Coach Woody Analysis: Run Game Evolution and Opportunistic Defense Stun Utes

Coach Ken Woody Coach Woody's Analysis 76 Comments

In only his second year at the helm, coach Mario Cristobal was able to clutch the Pac-12 championship trophy and smell roses two weeks after ingesting the smell of manure and getting knocked out of national championship contention by Arizona State. His Ducks, looking like studs, scored 37 points on one of the best defenses in the country, and his …

Will the Ducks’ Schedule Cost Them a Shot at the Playoff?

Jon Joseph Editorials 1 Comment

Enemies to the right of me, Enemies to the left of me, Into the Valley of Jerry Rode Mario and the Ducks. We have met the enemy! And they are us? How about giving Coach Mario Cristobal, his staff and the student-athletes they coach, a fair shake? Let’s review this BCS 2.0, the so-called College Football Playoff. Half a decade …

Pac-12 Championship GameDay: Is Utah YOUR Oregon Blueprint?

Charles Fischer Editorials 354 Comments

What was your expectation of what Oregon would become when Coach Mario Cristobal took over as head coach? How different is it from nearly two years ago when his command of the Oregon program began? Consider what your vision of Oregon football was going to become in your fantasy (c’mon … we all do it), and ask yourself if that …

Kayvon Thibodeaux Is Heating Up at the Right Time

Joshua Whitted Analysis 40 Comments

It’s a beautiful thing when elite talent meets proper technique. That’s what’s happening with Oregon’s all-world freshman pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux as the season nears its end. After a relatively quiet start to the season, Thibodeaux has emerged as Oregon’s best pass rusher, leading the team in tackles for loss and sacks. Thibodeaux’s physical attributes (size, length, athleticism, etc.) have …

Coach Woody Analysis: Ducks Need More than the Pistol to Beat Utah

Coach Ken Woody Coach Woody's Analysis 119 Comments

Oregon won the Civil War 24-10 to give coach Mario Cristobal a fine 10-2 record, but left a majority of Duck fans with less than celestial euphoria. Former All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Herbert performed as the good soldier he is at quarterback; good enough to tip the scales over an Oregon State team that refused to be overwhelmed, …

Oregon’s Offensive Woes Start at the Top

Darren Perkins Editorials 152 Comments

It’s amazing how a coach who puts such an emphasis on being “tough” can trot out an offense that’s so weak. We get it, Coach Mario Cristobal. You want to control the ball, control the clock, dominate the line of scrimmage, and run vertically between the tackles. This is great when it works, but when it doesn’t, you simply look …

Nothing Civil About Oregon’s Win Over In-State Rival

Garrett Sharp-Craig Editorials 110 Comments

Hey Duck fans, it’s that beautiful time of year again. A time dedicated to stuffing yourself with turkey and pumpkin pie, spending time with family and friends and, most importantly, showing our little brother who the king of Oregon football really is. After a playoff-crushing defeat last week against Arizona State in the desert, Oregon looked to regroup and refocus …

OSU GameDay: Lil’ Brother Is Cute, but Still Needs to Be Thrashed

Charles Fischer Editorials 151 Comments

I cried “Wolf” last week with good reason, as my concerns about the inexperience of the current coaching staff mentally preparing the team were well founded. Should we be worried about Oregon State coming to Autzen today as well? Oh yeah. My friends, I grew up in Corvallis and am a Beaver fan except in Civil War, and thus have …

Ducks Land “Their Guy” Noah Sewell

Garrett Sharp-Craig Recruiting 30 Comments

After months of anticipation and expectation, Oregon football and coach Mario Cristobal have finally landed their top recruiting target, inside linebacker Noah Sewell. Noah is Oregon all-world sophomore left tackle Penei Sewell‘s younger brother. Although some have argued that Sewell is oversized for an inside linebacker —  he is listed at 6 ft. 2 in. and weighs 266 lbs. — …

Oregon Keeps Defenses Guessing With Fake Screen Play

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 16 Comments

If there’s one thing that this Oregon Ducks offense does better than any before, it’s the screen game. Not only has Coach Marcus Arroyo designed some very effective screen plays, but he also has an uncanny feel for calling them at just the right time. This kind of success leads to even more effective constraint plays. Multiple times this season, …