The Mario Cristobal Offense: Zone Read from the Pistol

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 13 Comments

The Zone Read has been a staple of the Oregon offense for more than a decade now. Since the day Chip Kelly first set foot in Eugene, the Duck offense has used this play to punish even the most tenacious of defenses. Indeed, the Zone Read has become one of the pillars of Oregon football. Traditionally, Oregon has run the Zone Read …

How Oregon’s “Squeeze-n-Pop” Strategy Stifled the Zone Read

Zach Pierson Analysis 4 Comments

Welcome to a special edition of X’s vs. O’s! Whether you are a die-hard Oregon Duck fan or a casual observer, I don’t think anyone expected Oregon to keep pace with Arizona in their November 18th showdown. To come away with such an emphatic victory is even more impressive. The defensive game-plan deserves much of the credit, and is worth studying. Today, …

Feet Into Yards: Taggart Makes a Smart Move With Herbert

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 16 Comments

Something became somewhat obvious in Oregon’s first two games. Then it became crystal clear against Wyoming: Coach Taggart is going to utilize Justin Herbert’s running ability, no matter how some think the quarterback should and should not be used. Honestly, it’s a smart move. When I say that Taggart is going to use Herbert in the run game, I don’t mean this …

Oregon Football Analysis: Speed-Out Pass Combined With the Zone Read

Coach Jeremy McGuire Analysis, Fish Reports 2 Comments

In a previous analysis I discussed Oregon’s Run-Pass Combo. In this follow-up analysis, I will look at how the Ducks use the same strategy to attack defenses by focusing on a single player. With the Duck offense, any defender can be the focus of an offensive play. Tendencies, leverage and spacing are all key points that coaches ponder when calling a specific play. In the …

NFL’s Defense of Terrell Suggs a Problem for the Game

Jimmy Friedricks FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

In week 2 of the NFL preseason, Sam Bradford made his first start for the Philadelphia Eagles after recovering from a second ACL tear that sidelined him for most of last season. He was impressive, completing 3-of-5 passes and leading the Eagles to a touchdown in his only drive of the game. But what stuck out to me was Terrell Suggs’ incredibly dirty …

Influencing the Defense in the Option Game

Levi Steier Analysis 2 Comments

Football is a game of position and space, and coaches spend a great deal of time analyzing their schemes to incorporate wrinkles and techniques that will influence the opposition. In most cases, causing a slight hesitation, or a few small steps in the wrong direction, can result in a big play. Option football, which includes the zone read, is predicated on this. …

Oregon Explosion Plays: How the Ducks Win in the Trenches

Levi Steier Fish Reports 0 Comments

I used to have a coach that said the key to winning football games was winning the war in the trenches.  Obviously, there are many factors involved in winning football games, but it is hard to argue against the importance of controlling the line of scrimmage. Early in 2014, Oregon suffered multiple key injuries to the offensive line, resulting in a scenario …

3 Ways Oregon Makes Sure the Defense is Always Wrong

Alex Kirby Analysis 0 Comments

One reason I love the style of offense that Oregon uses is that it makes so much sense. In the old days, it wasn’t uncommon to hear football coaches say things like, “I don’t care if they put 14 guys in the box, we’re going to run the ball and they’re going to have to stop it!” Since that time, however, conventional …

Chip Kelly, Brad Smith and the Wildcat

Joe Kearns Analysis 2 Comments

It was Dec. 1, 2013. With the score at 7-7 in the second quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles marched to the Arizona Cardinals’ 6-yard line. It was at this moment when Chip Kelly unveiled a surprising wrinkle.                     If Nick Foles was there, who was lined up as quarterback? Meet Brad Smith. …