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@NormVanbrocklin @sherrybb Armstead is the logical "emergency" tackle in that he has the perfect length and agility for the job, but NVB, you're right in that it's an impossible switch midseason. They need him just as badly at defensive tackle. Ducks moved reserve Stetzon Bair over from the defense, 6-9, 290, a redshirt junior. Definitely has the wingspan for the job. They desperately need to get Fisher healthy, which would improve the outlook a lot.

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@MarcTheDuck @1pac12fan It's tougher to blitz the Air Raid effectively with 5 men in the pattern and so many quick options, but yeah, they have to get more pressure on the quarterback.

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@Hoosierduck Offensive Pass Interference (OPI). The term "pick" of "pick play" is not in the rule book. In the NCAA, it occurs when an offensive team player, who is beyond the line of scrimmage, makes contact that interferes with a defensive team player. "It is the responsibility of the offensive player to avoid the opponents."

Mariota was 14-15 in the second half, and the incompletion was a drop. It was one of the most phenomenal quarterback performances we'll ever see, and he's liable to have 3 or 4 more just like that.

12 hours, 50 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/as-long-as-the-ducks-have-mariota-im-saying-theres-a-chance.html

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@dddupree @Dale Newton @1pac12fan Allen has had a lights-out debut with 5 tds and 14 catches for 299 yards, 21.3 yards a catch.  They needed someone to emerge at receiver and he has in a big way. He's not the typical track star playing football, that's certain.

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@dddupree @Dale Newton They face another challenge like that scheme-wise next time up with Rich Rodriguez bringing his brand of spread football to Autzen.

12 hours, 56 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/as-long-as-the-ducks-have-mariota-im-saying-theres-a-chance.html

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@rgyle Rob Moseley on what the Ducks are doing to utilize the bye:

Helfrich’s assistants will be out recruiting this week, so the Ducks will have weight-lifting, meetings and practices Tuesday through Thursday, though the practices may more closely resemble walk-throughs. “We’re going to do some physical stuff, and a ton mental,” Helfrich said Sunday night.

12 hours, 58 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/as-long-as-the-ducks-have-mariota-im-saying-theres-a-chance.html

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@Denverduck07 DD, good observations. Oregon is a hunted team that will get everyone's best effort, all year long. Cal and Colorado will bring it against the Ducks. Little Brother will play the best game of their season. They're having injury woes of their own, with Victor Bolden going down in advance of their showdown with USC in the Coliseum

13 hours, 1 minute ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/as-long-as-the-ducks-have-mariota-im-saying-theres-a-chance.html

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@BRukus @MarcTheDuck Blitzing isn't a panacea, but it's part of an effective strategy against an Air Raid team. Leach's attack gives the quarterback a lot of quick options, including the illegal pick for easy gains.

13 hours, 7 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/as-long-as-the-ducks-have-mariota-im-saying-theres-a-chance.html

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@MarcTheDuck If the Ducks had any other quarterback in the country, they would have lost that game. Oregon needs more from their defense and the offensive line, and the bye week is timed perfectly.

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@DrakeMallard He looks very natural rolling right and throwing on the move, and he did so in his high school highlight film. Legendary St. Louis quarterback coach Vinnie Passas gave this young man a great foundation in the game.

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@SteveBusby @Dale Newton I'm not a strong X's and O's guy, but clearly Oregon needs to vary their coverages and pressures and execute better. The offense has up to 5 men in the pattern. You can rush 3 and cover with 8, rush 4 and cover with 7, etc. Keep the quarterback guessing, attack and be aggressive. Take some risks, and always keep competing. Catch the football when he makes mistakes.

13 hours, 14 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@duckusuckers Just a note--Fentress's responses are migrated automatically by the Livefyre software from Twitter. His LOLs were Twitter replies, still no less dismissive and oversimplifying.


Great observations on the game. It is a very tough road trip to Pullman and one that has been a ravenous jaw to the buttocks for the Ducks for many, many years. I can remember Wesly Mallard tipping away a pass on the last play of the game one year in the mallard-green helmet days.

13 hours, 17 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@SteveBusby @Dale Newton @atvinton Grasu alludes to the same thing in the video. I wonder if an option for the Ducks might be to put Doug Brenner in at center and move Grasu to guard or tackle. He gives up some size at 6-3 300 playing out of position, but his intelligence, agility, leadership and technique might be their best solution in the rework.

13 hours, 22 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@Platypus1 Scott Frost did a great job of adjusting the playcalling in the second half to get Mariota away from the rush and give him quick throws to establish rhythm. Oregon made some good adjustment in pass protections and Mariota used his escapability to do the rest.


His longest run of the year is 41 yards, and he's been cut off downfield in a way we didn't see in the last two years. He's a long strider, a smooth runner who is deceptively fast. He's making a better effort to protect the ball and his body, you don't see him making cutbacks in the open field, rather he heads for the sidelines. Something to watch. Got up with a little bit of a limp after his 28-yard scramble on 4th and 10 in the fourth quarter.

