Understanding the Jim Leavitt Defense: Oregon’s Basic 3-4 Structure

Cameron Soran Analysis 12 Comments

Being that I live in Oregon (though not a Duck fan myself), I’ve had a sort of voyeur interest in watching both the collapse and rise of Oregon’s defense in recent years. For a decade and a half, the Ducks defense was guided by the adaptive hand of Nick Aliotti. Following his departure, Oregon enjoyed one more good year on …

3-4? 3-3-5? 4-2-5? Understanding Oregon’s Defensive Fronts

Coach Morris Analysis, Learning the Jim Leavitt 3-4 Hybrid Defense 31 Comments

Charles Fischer [the head man at FishDuck.com] keeps telling me that many fans, and he, are confused about the configuration of the Oregon front 7: the defensive linemen and linebackers [LBs]. So let’s have a look. At first glance, Coach Jim Leavitt’s most used/base front, appears to be a typical 3 [linemen]-4 [LBs] defense. But the devil’s in the details; …

Ducks Defensive Backs’ New “Knock-it-Loose PUNCH Technique”

Coach Morris Analysis, Fish Reports 4 Comments

Earlier, we, at FishDuck.com, showed examples of Colorado’s 2016 corners using the “shadow technique” to effectively neutralize the Washington Huskies’ great WR, John Ross. Remember, this pass defense technique will now be taught by the Oregon Ducks’ new, outstanding corners’ coach, Charles Clark. Today, we’ll look at what a defensive back must do if he fails to execute the shadow …

Cornerbacks: Oregon’s New PRESS TECHNIQUE

Coach Morris Analysis, Fish Reports 12 Comments

My friends … we have some tremendous new techniques to learn from our new coaching staff, and this article begins a crucial area for us as fans to understand. One-on-one coverage or “man” is the most difficult for us fans to know whether if the form or technique is correct, and Coach Morris is going to help us again learn …

Get Ready for Oregon’s New Pass Defense

Coach Morris Coach's Opinion, Learning the Jim Leavitt 3-4 Hybrid Defense 31 Comments

Ever have one of those moments when you highly praise someone or something to a lot of people – and then when they see that someone or something, it’s, admittedly, pretty awful?  As a highly opinionated [about most everything] old man, it’s happened lots of times to me.  My most recent humbling experience came Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl [What …

The 4-3 vs the 3-4 Defensive Analysis: Expectations for Oregon Football

Evan Markel Analysis, Fish Reports 9 Comments

Oregon’s spring game is just days away, and, in case you missed it, there were some major changes to the coaching staff. The most anticipated change came at the defensive coordinator position with the hiring of Brady Hoke, who has never held the position before. In his early years, Hoke established himself as an excellent defensive line coach, spending six …