What they’re saying about the Ducks after 4 weeks and a narrow escape

Both fans and analysts say that there isn’t a dominant team in college football this season and every top team has flaws, but Alabama and Oklahoma looked pretty dominant on Saturday. They each used a stifling defense and overpowering offense to engineer big wins, while Florida State struggled without Jameis Winston and the Ducks struggled […]


Oregon’s defense, so far, are the Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players

After four games, the 4-0, #2-ranked Ducks rank 103rd in the country in total defense, giving up 443.5 yards per game and 5.72 yards per play. The Ducks face Arizona in 10 days, a team that beat them 42-16 last year in Tucson. The Wildcats score 42 points a game, led by a redshirt freshman […]


As long as the Ducks have Mariota, I’m saying there’s a chance

Turns out Aaron Fentress was right. The Ducks do have serious flaws, but as long as they have Marcus Mariota, they may continue to find ways to escape them. Oregon is 2-0 right now. Mariota won the other two. Tonight he outlasted the Washington State Cougars with a brilliant performance under relentless pressure. Working behind […]


Defensive outlook for the Ducks: clear with a chance of footballs

Defending against the Air Raid, it’s a little like basketball. Linebackers and defensive backs have to work through picks and adjust on the fly against criss-crossing receivers, and communication  is vital.  They can’t lose anybody and give anybody an open lane to the basket (the goal line) and if they do, safeties Erick Dargan and […]


Morning walk-through: topics for the football tailgate

Infamous Jameis has been suspended for the whole game today by university officials, with national reporters like Rachel Nichols saying the fine doubled when university officials uncovered that he hadn’t been entirely truthful with them. The Seminoles host #22 Clemson at 5:00 p.m. on ABC, a prelim to the Duck game at 7:30 on ESPN. […]


The logical fallacy Duck fans apply to the Ducks

The Ducks give fans the best record in college football over five years, but the talk is always about what’s wrong with them. Not surprising, since Aaron Fentress and others give Oregon followers a steady diet of it. It’s always doom and gloom. The secondary is porous. The offensive line is collapsing. They can’t win […]

Ducks attention to detail a hallmark as they ready for pesky Cougs

If there are any doubts that Mark Helfrich is a detail-oriented coach, Rob Moseley reported that yesterday the Ducks practiced handing the ball off to an official during a red-zone drill. Moseley also said that the team practiced with extra defensive backs, and are preparing reserves like Steven Amoako and Isaac Dixon to make the […]

Taking a chill pill on those dire concerns

Bill Parcells used to like to say “you are who your record says you are” and the record says the Ducks are pretty good. They’re 3-0, 5th in the nation in scoring and 27th in scoring defense, the numbers that matter in the end result. Analysts around the web and traditional media have expressed concern […]


Wednesday Two-Minute drill: Ducks fully prepped for pass-happy Cougs

The future looks bright but it won’t be easy: the PAC-12 released Oregon’s 2015 schedule Tuesday, and it includes road games at Michigan State, Washington, Arizona State,  and Stanford. The Ducks close with Stanford, USC and Arizona State in November, a daunting challenge without Marcus Mariota and no Ifo Ekpre-Olomu or Erick Dargan. In another […]


The one thing missing from the Oregon offense

They bury you with a surge. Last Saturday the Oregon Ducks reeled off 41 straight points, after erupting for 28 unanswered the week before to close out Michigan State. Against Wyoming  they cranked out 263 yards rushing on 37 plays and 293 yards passing on 31 plays. Oregon’s offense ranks 5th in the country at 52 […]