13 hours, 24 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@stroupenator The offensive line was a strength of the team until they lost their top three tackles to injury in the first three weeks of the season. Even with a patchwork group they carried Oregon to 501 yards and a 38-31 win, in victory formation in the red zone at the end of the game. Greatwood is a decorated and accomplished line coach who is doing a brilliant job under difficult circumstances. I disagree with your take on the situation but I thank you for contributing.

13 hours, 29 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@Ducko30 Love Mariota's demeanor, character and humility. And wow, is he cool under pressure. 14-15 in the second half, and the miss was a drop.


We'll all be watching closely to see the response from Oregon's defense for the Arizona game in 10 days. Anu Solomon had 526 yards passing against Cal, and the Wildcats scored 36 points in the 4th quarter to win.

13 hours, 35 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@SteveBusby Ducks need to get more pressure on the passer, and they need to employ a variety of methods to do it. 4-man fronts, blitzes, better coverage, better individual technique by the core three rushers, all of that is important. Disrupting the quarterback's timing and limiting his ability to sit back comfortably and go through his progressions are vital. Oregon's defense has been getting chewed up so far, except for the second halves against South Dakota and MSU.

13 hours, 40 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@SteveBusby @atvinton Oddly veteran Hamani Stevens had as much difficulty as anyone, beaten badly by stunts and a with a critical holding penalty behind the play on Mariota's 70-yard keeper from the shadow of the goal line.

13 hours, 43 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@atvinton @SteveBusby I talked with him this spring by telephone for an interview for Duck Sports Authority, and the young man is bright, funny and a very good all-around athlete. He is being thrown in to a very challenging situation but he will get better every game. If the Ducks get him some help in the form of getting Lousi, Fisher and Voeller back, they just might survive here and keep Mariota healthy.

13 hours, 44 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@SteveBusby Crosby is more athletic, as witnessed by his diving fumble recovery early in the game. He played on the left side all through high school and Greatwood feels he's their strongest option there until Fisher gets back.

13 hours, 47 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@atvinton @SonomaDuck Good point about Baylis. Brown has established himself as the number one tight end, and that group is also banged up.

13 hours, 48 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@SteveBusby @SonomaDuck Royce Freeman did a good job in pass protection, notably on the touchdown to Pharaoh Brown. They'll keep working on it but it's definitely a concern.


Oregon has an undersized group of linebackers who are not playing well as a unit right now. They have to get better or the Ducks will continue to be gashed by chunk plays. The safeties are making all of the tackles.

13 hours, 49 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@SonomaDuck Having the tight ends chip a defensive end might help, but the defense is then free to counter with more blitzers. Oregon wins on offense by spreading the field and making the defense defend all of it. It's an option and a look but as Steve points out, it takes Oregon's slot receiver out of the game.

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@atvinton @duckahead.com guy It would have been harder with the crowd screaming and the defense amped up by a go-ahead score, but let's agree that the game was close and the Ducks were both resilient and fortunate to win and that Mariota carried them to victory.

13 hours, 54 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@duckahead.com guy And run a pick play for the 2-point conversion in the right corner. Geronimo would have gone for 2. Blackbeard would have gone for 2. Leach certainly would have.


The two missed field goals, one on each side, loomed large at that point. Imagine if the Ducks would have gotten the ball back needing a field goal to win. Imagine if they face that scenario later in the year.

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@dsrandall Allen has had an incredible start, 14 catches for 299 yards (21.4 a catch) and 5 TDs. He's on his way to becoming a breakout star in the PAC-12.

The missed call helped the Ducks, but there was about 3:40 left when that happened, and it wasn't the only missed or noncall in the game. You are right that they were lucky, but they got an incredible effort from their quarterback and earned the win.

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@Platypus1 @totalDuck The Oregon coaches have made some great second half adjustments and they will continue to try to shore up the question marks. 

I'm not thinking about or looking ahead to the college football playoff at this point. They have to improve and heal during the bye week and survive these next two games. The team struggled against the Cougars and will have many challenges over the next 8 games.

14 hours, 7 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@totalDuck Rodney Hardrick led the linebacker group with 7 tackles and a TFL, Walker had 6, Malone 5. Tony Washington had 6 and a sack. Pass coverage is not a strength for this group. Torrodney Prevot could have made this a much different game. Had a crucial missed tackle on the first touchdown drive and two drops, one on what was likely a pick six.


Oregon's road gets harder from here. They will face lots of adversity, and they have two daunting weaknesses, the defense and the offensive line.

14 hours, 10 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@atvinton The official explanation was that Halliday gets rid of the ball too quickly and picks up a blitz too readily, but it seemed like there were lots of plays where he had 9 seconds to throw, and if the Ducks did get any pressure he threw hurriedly and missed his target.

14 hours, 15 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@rgyle Defensively, it looks more like just "break" to me. They didn't a decent job against the run, the tackling was poor, and the secondary was atrocious. Soft coverage and no pass rush is a bad recipe. They were victimized by pick plays and crossing routes.


