Recruiting: Should Oregon Football Coaches present NEGATIVE now?

Charles Fischer Editorials 16 Comments

Come on Oregon fans, ‘fess up! If you are reading this it is because you are an extraordinary Duck football fan that cares about the team far beyond all reasonable time that should be given to such a hobby. Like yours truly, you love reading about your beloved Ducks and want them to not just win, but someday win the …

Recruiting Update: Oregon Looking Stronger After New Coaching Hires

August Howell Recruiting 14 Comments

It’s been a wild journey this offseason in the landscape of football recruiting. Head Coach Willie Taggart has seen multiple class of 2017 recruits commit and/or decommit. That pattern is likely to continue as signing day approaches. Taggart’s plan to get Oregon back on track has some players looking elsewhere, while others appear on board with his ideology. A huge piece of …

Taggart brings an Ultimate POWER/MISDIRECTION Play Package to Oregon

Charles Fischer Analysis, Fish Reports, Understanding the Willie Taggart Oregon Spread Offense 15 Comments

The Oregon fans that watched the South Florida Bowl game (another 47 points scored) could not help but see how USF liked to run their quarterback a ton. This is a major decision that Coach Taggart has here at Oregon. It was the subject yesterday of a wonderfully informative and thought provoking article from our own Grizzled Ol’ Coach, Mike …

Recruiting Update: Coaching Changes Mean Drama for Football Recruiting

August Howell Recruiting 8 Comments

The sudden yet not totally unexpected firing of former head coach Mark Helfrich means more uncertainty for the Ducks’ 2017 recruiting class. With the Pac-12 North schools of Washington, Washington State, and Stanford all looking stronger, Oregon has to step up its recruiting strategy. The looming question for this Oregon team is what to do about the defense. How does Willie Taggart recruit players to a defense that …

Coach’s Comments: “Oregon will have TWO New Defenses….”

Coach Morris Analysis, Fish Reports, Learning the Jim Leavitt 3-4 Hybrid Defense 5 Comments

In the past I’ve frequently criticized peoples’ attaching far too much importance to the defensive front used by a team — and several other schematic suggestions. “It’s not important WHAT you do, but HOW well you do it” has been my standard axiom. Well … that’s not always true. An offense could run nothing but “perfect” QB Sneaks for the …

Cleansing of Coaches: Is this what Oregon Needed?

Charles Fischer Editorials 31 Comments

The change of coaching staff has brought about an unexpected vibe beyond what I could have imagined (it figures since being a season ticket holder for 30 years), as I am used to coaching continuity at Oregon, and clearly not used to wholesale change. Oh sure — I anticipated the excitement of the unknown and the hopes of Oregon football …

Coach’s Comments: “Taggart assembling my Defensive DREAM TEAM”

Charles Fischer Editorials 18 Comments

The Grizzled Ol’ Coach was on a roll, as he was extolling the credentials of the defensive coaches that new Oregon Head Coach Willie Taggart has assembled for Oregon, and  those who are rumored to join the staff shortly. The GOC (Mike Morris) was very excited about Jim Leavitt becoming Defensive Coordinator, as he felt that the strengths of Leavitt matched …

Analyzing the Impressive USF Candidates for the Willie Taggart Oregon Staff

Coach Morris Coach's Opinion 9 Comments

Mr. FishDuck asked me to have some fun and have a speculative look at whom Willie Taggart’s new Oregon coaching staff might include from his current staff at the University of South Florida.  This is definitely going to be fun for me as the naming of each new assistant – whether I saw it coming or whether it’s a big surprise …

Coach’s Comments: Evaluating P.J. Fleck versus Willie Taggart

Coach Morris Coach's Opinion 2 Comments

Charles Fischer asked me to share my thoughts about what to expect from teams coached by P.J. Fleck and Willie Taggart. While obviously what follows is almost pure speculation, there “could” be some interesting differences. Willie Taggart already has in place at South Florida what I would consider an “All-Star” offensive staff.  Their resumes are far too lengthy for me …