Past Play Reappears: Oregon’s Mid-Line Zone Read!

Charles Fischer Analysis 5 Comments

Head Coach Mark Helfrich has brought new life to older plays in the Oregon playbook, but few are as odd as the Mid-Line Zone Read play. It seems to violate what we have learned about the Zone Read at Oregon, and it is a play that we rarely see. Readers of these Tuesday analyses are becoming as amused as I …

Coaches are Buzzing: Oregon’s Wildcat Power Zone Read!

Charles Fischer Analysis 14 Comments

The coaches and fans are buzzing about Oregon’s new play unveiled against Oregon State last Saturday night. I was on the phone with one coach that evening and with three coaches the next morning from across the nation as we were all fascinated with Oregon’s new Wildcat Power Zone Read. Now that is a mouthful, but the good news is …

Oregon’s New “Loaded Option” is Surprising Opponents

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 3 Comments

For many of you veteran coaches that read this site — did the term “Loaded Option” bring back some memories of the 70’s and 80’s in college football? Oregon is bringing back that wrinkle as a new variation to the Zone Read plays the Ducks operate from. It is a clever innovation emerging from the Helfrich/Frost offensive brain trust in Eugene, …

Game Plans of the Oregon Spread Offense: Helfrich versus Kelly

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 6 Comments

The transition from Chip Kelly to Mark Helfrich has been fascinating to observe in many areas, but now we can begin to compare their game plans, since Helf’ has now been heading Oregon for nearly two years. Are there similarities? What are the differences? I laid the groundwork in three videos two years ago that fans and coaches loved, thus I …

Texas Bullets Shoot Down Scorpions for the State Championship! (A FishDuck.com Friend)

Adam Sharp Editorials 0 Comments

My FishDuck.com Friends – you may recall the story of Coach Adam Sharp, who turned his .500 team into the No. 1 Semi-Pro Football team in the nation … learning the Oregon Spread Offense from FishDuck.com. He wrote a wonderful article to update us on his exceptional team! Thanks Coach! My nerves were through the roof, as I thought of what might …

Oregon’s QB Sweep Read/RB Bootleg defeats Utah and USC

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 2 Comments

We are seeing more of the Mark Helfrich stamp upon the Oregon offense become evident through this 2014 season, yet an old Chip Kelly game plan has remained with the new head coach. Using plays in the playbook infrequently and then storing them for years at a time is becoming a norm for Helfrich and Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost. This …

Oregon “Bangs, Bends, and Bounces” the NEW Inside Zone Read past Stanford

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 5 Comments

Oregon has changed its foundation play, the Inside Zone Read, from how they ran it three years ago! I covered part of it in a recent discussion about the components of the Pistol offense being added to Oregon Spread Offense, but we need something that covers this essential play from the perspective of how Duck running backs learn to read …

Stanford GIF! Tactics to Watch for Against the Cardinal

Charles Fischer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Injuries do create tactical opportunities, as opponents have feasted upon Oregon’s depleted offensive tackle position earlier in the season. However, the Cardinal now have injuries that open up some unique situations that fit within our offense’s abilities to exploit and can be added on to the analysis about Stanford by FishDuck.com analyst Rory Davidson. What plays do we run to capitalize? …

Pistol Offense Variations now part of the Oregon Spread Attack

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 3 Comments

The phone lines between Coach Mike Morris (the Grizzled Ol’ Coach) and I have been burning up as we have been discussing the Oregon coaching staff’s introduction of an increasing amount of Pistol Offensive components into the Oregon Spread Offense.  It was the Coach who called and noted the big step-up in Pistol variations against UCLA, but we hesitated to …

Check for three Xs and Os tactics against Washington

Charles Fischer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

For Duck fans today — there are a couple of tactics to watch for against our rival in the Huskies. First, note that their defensive tackle over Oregon’s center (the Husky nose tackle) is between 340 pounds and 360 pounds, thus he will give Hroniss Grasu and an additional guard blocking him some trouble. This could foul up our Inside …

Oregon defeats UCLA with the Bair-Down Strategy

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Oregon’s running game against the Bruins was aided by a most unlikely player–Stetzon Bair, who recently moved over to the offensive line from the defense! It is amazing how much better a coach Steve Greatwood became this week with the return of Jake Fisher, the improvement of Matt Pierson and Tyrell Crosby and the emergence of “transfer” Stetzon Bair on …

How Royce Freeman Saved Marcus Mariota: Oregon Spread Offense Pass Protection

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 4 Comments

I know you’re shaking your head at my title; “Charles is shameless in how he tries to get hits.” There is truth in the shameless part, but there is also truth in how Royce Freeman made a huge play to help his teammates score a touchdown AND protect his quarterback, Marcus Mariota, from serious injury. Coach Tony Hoolulu in Hawaii …