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Why did he declare for the NFL last year ... considering he wasn't drafted and had eligibility left?
If winning was easy even losers would do it.
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Word around here (though it's from biased UW fans) is that he left so he wouldn't have to talk to the NCAA.
Everyone knew he wasn't touching the NFL, I'd imagine that included him as well. Sad though, because with his improved passing, this could have been their best offense yet - and I would have put them at #1.
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Not until they can play upfront with the SEC.
But I agree about Thomas.
Thy actually didn't do a bad job against LSU, If they hadn't kept turning the ball over so much that might have been a very interesting 4th quarter.
I agree they can't just go head to head in the trenches - but they put a lot of speed in their back 7, and Nick Allioti does a tremendous job of coaching these kids. They rarely miss tackled, and that sort of makes up for a lack of brute force in te trenches.
It would have been fun to see, but I wasn't very impressed with Mariota, the new QB, and I think the Ducks will lose a few times in conference play.
I thought they did OK against AUB and LSU all things considered.
On offense more so than defense. Even Wisco ran at em very effectively in what turned out to be a fantstic Rose Bowl.
And also, people complain about the Wisco OL and their uncalled penalties need to watch Oregon. Chop Block U.
Auburn was held to 22 points, their second lowest production of the year and LSU ran it for 3.6 a carry, so yeah. . . I'd say the defense did ok against both teams.
From an Oregon standpoint, this is the most common theory. It was not a good decision and caught Duck fans off guard.
The talk of worrying about sanctions is just that, talk.
We'll likely receive sanctions but there is no evidence that points to Darron Thomas being implicated in abby of it.
And watching them wear down as the game went along was something that was extremely noticeable. Sorry, I like Oregon, have nothing against Chip at all, but they wear.
That said, I love that hurry up. NASCAR all day. I'd love to see those practices.
Like I said, I was just saying that from a UDub prospective. I lived among them for the last 16 months or so, and they have quite the bias against all things Oregon football. It's actually a bit scary how obsessed they are.
Duck fan here look Mariota is scary good I'm very excited about him former RB's Lamike james and tra carson said he might just be the best qb at oregon ever! but like some one said they weren't impressed. Dude the only thing that he has played in is the spring game which is the one and only time the whole world has seen of him . as a pennstate fan I'm not sure how much you really know/follow UO.
Why did Thomas leave ?this is my theory thomas needed the money for his family and behind him he saw Bryan Bennett let alone Marcus Mariota and he was probably told that he draft stock was as high as it might be knowing that chip Kelly has open competition every practice and he didn't want to risk not starting and looseing his draft stock... Still it's puzzling because of course he didnt get drafted
Marcus is a step up from Thomas and the whole offense is a year better along with one the best defenses we've seen here in the last15 years. This is a scary good team
They do against the schools that basically are stronger and bigger than everyone, but other than Bama, I think they did a better job against LSU than anyone else in the SEC. I think they would have slaughtered the big 10 and Big 12 conferences last year.
I really don't get where you see them wearing down. Auburn scored 6 second half points in a year where their second half offense had been unstoppable. LSU is tough to say because of key turnovers in the 3rd quarter.
In the RB, Ball had a 108 rushing yards in the first half, 3rd quarter he had 49 and in the 4th he had 7. SEVEN. Wisco scored 38 but only ten points came after the half. If you look at the stats from all the Oregon games you'll see their defense gets better late in games.
you know what, I just confused Bennett with Mariota. Bennet was horrendous in the spring game. But there's no way Thomas wouldn't have beaten out Mariota. They're both better runners than Darron (which I actually thought was a bit of a weakness in his game - he's not very fast), but I thought Thomas improved leaps and bounds from his Sophomore year to his Junior year as a passer.
I agree it's a very good team though. That defense is going to surprise a lot of people. everyone thinks "offense" with Oregon, but they shut down a very good Husky offense in Seattle, and they did it with fundamentals. It actually reminded me a lot of a Penn State defense as weird as that sounds.
who would have beaten them in the Big 10? How about the Big 12? Not saying Oregon would have sandblasted the competition in these conferences, but curious who specifically you think would have beaten them and why?
If you watched the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin would disagree with that.
Wasn't disagreeing with them winning
fair enough...saw your quote about Oregon's lines earlier in the thread. You should check out the lines this year. Quite a bit different than years past. Not necessarily Wiscy size, but our Oline averages 299.1 lbs this year. Dline has 5 front line 2 deep players between 290-310 this year. Last year we have one DLineman start the season above 290. Our lines have long been our weakness in the big OOC games...hopefully with our added bulk that will have changed.
I havent had time this year to pay attention to a lot more teams like in years past. I like Oregon's schemes so I make a point to watch them, for if I ever want to go back to coaching.
But if you've been around here, you'll know that when I watch games, all I do is watch the lines lol
I love watching Oregon's offense, actually they are my 2nd favorite team to watch.
chop blocks aside, the offense is legit. love the tempo, love the playcalling and the execution. I do agree to a certain extent that Oregon struggles with SEC lines, but who doesn't? I thought they were the better team against Auburn, but the long layoff hurts Oregon more than most teams because their offense is all tempo, all timing. When you take 4-5 weeks off, that timing disappears, and the offense struggles.
Wisconsin was just gassed, which is what Oregon does. You can't sub enough to keep players fresh, and by the 4th quarter your tank is empty.
As for the chop blocks...just watch navy or georgia tech. It's all chop block, and as far as I can tell, it's not illegal.
Chop blocks are not cut blocks white out.
Ok, you're talking about the chops when players are engaged, and another lineman comes in and takes out the leg.
That's been called a ton, though I'm not sure I remember seeing Oregon do that. Maybe they do, I'm just not paying attention.
Yeah the bad ones get called pretty well these days. But you can set it up where it seems coincedental, its an art really. Anyways, I watched them and noticed it thinking its a coincidence, then it kept up. Maybe it is, or maybe they've been coached well. Idk.
Not that I ever did that...
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How did you guys let Vandersdoes (?sp) get away? I thought he was an Oregon lock early.
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