What's Quack'n: Ducks could use another BYE week right now
Monday's with Mario Cristobal
Things going from bad to worse for the Oregon football program with UCLA coming to town. Coming off Oregon’s second straight road loss to Arizona last Saturday, head coach Mario Cristobal addresses the media regarding Arizona and looking ahead to UCLA.
Scroll through to see the best quotes from this press conference…
Ducks could use another BYE week right
It is hard to pinpoint the exact moment when the tides began to turn away from the Ducks. After ranking as high as No. 12 two week ago following a big win against rival Washington, the Ducks have fallen out of the top-25 national rankings after two road losses to Washington State and Arizona. The run game has taken a hit since freshman Penei Sewell has been out with an injury (during Washington), but this downfall can’t be all on Sewell’s shoulders, right?
“He [Penei] is a big factor… but it’s not an excuse not producing or performing up to our standard,” said Cristobal. “We have to do a better job teaching and scheming and applying the fundamentals that we believe in to get a better result… Overall, you got to stick with your guys and believe that fact that we can get back to the level that we were playing at just 14 days ago. I think that’s important.”
Buckle down and refocus
After starting off Pac-12 conference play with a heartbreaker, well-fought overtime loss to Stanford, an epic CAL road win, and then a huge rival win over Washington, the Ducks have lost two on the road to Washington State and Arizona. Oregon seems dazed and confused and losing its offensive identity. So what has changed the last 14 days?
“We’re 14 days removed from playing some of our best football,” says Cristobal. “We’ve worked just as hard. Our regiment and processes have remained intact. The attention to detail has to increase and has to get better. Anytime you take a dip in performance, attention to detail has to be the first thing you address, take a look at, assess, and be done better. It’s the responsibly of everyone in the organization… When you hit adversity like this, especially when a good part of it is self-induced, you got to buckle down…”
October a spooky month for Herbert
Statistically, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was ranked 7th in the country respectively in QB passer rating. In October, Herbert has fallen almost 90 spots… What has changed for the former Hesiman-talk contender?
“It’s a combination of things,” says Cristobal. “The pass is tied into the run. You have to run the football to be able to have balance to create opportunities for the passing game. It doesn’t fall solely on the shoulders of Justin Herbert or the wide receiver, all of us have a share in this… and first and foremost the coaches. We got to do a better job. In the first six weeks, we were first in almost every offensive statistic, so we’ve been there, we know how to do it, and we got to regain the confidence and regain the composure and poise to play at that level…”
The return of Chip Kelly
Who could forget the impact that former head coach Chip Kelly had not just on the Oregon football program but also college football as a hole. That was quite the era of Oregon football with the no-huddle, high-paced offense complimented by the shiny helmets and statement uniforms.
And now, Kelly returns to Autzen for the first time since coaching in his signature Oregon visor, except this time, he will be coaching for the other side of the field as UCLA’s head coach.
“Being on the east coast and not able to fix in, obviously did a great job in his career, that’s really all I can say in terms of his time here [Oregon]. In terms of UCLA, they’re doing a really great job every single week of just getting better and better. They’ve got a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. They’ve shown it, in spurts. A lot of respect for that team…”