Through the summer there was some curiosity about how Brady would fare as DC at Oregon. So, after week 1, I looked around and found this from the Statesman Journal. I don't know that this is the definitive story of Oregon football, I suspect it's just some local reporters take... Oregon won 53-28 over UC Davis. Some takes about the defense:
“It was a tail of two halves a little bit,” Hoke said. “First half, I thought we played on edge a little bit. Came out second half, didn’t feel that same edge, and gave up some plays that we can’t give up.”
“We didn’t tackle very well,” Hoke said. “We gave up some big balls down the field, and we competed for some of them, but we’ve got to come away with some of those as well. We’ve got to do a better job coaching.”
Seems like we've heard that before...
Head Coach Mark Helfrich:
“I thought operationally, we just didn’t get gapped out all the time and led to some of the big runs with the fly-sweep action and the power, there’s a lot of moving parts there that certainly other teams will do against us going forward, so we’ll get that ironed out,” Helfrich said. “Most of that is very, very simple on the chalkboard, simple on the tape to look at and understand what’s going on. It’s not just, ‘hey, this guy got physically outmatched,’ something like that.”
Giving up 28 to UC Davis can't feel good right out of the gate...