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@ThaScarecro @DSH_Newton Ragin's eligibility and the development of Mattingly and Maloata were the last missing pieces in what I believe will be a surprising, inspired defense.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/pellum-on-the-sidelines-is-the-first-right-move-for-the-oregon-defense.html
@atvinton All that, and they have John Neal to coach them. The secondary is a unit I'm not worried about at all, anchored by four seniors and some great young talent coming up. Daniels and Robinson should be very solid.
@duckusuckers DUS, welcome. It seems like experts look for a reason not to like the Ducks, and a reason to build up the rivals.
@SonomaDuck I don't get the worship of UCLA and Stanford. The Cardinal beat Oregon, but they were 11-3. They lost to Utah, USC and Michigan State. They lost Derek Mason, Trent Murphy, Shane Skov, and Tyler Gaffney. They have four new starters on the offensive line. The schedule is brutal. They're a 9-win team. UCLA? Good team, good coach, but Hundley threw for 64 yards against the Ducks last year.
@duckified The booth view is too detached for what Pellum wants to instill in this year's defense.
@BRukus @dddupree Based on the reports from practice and Freeman's high school film, this is one case where the hype is real. Gary Campbell has NEVER declared a freshman running back a co-starter, and think of some of the running backs he's had.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/pellum-on-the-sidelines-is-the-first-right-move-for-the-oregon-defense.html
@duckusuckers @dddupree A healthy chip, I think. DD makes a good point that the Ducks have the advantage, oddly of being a very talented team the "experts" expect to fail.
@dddupree The attitude and mindset look great, and the new additions have developed wonderfully. In just three days we get a strong indication of where they are.
@BRukus Interesting about Aliotti and Saban--Nick has a wealth of knowledge, and Saban is a master of thorough preparation.
@BRukus @Dale Newton @elk4me @SonomaDuck Appreciate that you guys worked this out and got the discussion back to football. I like a spirited debate and differing, passionate opinions. It's the name-calling stuff that drags message boards down, and we've been able to avoid that here. Totally fine to disagree, but state your case, and everybody dialed it back to that, which is great.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/marcus-mariota-on-goals-pressure-and-preparation.html
@Hoosierduck Hooz, I am always optimistic, with the willingness to turn surly, bitter and recriminating later on.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/the-ducks-are-ready-for-this-and-you-should-be-too.html
@JonSousa 2014-15 College Football Playoff Playoff SemifinalRose Bowl - Jan. 1, 20155pm ET, ESPN (Tickets) Playoff SemifinalSugar Bowl - Jan. 1, 20158pm ET, ESPN (Tickets)
Championship Game AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TXMonday, Jan. 12, 2015 - 8:30pm ET, ESPN
--The advantage of this set up is that the Championship Game should be a sharper game with less layoff, but I see what you're saying. They probably chose these dates to maximize the money and exposure, which is the reason they do everything.
They also sought to fit the playoffs into the existing bowl format, because they didn't want to axe that goose.
@NormVanbrocklin We shall see indeed. I have a lot of respect for Pat Narduzzi, Mark Dantanio and the toughness and discipline of the Michigan State defense, but I do know they are replacing six starters including an all-league middle linebacker, and the Ducks should have a full complement of improved weapons for that confrontation.
@Ducko30 Brodie, welcome. D30, the Spartans manhandled Ohio State in the Big10 Championship game, the Buckeyes running Urban Meyer's spread offense.
@BRukus @elk4me @SonomaDuck Calling out the guy with an anonymous internet handle on a message board is neither effective or courageous.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/marcus-mariota-on-goals-pressure-and-preparation.html
@NormVanbrocklin @BRukus @elk4me @SonomaDuck Whoa NVB--that's out of bounds. You can disagree with me or anyone here but no personal stuff. Keep it above the belt, as Rob Moseley used to say.
@goducks58 gd, it is always great to hear from you. I am looking forward to the roar of the Harley, this year more than any other.
3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/the-ducks-are-ready-for-this-and-you-should-be-too.html
@dddupree Really looking forward to the debut of the three-headed monster at running back, and whether the talk of discipline and execution translates to game day.
@MicTod Week one of the season is a time for optimism, and the fans of any team with Marcus Mariota at quarterback ought to be able to muster some, although it may be hard in Oakland or St. Louis next year. Your two things are very cogent--if the Ducks achieve those, I won't wind up looking like an idiot.
@SteveBusby Thanks, Steve. The exciting thing is, all of our assertions are about to be tested. We'll find out who the experts are.
@LynnMurphy Appreciate it, Lynn. In a few weeks, probably by evening of October 11th, we'll know whether I'm Nostradamus or The Amazing (not so amazing) Kreskin.
@Ducko30 You know, D30, you'd love to have a 3-year starter at every position, but this is college football. Every team will be a mix of old and new. The doomsayers are just flat wrong.
@atvinton @stroupenator In character and integrity Helfrich is miles ahead of Kiffin, and it was MH's offense that put up 730 and 65 against the Trojans. Oregon just completed a tremendous fall camp. This coach might just work out.
@stroupenator Kiffin's best season at USC, with all their talent and tradition, was 10-2 in a 28-15 tenure. Helfrich has already exceeded that, and I remain optimistic that he'll continue to grow in the job. He lost two games in his first year. Let's see what he does in this one.
@atvinton Nine true freshman are slated to play, and five made the two-deep. Freeman has been designated a co-starter at running back. Tanner Crew takes over at longsnapper.
