Why not play Morgan Mahalak NOW?

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In the tradition of FishDuck.com articles that make you ponder, I ask Duck fans to address questions concerning a quarterback at Oregon most have already written off: Morgan Mahalak. You will learn some new things here, and they have not come from an interview with Morgan, but from snippets of interviews with other Oregon players who have happened to mention him. There are …

Oregon Surprises Colorado With a New Sprint Draw Play

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Sometimes the surprises from Oregon’s offense come from a natural evolution and progression against the defenses of the Duck opponents. This time we see a new play introduced (or a variation of one used in the distant past) due to the game plan of Oregon; in this case against the Colorado Buffaloes. I could list off a number of plays …

Should Ty Griffin Be the Oregon Quarterback?

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There’s a big banner at the Ducks’ practice field, that I’m going to have to paraphrase … “To be ordinary, keep doing things the way they’ve always been done. To be great, requires the courage to go against tradition.” This move would require a lot of courage, and I’m well aware it’ll never happen. But since when should reality limit our dreams? My …

An Oregon Innovation: the Quarterback Power Play!

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Can we learn from a tough loss? In the case of last Saturday’s game, absolutely – especially with an opponent as talented as Michigan State. The Oregon game plan featured a new play variation of the new Oregon Power Play featured last week: a Quarterback Power Play. It sounds odd, considering Oregon QB Vernon Adams is on the smaller side, but let’s look …

Oregon’s Newly Revised POWER PLAY With Bang, Bend and Bounce RB Techniques!

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The Oregon offense continues to evolve and progress since my instructional video series was created four years ago. Those videos have been viewed more than a million times in total! They have been helpful to fans, as well as to coaches looking to install the spread offense (Oregon style). However, defenses have become better at defending the spread, and thus the Oregon coaching …

Analysis: “Vernon Adams Will Have a BETTER Statistical Year Than 2014 Mariota”

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Our recent articles re VA have stirred the feelings of some coaches in my network, and I received the following analysis (below) from one of them, that, while controversial, is also illuminating. I added the GIFs, picture, and my personal endorsement to what he wrote. This is fun stuff, my friends! Charles Fischer So – why would some stupid guy state the absurd: “Vernon Adams …

Analysis: Debunking the Myths Surrounding Vernon Adams

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Legendary Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant was once asked what it takes to be a successful coach. He answered: You need a good wife, a good huntin’ dog, and a good quarterback … and not necessarily in that order.”   If there was ever a team that quip applied to, our beloved Ducks fit the “bill” because some of the most …

“Vernon Adams is just like Russell Wilson” NOT!

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While there are definitely physical and ability similarities between Vernon Adams and Russell Wilson, when he played at Eastern Washington, Adams’ passing game was much more comparable to Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. There were a lot of “What are you doing??  Great pass!!” moments. Passes that looked like they shouldn’t be thrown — to covered receivers — off the wrong …

The Jake Fisher Effect: Aggressive Oregon Offensive Linemen!

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Offensive tackle Jake Fisher may end up leaving a legacy at Oregon far beyond winning a ton of games; he may have changed the perspective and attitude of the Duck offensive line forever. Tyler Johnstone said it well in a Chris Dufresne article for the LA Times. “He’s not a ‘win-one-for-the Gipper’ guy. He doesn’t give speeches. He’s just a …

Oregon Football Analysis: The “Fast Screen” Going “Fast Pace”

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The High Powered offense of the Ducks is predicated on many different facets, one of which is taking the easiest means necessary to move the football. At any point in the game, this Fast Screen can take flight. The Ducks want a high percentage play that will get yards and keep the defense guessing, and while the Fast Screen is not …

How Oregon Uses Constraint Plays to Stay One Step Ahead of the Defense

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Analysts love to dissect Oregon’s many packaged schemes and option runs, offensive plays designed to take advantage of whatever the defense throws at them, with an answer for just about anything and everything. There is, however, another part of any offense that is just as crucial, sometimes referred to as constraint plays. Constraint plays force a defense to hesitate, to think a little …

How Oregon uses Blitz Keys to Sniff Out Pressure

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What if it were possible to detect with nearly 100% certainty whether or not the defense is bringing pressure before the ball is snapped? How exactly would you find something like that out? The answer is simple, yet complicated at the same time. You would just need to find what’s called a “blitz key.” A blitz key is a pretty general …