RUDY. RUUDY. RUUUDY! RUUUUDY!!: Overachieving Ducks of the Chip Kelly Era

Sean Goodbody FishWrap, FishWrap Archive Leave a Comment

National Signing Day is, by now, a distant memory.  We silently fist-pumped (probably at work) as preps across the nation used something called a “facks machine” for the first (and probably last) time to send their NLIs to Eugene.  We looked over the tremendous haul of new Ducks recruits, nodded in approval, and said things like, “THAT KID IS A …

Recruiting Update: Helfrich to Paint Saban’s Backyard Green & Yellow!

Mark Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Football Recruiting Offers/News New headman Mark Helfrich is starting his tenure with a bang.  Oregon’s normally reserved practice of extending offers late in the recruiting cycle appears to be all but gone.  The newly termed “The Magnificent Seven” are hot on the recruiting trail and offers are a-plenty for aspiring preps who fit the Oregon mold. Tight ends Zack Bornstein …

Oregon Has A Counter Play After All!

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Read, react, adjust: that’s probably the fastest way to summarize the inner mechanisms of Oregon’s increasingly deceptive and effective play calling.  With defenses constantly finding new ways to attack and defend the Duck offense, reading each scheme and then reacting to the defenders is hard enough on every down; but what Oregon fans have learned over the past four years …

Oregon Football Recruiting Manifesto: What Happened in 2012-2013?

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This multi-week series will attempt to take a reasonable, logical and unbiased look at Oregon’s recent recruiting successes and failures while analyzing the program’s recruiting philosophy under Chip Kelly.  The series will then look at how that philosophy already has and may continue to evolve under Mark Helfrich before ending with a detailed breakdown of the author’s ideal recruiting blueprint. …

Oregon Unknowns: The Last Bad Years

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It’s been awhile since Oregon has truly failed in football.  Certainly, games have been lost and teams have failed to meet expectations over the years, but the simple fact is that since the early 80’s there have been few seasons when the Ducks have fallen flat.  From 1984 until 2012 Oregon has had twenty-four seasons at or above .500, and …

Meet Your New Ducks: Stretch Armstrong Wins The Day!

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The Oregon offense has become famous for its blazingly quick receivers and backs.  A vast majority of these athletes have been under 6’1″ or so, with a jaw-dropping ability to cut up and down the field; but what about that red zone possession receiver who Mariota can toss the ball up to in the corner of the end zone?  Look …

Michigan – A Game of Firsts for Oregon

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Coming off a lackluster performance against against a mediocre Stanford team, Oregon would be on the road for the second consecutive week.  This time the trip would be to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines, who were coming off an unbeaten season, which included a 49-0 thrashing of Southern California in the 1948 Rose Bowl game.  Michigan had tied …

Recruiting Update: Magnificent Seven pull an “Andrew Jackson” in New Orleans

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Football Recruiting News Much like the general of yesteryear, Helfrich’s magnificent seven are running roughshod through the deep south.  Highly touted safety Mattrell McGraw (NR/River Ridge, LA) received an Oregon offer and will be visiting Eugene later in the spring season.  “This offer definitely puts (the Ducks) high on my list,” said McGraw.  “If the visit goes well then I …

Is Oregon Adding a Tight End Twist?

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We veterans of Oregon football are accustomed to the usual movements within the Inside and Outside Zone Read play and their blocking schemes.  Yet in the Fiesta Bowl we ran something unusual with our tight end…. a twist within our Zone Read plays?  How did it work and what were the results?  Will we see it again?  These are great …

Oregon Unknowns: Teaching Life Lessons from the Comfort of Your Car

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Our new Friday series is the OREGON UNKNOWNS, where we look at interesting stories or facts about our beloved Ducks that few casual fans know about!  Former Oregon running back Allan Amundson (#34, 1999-2002) started his career on the field quickly for the Ducks as a true freshman.   He showed a rare burst of speed with a reported elite-level 4.2 second 40 yd. dash …

Behind the Curtain: Inside the Press Box

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With FishDuck adding coverage to more sports each season, I frequently get asked the question, “What’s it like to be in the press box?”  I could say, “Look on the internet”, except for one problem: there isn’t much of an answer. The question is, why isn’t much written on the topic?  More than likely, anyone in a position to write …

Developing Offensive Linemen for the Zone Scheme

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When watching the Oregon Ducks execute their high octane run game it is easy to get caught up in the play-making ability of their skill players. Watching guys like Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas is exhilarating.  What some fail to realize is the success or failure of the run game hinges on the offense’s ability to control the line of …