@marcusrezatur Elmore Leonard is one of my favorites, a master of story-telling and dialogue. I get itchy sometimes to try something different. Did you read this article on Mariota from the New York Times? Some great information and insight:
4 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/its-keanon-lowe-days-until-duck-football.html
@dddupree @NormVanbrocklin Interesting to note that football's resident expert was 9-4-1 as a starter at Ohio State, 0-1 in bowls. In his career he threw 11 picks and 5 touchdowns.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/its-keanon-lowe-days-until-duck-football.html
@NormVanbrocklin In the program they'd put this in the category of "outside influences" but it is intertesting that Stewart Mandel, David Pollack, Kirk Herbstreit and others all seem to be working from the same script. There's a tendency in the talking head business to try and be edgy and contrarian.
They're making way too much out of the retirement of Nick Aliotti. Don Pellum is his hand-picked successor and protege, a guy with 25 years in the program. I think he'll bring fresh energy, aggressiveness and discipline. I don't see a drop off. Some very misinformed and superficial analysis by that panel.
@duckified Appreciate it, df. Weird to me that on one hand they say Marcus Mariota is the best player in the game and then discount the team. Kevin Hogan has 19 starts. That's great, but Mariota has 26.
@dddupree Thanks DD. I wanted to try something different today and I'm glad you guys were accepting of it. Still lots to talk about now that we're just a week until Matt Wogan tees it up against the Coyotes. Has everybody seen this? I linked it yesterday but it still kind of floors me--they're talking about a team that's lost just 6 game in five years, the winningest program in college football over that time:
@SteveBusby @Dale Newton @duckified You are absolutely right Steve, and that's what I meant. They shifted him to the blind side.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/coming-soon-to-a-football-stadium-near-you.html
@SonomaDuck Lockie has locked up that #2 spot and I think he's ready now.
5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/coming-soon-to-a-football-stadium-near-you.html
@Ducko30 The 2014 team would beat the 2009 team by three touchdowns, I think.
@atvinton That's a great array of talent. 2015 will be an interesting year. The Ducks lose three starters on the offensive line and three in the secondary. Mariota could go early; Armstead and Buckner are eligible. A lot of beaten-down rivals are lying in wait.
@MicTod Offense will always run the show at Oregon, but I like the makeup of this year's defense. Look for a huge payoff from the work the guys in the front seven have put in getting stronger. DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Tyson Coleman are visibly bigger. Armstead and Buckner could be terrors.
@SteveBusby @DrakeMallard The speed Oregon can line up at receiver is truly scary.
@duckified The Ducks have moved veteran Jake Fisher over to left tackle and he has the experience, size, techinique and athletic ability to handle that very well.
@duckified Freeman is not redshirting. Too talented. He plays now. If you redshirt him you run the risk of just wasting a year, because he's such a physically gifted player the NFL will want him the first year he's eligible. Besides, the future is now for the Ducks.
@SonomaDuck Chile Duck posts one that he updates regularly:
Keep in mind that the redshirt is mythical and only saves a year of eligibility if the player doesn't take snaps at any time during the year.
6 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/ducks-close-best-ever-fall-camp-begin-game-week.html
@Ducko30 For a harsh assessment of the Ducks, check out this video Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack of ESPN:
@rgyle Best ever was my own assessment, based on the quality of attitude and the readiness players displayed, especially the young ones. There's a great work ethic on this team. Glad you're getting the games and looking forward to your impressions. Opener is 7:30 p.m. on PAC-12 Network, Michigan State Game is 3:30 Pacific on Fox.
@dddupree @Dale Newton Appreciate that very much, and thanks again for contributing. Agree with you that barring catastrophic injury developments (Ohio State lost Braxton Miller the other day, and Texas A&M lost an all-league offensive tackles. Michigan State lost their 305-pound nose tackle.) the Ducks will have a great season.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/to-win-the-national-championship-you-first-have-to-get-past-the-selection-committee.html
@DonealDuck I'm really saying they should let him take the lead in calling the plays. He's the guy who has to make them work, but he's smart enough to take input from the booth, the sideline, other players. His grasp of the game and the Oregon offense is phenomenal. The play calling from the booth and the sideline relay wasn't all that great at times last year.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/ducks-should-go-back-to-the-future-with-uniquely-talented-qb.html
@sherrybb @Dale Newton YW. The guys share some great links and comic asides in the comments section. Sometimes I write a post just so I can read the comments.
@callmeduckman The hurry-up offense predates the signal system. Joe Montana and Unitas were masters of it. Play at the line. Simple concept.
@dddupree @NormVanbrocklin I do have faith in the panel's commitment to college football and the game and getting it right. But it's not the end to the controversy.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/to-win-the-national-championship-you-first-have-to-get-past-the-selection-committee.html
@Raygun383 @DrakeMallard Oh boy.
@NormVanbrocklin Not wanting to get into the politics of it--Ms. Rice is certainly intelligent and by all accounts a passionate and knowledgeable college football fan but a committee made of folks with ties to USC, Stanford and the SEC makes me nervous. It's at least potentially a tough panel for Oregon.
@dddupree @NormVanbrocklin Lots of variables could change the perspective. There's only one Chip Kelly,there's only Marcus Mariota, and it can go a lot of ways from here.
The other factor is that the whole dang conference is so strong, with an amazing coaching fraternity.
@NormVanbrocklin @dddupree That's an important distinction NVB, and rings true. There would be revaluations and postmortems. 9-4 is well below expectations for this group and the talent they have.