X’s vs. O’s: It’s Blitz! Blitzing vs. Full Slide Pass Protection

Zach Pierson Analysis 0 Comments

Welcome to the sixth installment of X’s vs. O’s. In this series, we will analyze ways in which Oregon utilizes different schemes and techniques to both attack and defend the opposition. Today, we are looking at a play-action pass scheme against a zone blitz. We’ll briefly review the passing concept, the QB’s play fake, and the pass protection scheme before …

Oregon’s Bend-But-Don’t-Break Defense: It WORKS

Charles Fischer Analysis 14 Comments

You have heard the comments in the stands; heck, you may have even said it yourself! “I hate Oregon’s bend-but-don’t-break defense. I hate how we only rush three, and we give up third-and-long way too often!”   Many people say that without understanding the reasoning behind utilizing the bend-but-don’t-break defense, and how it complements the Oregon offense. Let’s take a closer look …

Oregon Football Analysis: The Blitz That Never Was

Jay MacPherson Analysis, Fish Reports 6 Comments

Think about this for a moment: the Ducks went to the National Championship with a first year defensive coordinator, first year linebacker coach, and a second year defensive line coach. Despite this youth among the coaching ranks, and despite being underreported by national media sources, the Oregon defense excels at creating turnovers, which is clearly a point of emphasis by the defensive staff. …

Ducks Zone Blitz Attack De-Claws the ‘Cats Deep Passing Game

Sean Goodbody Fish Reports 1 Comment

Early in the Fiesta Bowl, Collin Klein and the Kansas State offense had success with short throws to help put together some lengthy drives.  My article last week described how the Duck defense stuffed the K-State option game when it counted in the first half, helping Oregon score three unanswered times to build a comfortable lead.  Once the Ducks began piling on points, …