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FishDuck

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A Real Pain in the Pass

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Want to learn a little about a new area that we haven’t covered before? This analysis could especially be pertinent for this fall considering the progression of our QB and all the fast experienced targets to throw to. Enjoy and learn some as I did…..

An Analysis: How the Ducks Soar in the Secondary

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It is hardly believable that I would get two analyses in back-to-back weeks by guest coaches that both end up in our Tutorials, but this week’s by Coach Pettus is that exceptional to be the second. He makes it easy to understand the hardest area for most of us as fans to grasp—and that is secondary coverages.

TAKE AND GIVE: Oregon’s Bubble Zone Read Philosophy

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What is a great way to learn the Oregon Offense? Let a coach who has copied and played Oregon’s Spread Offense explain it in plain terms to you! Coach Flinn runs this offense and gave all Oregon fans a landmark article in an area we have all wondered about. Oregon actually "Zone Reads" the Bubble Screen? What are the decision rules? The Coach helps us with all these questions. Read over there and let’s discuss here, as this article is rich in information.

Expert QB Analysis of UO Commit Morgan Mahalak

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We get so much juicy recruiting information from great sites like this one that it is nice to offer some information that the sites do not have. It has come from two QB Coaching Specialists who have worked with Morgan for two years now and know him and his abilities quite well.

Play Fast! How Oregon Wins 4th Down…

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How do other college coaches view and emulate the Oregon Offense? This week a college coach shares what he has learned watching the Ducks and how it is applied to his team in winning the fourth down battle we face in key games. Read there and discuss here, because I’m curious as to the slight difference that fans/coaches would see in the two teams.

Isn’t an Oregon Quarterback SWEEP Risky?

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It’s more than a new play, as it is also a philosophical question about the involvement of the QB within the Oregon Offense. How far do the coaches go in mixing things up for the opposing defenses by running the most valuable player of the Ducks scoring machine? I am always interested in the thoughts of others….

Oregon ran Sucker Plays on USC?

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In all the Fish Reports completed over the last 21 months—I have not run into this before.

Paralysis By Analysis: The Running Game’s Impact

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I was not sure about Todd’s title, until I read through and realized that he makes a good point about the difficulty a defender has with our offense. Read over there and discuss here; think the play action pass is going to be the same weapon this year as in the past?

Special Teams Analysis: In the Blink of an Eye

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It’s fun to look back big plays of the season and determine why they did so well. Todd Moore breaks down a big Special Team’s play that helped us win a BCS game, and it is always a question as to how much of it is the runner, and how much should be credited to the other players.

How the Ducks "Go": The Oregon No-Huddle Language

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It is a sad day as Josh moves on to other opportunities to build his career, but I am very happy for his growth as our objective is to support and promote the futures of our young writers. He brings up some things to consider about Oregon’s method of communication within the No-Huddle. Read over there, and discuss here; do you think most of Oregon’s offense is down to one word?

Spring Game Coaching Surprises

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I believe I could immediately see the impact of a new coach in the Spring Game, and see if you don’t agree. Read there and discuss here as usual, and I am curious if others noticed the same thing? This bodes well…..

The Oregon Classic: The Inside Zone Read

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Learn again about the fundamental play of the Oregon offense and see what over 100,000 fans and coaches have studied since we began delving into what makes the Duck Spread Offense special. The coach may change, but the basics of how Oregon runs their offense does not. For the fan who wants to learn a little and be entertained—this video is ideal. Good to see LaMichael James again!

Analyzing Oregon’s "Mystery Men" at Linebacker

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We all know that Oregon returns a very good team for 2013, but who is going to be our WILL and MIKE LBs is yet unknown. Sean does an analysis of showing us some good things the young-gun LBs have done, and we learn a little about defensive technique besides. Read over there, and do discuss here as usual. Oh how we love to learn about our beloved Ducks…..

Special Teams Analysis: It Starts With A Kick!

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It’s fun to learn a little more about special teams—not too deep in complexity, but being introduced to two concepts that help us understand kickoff coverage sure makes us appreciate the games that much more. Some of you coaching types….more to add?

The Oregon Game Plans: Kelly or Helfrich?

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Can Coach Helfrich duplicate the amazing Game Plans of Coach Kelly? Let’s look at the Fiesta Bowl Game Plan and how we arrive at some conclusions about this crucial question from this study. Do YOU think the Game Plans will be similar? (Discuss over here)

Referee Analysis: The Stanford Debacle

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I am blown away. I was so focused on the Xs and Os of the game (with the sound turned off) that I whipped through all of the examples given in this referee analysis when viewing the game again—and I missed them. Now, I am stunned at the total level of incompetence, and not from the play that everyone reviews! I cannot recall so many examples that went against Oregon that were WRONG in a game of such magnitude. We at Oregon lost a shot at the NC while all our conference members lost untold millions to balance the budgets. If you read nothing else, please read the concluding paragraph and tell me if I’m over-reacting.

