While Offense Makes Headlines, Defense Wins Championships

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This year’s Rose Bowl is a momentous occasion for everyone involved. The teams are fighting in the inaugural College Football Playoff, FSU is attempting to keep a 29-game winning streak alive and defend a national title, and the Ducks are fighting for their first national title in school history. Naturally much of the burden and attention is falling onto the …

Oregon Defensive Line Secrets: Stopping the Run

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Oregon’s defensive performance against Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship ranks as one of the best ever at Oregon for a game of such importance. The majority of the credit goes to the Duck defensive line which shut down the inside running game of Arizona using techniques that we have barely covered before at FishDuck.com. Let’s take a look at the …

Score? Not Against the Oregon Defense!

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While final scores do not always indicate as much, most people agree that heading into a bowl game — as in the case of Oregon vs Florida State in the first ever College Football Playoff Semifinal — the initial advantage is to the defense. Why? Because it will be nearly a month since either team will have played a game, …

Casey Matthews and the Road to Redemption

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Time heals all wounds. That and good coaching. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie’s decision to hire Chip Kelly as his team’s head coach was a blessing for linebacker Casey Matthews, one of Kelly’s former Oregon players who had struggled in limited game day action during his first two NFL seasons. Despite Matthews’s struggles in his early professional career, Kelly had …

This Duck Defense Can Fly, Too!

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Now that the regular season is over and Ducks fans are more than happy with the result, we look back on an incredible season. Heading into the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, and one of the most anticipated match-ups in modern history, what more can a Ducks fan want? This year’s Heisman-to-be, and last year’s Heisman will battle it …

The Ducks Won’t Stop

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While injuries are just a part of football, that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. What does help, however, are bye weeks — and now defensive lineman Arik Armstead is looking forward to getting back on the field to face Colorado. Tyler Robinson of FishDuck.com was at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex to catch up with Armstead after practice today. …

The Ducks Are Ready For Utah’s Quarterback Attack

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We have seen the Ducks’ defense start to come together as the season progresses and the players get comfortable with the system that Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum has overhauled in the last year. This Saturday the Ducks will face a unique challenge in the Utah Utes who use two different quarterbacks. While this might sound like an inability to pick …

Sam Kamp Ready to Roll for the Ducks

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Defensive lineman Sam Kamp chatted with FishDuck.com writer Tyler Robinson at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex today. The injuries to the Ducks’ offensive line have been in the news plenty this season, but the Ducks have dealt with injuries on the defensive side of the ball as well. A mainstay for the Ducks defense, Arik Armstead has battled an ankle injury this season that has …

Physical Ducks Defense Ready to Execute Against Utes

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With a victory over Stanford in the books, the Ducks are getting ready to face what may be their toughest opponent of the season in the No. 20 Utah Utes, who are coming off a tough loss to ASU. Caleb Couturie of FishDuck.com was in the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex after practice today to talk to All-American defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu about how the …

Player Profile: Joe Walker

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After Joe Walker slashed through the line to dump a Stanford Cardinal running back to the turf, the fan behind me leaned over and said, “God, I love that kid.” Yeah, a lot of other Oregon fans agree; this year, Walker has emerged as Oregon’s go-to linebacker when the Ducks face the run. Against rush-happy Stanford, he had nine tackles …

Defenses Win Championships: Can Oregon’s?

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Any sports fan knows that “defense wins championships.” In the case of the College Football Playoff, defense doesn’t just win championships, it  gets you a spot to contend for one in the first place. In professional sports, regular season rankings don’t matter, it all comes down to a team’s final win-loss record. The Ducks need to convince the nation they deserve a …

So … About This Defense …

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I was at the Oregon Club meeting 20 years ago in 1994 when Nick Aliotti christened the name of the “Gangrene” defense, and I recall the howls at the name. I remember thinking that “Gang-Green” was clever and fits us so well … but alas that was not the right spelling. I have been asked to consider a short (if …