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Since I know everyone can't stop thinking about that big Oregon game in September, I thought I'd share some interesting literature (by an Oregon blogger) on how to stop the high-speed Ducks offense, as performed by the Stanford defense in November of last year.
http://fishduck.com/2012/11/how-stanford-stopped-the-oregon-offense/ (Part 1)
http://fishduck.com/2012/11/how-stanford-stopped-the-oregon-offense-2/ (Part 2)
Now we all know that the wizard Chip Kelly is gone and how will former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich perform as the new HC? Some insist the Oregon offense won't change or miss a beat. Let's assume so for the sake of this analysis:
Stanford's defensive line did a great of shedding blocks and also delaying Oregon's tight-ends when they were supposed to be doing out-routes. QB Mariota in some cases was spying the Cardinal DT in determining whether to run or hand-off.
I'm no head coach, but I can't help but think McCullers and Dan Hood could be our defense's keys to stopping Oregon. The way that fellow big-body Nick Fairley was constantly disrupting the trenches in the 2010 national championship game. If they can shed blocks and force the backfield action to stall or stumble, it can give our secondary and LBs the time needed to recognize the movement..
Needless to say, excellent tackling by the corner-backs and linebackers will be greatly needed if the Ducks put themselves in these open-field scenarios they thrive on.
Anyways, I'd like to hear some thoughts on how you think of defense (with the personnel we currently have) will work to combat the fast-paced Oregon offense. This is just off-season jabber, so I'm open to any thoughts.
This post was edited by patspitzhotfire 12 months ago
~The Volunteer in Brooklyn~
We have to be able to run the ball to control the clock and run it on 3rd and short we they know we are going to run the ball.
Eliminate turnovers on offense and special teams.
Get off the field on 3rd down and disrupt their pace of the game. Take advantage of opportunities when the present themselves to get turnovers.
This will hold true for most games though!
Keep them off the field. Let our offensive line shine in this game. We will need to run the ball up the gut over and over and over and over and over ..... Keep the clock moving and make Oregon get frustrated sitting on the sidelines.
As a duck, let me just say:
turnovers. The only way...
if we win in the trenches we win this game its as easy as that we need a great rush from the d line to create havoc and our oline to open holes.
Tennessee can win this game chip kelly is gone i dont care what people say he made that place great and with him gone its gonna be alot different kelly had that ability to call certain plays at the perfect times that takes unique ability.
Kenjon Barner is gone so thats a big plus we can do it in BUTCH I TRUST GO VOLS!
I'm going with tanks and lasers.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Cam Newton still has a year of eligibility left. That would be a start.
I understand what you're saying...
But Chip Kelly wasn't Oregon's Defensive Line coach. We have the most talented group of D linemen we've ever had. They're huge. Freakishly athletic. Arik Armstead is a name to remember. Granted, I don't know much about the Vol's O line, but it had better be pretty good to hold back our boys. Plus, we play early in the year, which only creates more of a handicap against your offense. I don't see you guys winning 3 yards at a time.
The only thing that concerns me is if our O line gets banged up early in the year. One or two injuries and we're vulnerable. But even then, we have one of the best scrambling/throw on the run/keep plays alive QBs in the game.
I just...I gotta go with my first comments. Win the turnover margin by 3 and you'll be in business.
This post was edited by die yankees die 12 months ago
@denver vol--my reply was funny but offensive. Gotta know your audience before you go "there".
Says The Wizard of Oz!
We have to win on first and second down. Get them in third and long. I wanna see if Mariota(sic) can beat us. I think he is good but not an awesome passer. On offense we have to control the ball. We played them pretty well for a short time last time. Poole had a great first quarter. We just got gassed because of no depth.
+1 to Denver_vol stupid board is refusing to let me post anything via quote so im trying this way
IMO we Win ONLY if we get turnovers and commit none ourselves. Running the ball 30+ for a 5.0 yrd per att will seal the win. Our Defense will need to REST, for that we need long sustained drives. One thing that may help to our benefit is our D getting run to death this summer prepping for going against our own uptempo offense.
