This is the first NEW Fish Tutorial about the Oregon Offense since last August! We reviewed changes and interesting plays throughout the season with Fish Reports, and in the off-season we have had fun learning about some new components of the Oregon Offense in bite-size shorter videos The FishDuck Minutes. However much of the important basic elements of the unique Oregon Spread Offense have yet to be covered in detail, and this is the first of many new Tutorials on both the offense and defense that will be released before the next football season. Do offer comments after this article and in The FishBowl Forum!


This last football season marked a transition in backfield formations, thus a change in Chip’s attack philosophy as well. It is well known that Chip liked to announce his intentions of plays in advance a high percentage of the time to capitalize on the defense’s over-reactions. This opened up cutback lanes for RBs, and made passing off the Play-Actions that much easier. We at have been the first to report the change of formations.










Josh Schlichter, a video analyst at, began to note the change in the first game and from there it became more evident that things were beginning to evolve in the Chip Kelly Spread Offense. Let’s look first at where the offense began the year, and how it began to progress as we watch video from two game reports.


You’ll note how the Running Back is three yards away and directly to the side of the QB in our traditional Outside Zone Read Play. (Above) This is how we were positioned in the backfield for this play in the 2010 season and the seasons before.


This is the traditional Inside Zone Read backfield formation. (Above) Note the QB and RB are only a yard apart, but the RB is behind the QB, and not to the side like the Outside Zone Read. It is pretty easy to tell them apart, for both the fans and the opposing defenses.


What you see above is a new Outside Zone Read backfield formation, with the gap between QB and RB being much more narrow.


Defenses are still able to discern the upcoming play and stop it as the Sun Devils (Above) did several times.


We appear to line up with the new narrower Outside Zone Read backfield formation near the goal line.


Arizona State over-pursues to the outside (above) and Oregon actually runs an Inside Zone Read off this formation, thus catches them without much in the center of their defense. Oregon scores!

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