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Coach’s Opinion: “It’s Time to Calm Down”

Justin Samples Coach's Opinion 50 Comments

My Friends, this article refutes much of what I’ve written over the last month and is an example of how we do not censor writers to be an Oregon “Pravda” like the official Oregon site and others that follow the Ducks. The readership here is professional, high-brow, and cannot be snowed. Thus, I present all sides of the discussion and let you, …

The Stanford FishWrap: Some Positives, and Taggart’s Learning Curve

Charles Fischer Editorials 84 Comments

I hope that readers understand the dilemma that I am in, because if I point out any negative at all — even when the majority of the article is positive — I am described as “bitter” and “going negative” on Oregon. Yet if I leave out the negative? I am regarded as a “homer” and “sunshine pumper.” Since I can’t …

Charles’ WSU-Oregon FishWrap: “Two Steps Forward and One Step Back”

Charles Fischer Editorials 49 Comments

I am going to write something that is dumber than my usual. In the comments of last week’s article, I expressed my concern about the Ducks getting their butts kicked against the Cougars. It was due to the loss of Justin Herbert at quarterback and how neither QB remaining had neither the skills nor the game experience to carry the Ducks …

Oregon Receivers: the WORST EVER for a Season Opener?

Charles Fischer Editorials 55 Comments

The dilemma I describe in this article is not Coach Willie Taggart’s fault. Oregon’s first-year head coach inherited a very difficult situation at receiver this year at Oregon. My belief is that the defensive line, while thin, is highly underrated, and it will become evident in 2017. So will the best depth at running back perhaps ever at Oregon. The …

Coaching the Coaches: Universal Truths of Offensive Football

Coach Tony DeMeo Advice for the Coaches 1 Comment

A note from Charles Fischer: Today we begin a new Saturday article series, “Coaching the Coaches,” to help teach the young coach to learn from veterans. This article is written by a highly successful college coach, who gives us an inside perspective football fans don’t get to see.  The wisdom of what you read below cannot be measured, and you will learn so …

Oregon Football Practice Notes: The Fish Reports Are Back!

Charles Fischer Editorials 16 Comments

Today was very special to me, as it was the first true open spring practice that felt like what we experienced years ago. The traditional parts of spring practice kept popping up to remind me of – “remember this?” I look up to see the osprey bringing food to the nest on top of one of the lighting poles and …

Taggart’s HUGE Offensive Philosophical Decision for Oregon

Coach Morris Coach's Opinion 22 Comments

My friends….the Grizzled Ol’ Coach, Mike Morris, and I were pondering this point at a recent Skull Session in the FishDuck ManCave, as it gets to the root of many concerns Oregon fans have had–especially with all the seasons spoiled in the past by injured QBs at Oregon. This article lays the foundation for upcoming articles by the GOC and …

Mark Helfrich’s Quarterback MESS at Oregon

Charles Fischer Editorials 22 Comments

We have read the pundits in the media along with the opinions from the ”experts” on the Oregon message boards; the quarterback recruiting in the past at Oregon has been a disaster after Marcus Mariota, and the present is a muddled mess due to the emergence of freshman QB Justin Herbert unsettling the usual quarterback rotation. These assertions would sound something …

Oregon Playbook: The Counter Play Reappears

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports 3 Comments

After a tough loss we have to consider the prospect of learning more simply to enjoy the game of college football, but it is especially important when you lose a game. In my case, I wish to offer youth and high school football coaches around the nation a peek at Oregon’s playbook, which is large, yet the Ducks do not …

The Run-Pass Option: A Mid-Line Sweep Read w/Bubble Threat

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports 4 Comments

As a fellow fan, it’s tough to lose a game – especially the way the Nebraska game transpired. Nonetheless, we wish to continue to build the “Oregon Playbook” within FishDuck.com and continue to learn from the evolution of the Oregon Spread Offense. There are ongoing permutations off of fundamental plays such as the Sweep Read, which we wish to identify and understand …

Oregon Stuns Opponents With New Inverted Veer Play!

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports 12 Comments

The Oregon offense under head coach Mark Helfrich continues to progress and add new components to keep its attack fresh. I was pretty surprised to see a new play that seemed to have elements of an Outside Zone Read combined with a Power Play, and the Grizzled Ol’ Coach identified it as the Inverted Veer play! It was made famous …

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 …