions Answered From the Spring Game

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports 3 Comments

My friends … I am excited about what I saw from the Oregon Spring Game. It has become evident to me that we are on a path that will someday take us to a National Championship. Now you know me: I am admittedly an insufferable fool for the Ducks, the classic homer fan. That said, I do have the GOC …

FishDuck’s Practice Analysis: Stunning Defensive Progress

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports 7 Comments

I was very surprised, and pleased, by what I saw at Oregon’s open practice on Monday, and my poor Duck-buddy, Gageac (as he is known on the message boards), had to listen to me drone on about it. I wasn’t planning to write about my impressions, as I assumed that other media and message board gurus would be all over what left …

A Case for Keeping it Simple

Brian Libby Editorials 1 Comment

Although Oregon has now been a winning program for more than 25 years (dating to the 1989 Independence Bowl season), and much of that success has been due to the continuity of its coaching staff — with assistants like Don Pellum, Steve Greatwood and John Neal‘s tenures stretching across multiple head coaching regimes — there have always been necessary course …

Secondary Under Fire: The Present-versus-Past Analysis of the Oregon Defense

Evan Markel Analysis, Fish Reports 3 Comments

In last week’s analysis I investigated Oregon’s yards allowed per play, an important statistic by which defenses are measured. Although important, however, yards per play does not define a defense. So this week I continue on my quest to discover how the Oregon defense has evolved over the past decade. In future articles I intend to compare Oregon’s defense to other …

Analysis: The Trend Line of Oregon’s Defense

Evan Markel Analysis, Fish Reports 9 Comments

My friends, we have a new writer, Evan Markel, who will provide some statistical information about our beloved Ducks. For now he will focus his study on the Duck defense in a quest for answers. He has been charged with offering the data, yet keeping it simple for those of us mathematically impaired.   Take the extra two minutes to soak …

Analysis: Oregon’s Defensive Back Technique Is Improving!

Jay MacPherson Analysis, Fish Reports 1 Comment

The Oregon Duck defensive backs have been through a trial-by-fire season, where they have yielded a lot of yards and points. They have learned many tough lessons as a young — but still talented — crew. Through these trials and lessons, they also have steadily improved. Will their improving skills and teamwork prove enough this coming week to vanquish one of …