Oregon Has a Counter Play After All!

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In my conversations with Josh and other high school coaches, we have lamented the loss of the counter play in the Oregon offense, and now we realize it was there under our nose all along! Nice catch by Josh and some fun screenshots from five years ago. My thanks to Bret Landess (Scubaduck) who provided the cool footage of the Purdue game of 2008 for examples of the old counter in the Oregon offense. I going to put it out there….what other plays serve as a counter now? (C’mon coaches….) P.S. If any of you have more footage of 2007, 2008, or 2009…I need it!

Is Oregon Adding a Tight End Twist?

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There is something interesting going on with our Zone Read attack as it appears that Oregon has added a new wrinkle to help open things up. We KNEW as fans that our coaches are continuously countering-the-opponents-counters to us, but this is fascinating to me. I love how it utilizes a position of strength, and opens things up further for Lyerla and Ka’ai. Think we will see it further?

Oregon Special Teams Analysis: Swinging What?

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How many of you have asked for more info about our Special Teams? New Analyst Todd Moore breaks down a play from one of our favorite Special Team formations, and it is surprising all that is going on in fractions of a second. Read and come back to discuss here….and I’m curious if you think he made the right decision on this. Should Dion have banged it up the middle?

Aliotti’s Zone Coverages Gut the Wildcats’ Passing Game

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Guys…don’t miss this one. The skill of a writer is reflected in how he can take the complicated and make it simple for us to understand, and Sean did a great job with secondary zone coverages. I learned some things and hope you do too. (Read there and discuss here-thanks)

Ducks Zone Blitz Attack De-Claws the ‘Cats

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How did we stop Kansas State’s passing game in the Fiesta Bowl? Sean answers it in another informative and entertaining analysis….just when I thought last week’s was the best!

How Oregon Stuffed the "Optimus" Klein Option Attack

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Ready to take a break from the recruiting drama to learn about our defense? Sean grew up as a "Coach’s son" and had been breaking film down for his father for over 15 years. He served as a consultant this last summer to my defensive tutorials, and now is producing his first analysis for Oregon fans.

Oregon’s In-Game Adjustment Skins Cats

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Want an example of an in-game adjustment where we changed our plays to counter a defensive strategy? Josh found one in the Fiesta Bowl that occurred early on, and since Helfrich was on the headphones—he knows all about these strategies. (For all we know—it may have been him that suggested it!) Interesting key by the defense…. We have begun Basketball Analysis of the Dana Altman attack and will have a new one up on the front page Wednesday. Read there and discuss here! Thanks to all.

Fiesta Bowl No Huddle Dynamics

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Hey guys-there is some great information by Josh about the formations and plays that brought about an important touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl. The play change-ups were interesting to me….

New Oregon Basketball Analysis

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We are now offering Oregon basketball analysis to help the fan learn more about our beloved Ducks, not to the degree as a coach, but in some smaller entertaining portions in order to enjoy the games that much more. As always…read the article over there and come back here to discuss, as I would appreciate your input on this strategy and how it is explained.

Chip Kelly’s "No-Read" Inside Zone Play

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This is a foundation play of the Oregon Spread Offense and I’m a little ashamed that I did not cover before now, and that it is not yet in the Tutorials. This is a bedrock play for thousands of football teams, and one that Chip Kelly uses extensively, especially in the Fiesta Bowl recently. It is a vital running play where there is no optioning or "reading" by the QB, and is another important play for us fans to become familiar with. Read there, and discuss here as always and thanks to you all.

Chip Kelly’s Surprise "Throwback" Fiesta Bowl Strategy

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If there was ever an example of Chip reaching deep into the tool box to throw a curve at the opponent—this is it. I don’t know which is more thrilling; finding something he used a long time ago at Oregon in this game, or knowing that he’s going to be here another year to study!

Chip Kelly’s Fiesta Bowl Game Plan

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This is the third in a three part series analyzing Kansas State and learning how we will defense the Wildcats and how we will attack them. Josh pulls some interesting comparisons to other games, and I’m curious if others agree with his conclusions. (Read there, discuss here as usual)

Oregon’s "Numbers" Advantage In the Fiesta Bowl

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This is an interesting analysis as to how Baylor gained an advantage in numbers on the Wildcats, and how Oregon can capitalize. Watch there, discuss here as usual-thoughts?

Collin Klein and the Magic of Bill Snyder

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Now this is interesting analysis from Josh! We begin to learn a little about what makes the Kansas State offense so impressive, and as you read—doesn’t it remind you of Cam Newton two years ago? We have faced some amazing QBs in our bowl games recently of Pryor, Newton, Russell Wilson, and now Collin Klein. It’s fun to see how they feature him and the task our defense has. Think we can slow him down the way we did Newton?

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