It could be this season that the quick loss of the top three offensive tackles is just too much to overcome in the long haul. The Ducks are now inexperienced and vulnerable on the offensive line, unless 1) Fisher comes back right away and 2) they get lucky and this is the end of the flood of injuries.

14 hours, 18 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@goducks58 Most notably the glaring picks by the WSU receivers, rubout routes that the Ducks run also, but blatant and unchecked in this game. Bill Laimbeer would have a delighted smirk on his face, watching all those uncalled flagrant fouls.

18 hours, 38 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/if-its-broke-fix-it-what-the-ducks-need-to-do-now-to-stay-viable-in-the-pac-12.html

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@SonomaDuck @Dale Newton @sherrybb


It's part scheme and adjustments, and part execution. Sherry is absolutely right that the tackling was miserably. The defense looked like they were playing on skates at times.

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@SonomaDuck @Ducko30 Alabama looked like the most complete team in college football this weekend. An accurate quarterback, a stifling defense, a matchup nightmare at receiver, two strong running backs, a punishing offensive line, a great head coach, and deep pockets to lure all that talent to Tuscaloosa. The Ducks couldn't beat Alabama or Oklahoma right now. Maybe by January they can close the gap.

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@Ducko30 @SonomaDuck Really, at the half it looked like a game they could lose. But they hung together and won, and the play-calling helped the offensive line to be more more effective in the second half.

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@hoboduck @SonomaDuck With three good running backs the multiple role is their best way to get all their best playmakers in the offense. Marshall made some clutch catches in this game and two great runs--his 13-yard carry for a first down bouncing off tackles was gigantic, and two big receptions for first downs in the fourth quarter saved this game.


I think all three running backs are enormously talented, and Gary Campbell has to counsel them through the frustration of not being featured so far this year. The offensive line needs to heal and gel so that Oregon won't be so reliant on Mariota's heroics: they need the punch and power of the running game to keep winning. They got it going a little in the fourth quarter against the Cougs and it helped them win. They still netted 501 yards of offense and 173 rushing yards in spite of the problems.

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@SonomaDuck Very good points, SD. Did you know that Utah has a kicker who has made 20-23 in his career? Ducks haven't had that kind of reliability since Nathan Villegas.

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@duckified Absolutely they have to improve, but don't underestimate Mariota. He just might be able to carry them every week, although I hope he doesn't have to. 

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@deep south duck Absolutely a championship drive requires the resilience to win ugly. In 2010 Auburn made a season out of it, and the Ducks escaped at Cal 15-13. Oddly it wasn't just the new tackles, Crosby and Pierson that had problems. Hamani Stevens has 16 career starts--he was getting blown up inside and had a crucial, crippling holding call on Mariota's 70-yard scramble in the second quarter wheen they were pinned at their own goal line. They need Lousi and Fisher for depth as soon as possible. Andre Y is probably out until November.

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@BRukus @Dale Newton @Hoosierduck Oregon didn't have a good answer for the Air Raid, and the Cougars have always played them tough, particularly in Pullman. Next game is against Rich Rodriguez and his hot redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon, and we need to see some adjustments and growth from this coaching staff and this team.

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@BRukus @Dale Newton @rgyle Spartans manhandled Eastern Michigan 73-14. They could go undefeated in the Big Ten, which will be great for the Ducks "RPI."

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@stroupenator Great players find a way to win, and coaches have to rely on players to make plays. You are certainly right that Mariota rescued the Ducks. He's the best player in college football and Oregon's best ever.

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@rgyle Yikes indeed. . An amazing performance by Mariota. He rose above every obstacle and was just unbeatable. Phenomenal accuracy and poise.


One good thing is, the Ducks can't possibly be overconfident.

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@BRukus The rankings don't matter right now, as you know. Definitely the Ducks have to focus on the next opponent, getting better, and healing. 

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@BRukus @Hoosierduck Missed tackles and dropped interceptions made this game a lot harder.  The loss of Fisher, Johnstone and Yruretagoyena has taken a unit that was a strength and made it a weakness. Haniteli Lousi has been banged up also and unable to play. They have a long week to heal, a bye September 27 with their next game October 2nd, then they don't play UCLA until October 11th. That's some precious time, and this team and this coaching staff knows they have work to do.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/as-long-as-the-ducks-have-mariota-im-saying-theres-a-chance.html

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@Hoosierduck The back-to-back holding calls at the goal line were the worst, Mariota narrowly avoiding a safety (the calls were correct, just an awful time to have them).


Charles Nelson should be returning kicks. It's obvious from the intensity he shows covering them. He's fast, dynamic, fearless, and an impact player with tremendous desire. Tyner right now is displaying the balance of a two-year-old learning to walk. He topples over at first contact every single time. Nelson is the guy in the return game. He'll make big plays, and he's not intimidated. He's no ordinary freshman.


The W is absolutely the biggest takeaway. The 2013 team would have lost this game. This team is resilient, resourceful and very poised. It's Marcus Mariota's team in that sense. That was a gutty, brilliant fourth quarter.


As to the officiating, it takes a few breaks to go undefeated. Look at the recent national championship runs of Auburn, Notre Dame and Auburn again.

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