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Old 01-17-2013, 07:13 AM   #16
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I think you are right... there is no way they can go downhill any further
Agree.

IMO we could play this year w/o a DC and we'd see improvement.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:36 AM   #17
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Half?

I'd take it.
I would as well. I was just saying we could improve a lot from last year on defense and still not be great.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:42 AM   #18
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Oregon is way more talented than us right now. Unless their new coach is a complete buffoon, I would expect a similar product on the field for the Ducks. I'm sure there will be a downturn in their scoring without Kelly running the offense / calling the plays, but they are just too talented to not be good.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:44 AM   #19
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Oregon is way more talented than us right now. Unless their new coach is a complete buffoon, I would expect a similar product on the field for the Ducks. I'm sure there will be a downturn in their scoring without Kelly running the offense / calling the plays, but they are just too talented to not be good.
I remember thinking that about us in 08.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:46 AM   #20
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I'd take it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:15 AM   #21
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Oregon is way more talented than us right now. Unless their new coach is a complete buffoon, I would expect a similar product on the field for the Ducks. I'm sure there will be a downturn in their scoring without Kelly running the offense / calling the plays, but they are just too talented to not be good.
Considering they'll be running the exact same system under a guy who has been practicing it forever, I doubt even that.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:22 AM   #22
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No. Their roster is superior to ours any way you slice it. They are at home and they will crush us. DeAnthony Thomas will have a career day vs. our molasses defense.
Not so fast, my friend! The vols are gonna bring it to 'em! Just think about it, CBJ starts his tenure with a victory over the much heralded Ducks...I believe!
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:32 AM   #23
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Writing off our defense already?

Dont know what to expect out of this year's squad but I can almost guarantee that our defense will improve.

It has to.


Can't coach up speed. We are really slow on D
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Now that Chip Kelly is the head coach of the Eagles, has the playing field leveled?
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Writing off our defense already?

Dont know what to expect out of this year's squad but I can almost guarantee that our defense will improve.

It has to.
This.

It literally could not get any worse than last year's defense.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:34 AM   #26
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IMO we could play this year w/o a DC and we'd see improvement.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:36 AM   #27
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Can't coach up speed. We are really slow on D
So they got slower from 11 to 12? Pretty much the same guys.

What are they feeding our boys?
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:37 AM   #28
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If we give up half the points we did last year i will call it another failure
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:45 AM   #29
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A lot of speed was due to scheme except with some linebackers. The difference from '11 to '12 and even NCst to Uf was immense. The absolutely worst defensive schemes I have ever witnessed at home. There will be massive improvement fast.

If and I mean if we can get a big name running back and rotate backs with our strong online we should be able to use ball control to make a game of it. Oregon's defensive roster is not the pinnacle by Ny means. Refer to Stanford Oregon 2012 for notes.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:46 AM   #30
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To answer the OP's question it's a big No. Their talent level is way off the charts compared with ours right now + that speed they have on offense will make your head spin trying to catch them for a tackle. Although I see us to get pounded, we do need the ball to bounce our way for a change in this game & for the season. Hopefully, with the start of a new coach & staff, the football curse will be lifted. But who knows? We might stay up with them for the first quarter to keep them under 28 points.
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