Maybe if we can somehow camouflage a couple extra players or develop a cloaking device and get them on the field we might have a chance at stopping them.
Well to answer the OPs title question.. Keep our offense on the field. If our O is on the field then that means the Oregon O is on the sideline, and not scoring. Then we win.
Serious mismatch. If we hold Oregon under 45 it will have been a good day.
Considering our offense is going to run at a faster pace this year compared to last year, I seriously doubt we will keep the Oregon offense off the field.
I agree, in general, however. Personally, I would play slow ball and grind the clock. If they want to score or give me the ball back in 1:30 and let me grind 5 minutes off I would take it.
Coach Jones didn't do that against Tennessee two years ago so I wouldn't expect him to do it in this situation. By that, I mean we won't drain the play clock down inside 10 very often, much less 5. We will run the ball, but we will get back up and run it again and quickly.
I see there being possibility for Tennessee to win every games this year. By no means saying we will, but every opponent can be beaten. Our defense will be greatly improved, but we need Big Dan to blossom as a DT rather than his natural NG tendencies of clogging the line. If the d-line keeps contain, then the Vols have the ability to bottleneck the Ducks productivity and will eliminate a good chunk of the scrambling. Also would not hurt to have a LB spy and focus solely on containing the QB.
On Offense, we need the line to play to their potential. We cant have any break downs like against SCAR. Clowney was completely dominated for 59 minutes and then made his only impact play of the game to seal the win for them.
And +1 to die yankee die for offering an honest opinion and not making inflammatory remarks. After dealing with fans from some of our SEC brethren, it is refreshing to have respectful conversations with another teams fans.
This post was edited by mikeltn 12 months ago
From what I've seen of Butch's Cincy teams it's faster paced, but in the end it's also not. They line up quickly yes to keep the defense from being able to change personnel, but at the end of the day they run the ball a lot. So, it evens out.
And die yankees die - We have an offensive line that is filled with Seniors and Juniors and almost all of them are projected to be drafted next year for the NFL. So, we have some hosses. The question is will the best defensive line the Ducks have had in years be able to match up with the best offensive line UT has had in years. Could be a good matchup.
Lots of good discussion and good takes on what will have to happen. Also a great deal of concern, and rightfully so. But I'll add this. If Butch Jones is who I have percieved him to be, our Vols will head into this game fully confident that they can leave Eugene with a W. He will only allow a championship mindset, no matter the opponent. We've suffered with very good talent(at least offensively) and inept coaching and poor results lately. Now we have good talent on both sides and a Coaching Staff that will get the most out of that talent. Beating Oregon would be an epic signature win for CBJ and just further cement the kids buy in to what he's doing.
A good word to die yankees die for coming over and bringing some good dialogue to the converstation. Don't tell anyone but I like the Ducks and have a lot of fun watching them play.
BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
I posted this in the other thread, but the more and more I think about the Oregon game, the more worried I get. They are returning a lot of their players that played significant minutes over the past few years and if you look at where they have ranked in recruiting over the past half decade, not to mention where their offense and defense has ranked, you could make the argument that they are second only to Bama on our schedule in the sheer number of flat out studs they have on their roster.
Furthermore, from the articles that I've read, it sounds like they won't skip a beat with their new coach, who will continue pretty much the exact same system that Kelly had going.
Bottom line is we are just about going to have a play a perfect game and have them make a slew of mistakes to come out of the Pacific Time Zone with a win.
thanks for the link. that was very insightful
2013. Team 117. Beginning of the new Era.
I did some research and found a way we can win.
We just have to do this:
1. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
2. Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way - SCORE.
3. If at first the game - or the breaks - go against you, don't let up... put on more steam.
4. Protect our kickers, our QB, our lead and our ball game.
5. Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle... for this is the WINNING EDGE.
6. Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.
7. Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.
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