Is This The End Of The Duck Dynasty?
While the attention of those who follow and cover college football have been focused on one of the busiest off-field news weeks perhaps in the history of the sport, another element has largely gone ignored.
On the heels of its 62-20 thumping by Utah (again, at home) it lost to one of the weakest teams in the Pac-12. Just one year removed from playing in the National Championship game, PubClub.com cannot help but speculate if this is the end of the Duck Dynasty.
At least for the immediate future.
An Oregon Fan Sees The End
It’s amazing to watch Oregon. Instead of being a sleek machine that looks as if it’s ice skating in the Olympics, the Ducks resemble their mascot. They waddle, look awkward (on land anyway) and have a lot of “quacks” (get it, as in cracks) in the armor.
“That’s it, we’re done,” one Oregonian said as we were watching the feathers fly all over Autzen Stadium during the Utah debacle. “Out program is officially on the decline.”
Then he gave it the kind of shrug one might expect from someone living in an area where sports disappointments – mainly courtesy of countless Portland Trail Blazes draft mistakes and injuries – are a way of life.
“Well, as least I have my Saturdays back now,” he said.
There were signs that Mark Helfrich may have not been ready for a head coaching job prior to this year – undisciplined play, penalties, ragged defense – but it was masked by talent. It’s looking like Marcus Mariota was a lot better player than anyone ever thought he was at the time, and he won the Heisman Trophy.
This year’s Ducks look confused on offense, like they don’t know what to do or what play to call. And they are absolutely lost on defense. The guys on the field are more like pylons the other team runs around rather than players moving and making plays.
The blowout loss to Utah was a warning and the defeat to Washington State was confirmation.
The Ducks are no longer a dynasty and are in danger of falling to the depths of, well, Washington State.