The New Oregon Defense: Defensive Line Stemming

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 32 Comments

Stemming across the defensive line is a simple yet effective tactic that new defensive coordinator Andy Avalos will implement in the Oregon Duck defense. In short, stemming is a shift from the defensive line, right before the snap of the ball, used to confuse the offensive line. The better the defense is at recognizing the offense’s snap count, the more …

It’s Time For Oregon’s Defense to Step Up

Joshua Whitted Editorials 27 Comments

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Oregon fans. As if a failed comeback attempt in the midst of a 27-point deficit against Washington State wasn’t painful enough, the following week Arizona shellacked the Ducks 44-15. There are plenty of reasons that the Ducks find themselves staring at a potential three-game losing streak, but chief among them is their …

Could Oregon Football Become LINEBACKER U?

Steven Smith Editorials 17 Comments

The hiatus between spring practice and fall football camp allows us time to ponder possibilities regarding our defense, specifically the LBs, who are vital to stopping our opponents. Creating turnovers and getting off the field are crucial for a double-digit win season in 2018. We get that! Do we have the talent, coaching, athletes or recruits coming in to fulfill …

2018 Oregon Football: The Ingredients for Defensive DOMINANCE

Joshua Whitted Editorials 39 Comments

“Defense wins championships.” Of all the things that have changed in the game of football over the years, this particular adage seems to have stood the test of time. Folks, that’s exactly why I’m so excited for this upcoming season.  For the first time in a long time, we can confidently say that our defense is going to be elite. …

Best Case Scenario for the Oregon Football 2018 Depth Chart

Mitchel Simantel Editorials 44 Comments

With the 2017 college football season officially coming to a close, we find ourselves in a familiar place: a new coach, recruiting momentum, and a newfound hope for what the future will hold. The Ducks relied on many underclassman in the 2017 campaign, but there will be some big spots to fill due to some familiar faces moving on to …

Ducks’ 2017 Defense: A Thousand Battles, A Thousand Victories

David Miller Editorials 20 Comments

“Know they self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” This quote from Sun Tzu speaks not of the past, but of the future. Likewise, the Oregon Ducks football program must not only look forward, but move forward – as a coaching staff, as a team, and more importantly, as a culture. That forward-looking and moving culture must …

The Next Generation of Oregon’s Defense

Jay Garnett Editorials 10 Comments

Oregon’s defense, regardless of their (relatively) amiable performance against Arizona State this past weekend, is bad. Like historically bad. Prior to the game this weekend, the Ducks ranked in the bottom 10 in the country in rushing yards allowed per game, yards per rushing attempt and turnovers generated per game. They were 3rd-worst in total scoring defense and penalty yards allowed. …

Oregon’s Linebacking Analysis: Diagnosing the Pass

Levi Steier Analysis 1 Comment

In my last analysis, I took a look at the linebacker position, giving some thoughts on why backer play was inconsistent in 2014 and why I believe it will be better in 2015. In that analysis, I discussed how linebackers are taught to “read” keys to help them diagnose and react to the play. Let’s quickly review these reads and how …

Ducks’ Play-Making Defense the Most Consistent in Recent History

Joey Holland History 4 Comments

There is no question that the Oregon Ducks have become an elite team in college football. At first glance, it would appear that the program has its offensive prowess to thank for its recent success, and this is certainly true to an extent. The Ducks have posted at least 45 points per game in each of the past five years, and …

Oregon’s Linebacking Analysis: Why It Will Be Better in 2015

Levi Steier Fish Reports 7 Comments

When looking at Oregon’s linebacker unit from 2014, a common theme often arises — inconsistency. FishDuck.com discussed it here and here, as others did here. In my experience, inconsistency typically stems from player inexperience and mental overload, both of which seemed to be confounding factors for the Oregon linebacking crew — as they were a bit inexperienced and working under a new …

Sam Kamp Retires From Football

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

It’s a hard decision to give up the game you love, but it’s one that redshirt junior defensive lineman Sam Kamp had to make. With one year of football eligibility left, Kamp has decided to forgo his senior year and retire from football. He will graduate in the spring with a double major. Kamp was a three-year backup with the …