Oregon’s Preparations for Stanford in the Spring

Charles Fischer Analysis 3 Comments

The window for us fans that is the Spring Game revealed much more this year than many would believe as I too had a hard time fathoming what I was seeing on the field from Head Coach Mark Helfrich.  Just as he has been aggressive in recruiting and charging ahead faster than previous coaches in pursuing recruits–he is doing the …

Empty & Full: My Favorite Play of the Oregon 2014 Spring Game

Brian Flinn Analysis 3 Comments

Thanks to my friend, Charles Fischer, I have had the great opportunity to write about many of my favorite offensive schemes here on FishDuck.com.  From the Zone Read Bubble to One Back Play Action to Packaged Tempo Plays, these analyses have been about concepts that are the heart of my own personal offensive philosophy. One of the few core spread …

Oregon Receivers Are the Key to Ducks’ Explosive Run Game

Levi Steier Analysis 5 Comments

When analyzing Oregon’s offense, it quickly becomes clear they have an uncommon number of explosive plays.  According to ESPN’s PAC-12 Blog, an explosive play is defined as any play that gains 20 or more yards.  In 2013 the Ducks were able to gain 20+ yards on a single play 106 times. 42 of these were rushing plays; 14 of which …

An Oregon Unknown: The Trap Play That Never Was …

Charles Fischer For the Fans, History 2 Comments

Every team has a “Trap” play in it’s offense, and as a high school offensive lineman I loved to pull in a “Tackle Trap” and nail the first defensive lineman who showed up in front of me.  You blast them from the side, and usually you have caught them by complete surprise.  It seemed like such a natural play for the …

Timing, Rhythm and Deception: The Oregon Passing Game in the NFL

Brian Flinn Analysis 6 Comments

“It’s going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL.  I’m going to say no.  I just don’t see NFL passing concepts in this offense.” – Ron Jaworski “There’s just so many holes to this offense when you transfer it from college to the pros.” – Heath Evans Despite bold predictions to the contrary, …

The Evolution Will be Televised: The Development of Packaged Plays in the Chip Kelly Offense

Brian Flinn Analysis 9 Comments

It has been almost a decade that I have been the wide receivers coach at Villanova, and during this time I have been fortunate to be a part of a great spread offensive system and also watch the evolution of offensive football up close.  As you already may know, my biggest influence during this time has been the Chip Kelly offense …

The BEST Zone Blocking Analysis on the Web

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  Coach Levi Steier gave us an analysis of Zone Blocking that had been a regular article in our “FishWrap” in the past.  It was such an extraordinary article that I placed it in our Offensive Tutorials in the “Directory” (tab at top of site) and tons of coaching sites found it.  I was astounded to see the year end …

Different League, Same Package: How the Oregon Offense Ran Through the NFL in 2013

Brian Flinn Analysis 9 Comments

Despite several reports to the contrary, the Chip Kelly Oregon offense is alive and well in the NFL!  The Eagles’ offense we saw go up and down the field in South Philly this fall bore a strong resemblance to the Oregon offense I studied from 2008 to 2012. Operating out of the shotgun and rarely huddling, the Eagles led the …

How Oregon Protects Mariota with New Play Variations!

Charles Fischer Fish Reports, FishWrap 3 Comments

Craig Strobeck The Civil War game featured the most speed and running skills by Marcus Mariota since the Washington game, as he ran for a couple of first downs and pulled the ball in some Mid-Level Zone Reads.  However, the majority of plays were NOT using the Zone Read by design, and these play variations generated some interesting conversations between …

Oregon Devises an Inside Zone Read “Counter” Play!

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From Video How many times after this last game did you hear media sources other than EugeneDailyNews/FishDuck.com declare that, “the Ducks limited Mariota’s running opportunities.”  Or “the Inside Zone Read play is bottled up!”  How many of them actually know what they are talking about or can prove those assertions?  Unfortunately most of them are parroting what they have heard …

New Oregon Strategies Reveal Old Secrets

Charles Fischer Fish Reports 5 Comments

Craig Strobeck Holding on to an Oregon “secret” for a year and a half has been difficult, as ongoing games have confirmed the accuracy of the previously “undisclosed.”  This game against the Cougars revealed TWO new Oregon strategies within the offense that now render the old secrets null and void, thus we can now delight in learning about them, and …