Esver wonder what the headset conversation is like during an Oregon game? If so, today is your lucky day.
Rob Moseley of GoDucks.com provided an excellent look at the inner workings of the Oregon of last Saturday’s Utah game, and it’s excellent.
What struck out to me was the yin-and-yang of the Oregon coaching staff. As you’d expect, Nick Aliotti is the yin. The Ducks’ defensive coordinator stands while his unit is on the field, does the lion’s share of the talking among defensive assistant, and is easily the Oregon coach most likely to raise his voice. He’s also very good at what he does.
“You’re 100 percent right now,” a staff member told Aliotti after he correctly predicted every single Utes’ play on the opponent’s first possession. “Every play they’ve called, you’ve called it.”
The offensive coaches are calmer than their defensive counterparts, and more collaborative. Wide receivers coach Matt Lubick and graduate assistant Joe Bernardi chime in with what they see (running backs coach Gary Campbell is the quiet one of the group) and feed it to offensive coordinator Scott Frost, with input from head coach Mark Helfrich along the way. We loved Moseley’s note that Frost didn’t leave his seat once during the first half, nor did he raise his voice…not once.
For a day in what Aliotti calls the “stress box”, last Saturday could’ve been a lot more stressful. Oregon led 10-0 after one, then saw its lead cut to 17-14 for all of 13 seconds early in the third quarter after De’Anthony Thomas took a kickoff back for a touchdown. Oregon defeated Utah, 44-21.
It’s an intriguing look inside the brain trust of one of the most successful coaching staffs in college football. Take a look.