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 …

Taylor Hart: From Duck to Eagle

Joe Kearns Analysis 1 Comment

Chip Kelly didn’t just bring his offensive scheme with him to the Philadelphia Eagles. For the second time in his coaching career, he changed a 4-3 base defense to his 3-4 scheme. To ease this transition in Year 2, Kelly drafted a player in the fifth round who he relied on during the defensive scheme change at Oregon: defensive lineman …

Taylor Hart’s MONSTER Two-Gap Alamo Bowl

Charles Fischer Fish Reports, FishWrap 13 Comments

Everyone knows that linebackers get the bulk of the tackles in a game, thus it was huge surprise to learn that Taylor Hart was Oregon’s leading tackler in the Alamo Bowl, in what was his pinnacle career game with the Ducks.  I consulted with one of the members of the Coaching Team at FishDuck.com to learn HOW Taylor pulled off such …