Oregon Football

Mario Cristobal & Joe Moorhead Press Conference

February 5, 2020

Oregon hired Joe Moorhead to be its next offensive coordinator weeks ago. However today was the first chance he had to meet with the local media to discuss his decision to work at Oregon.

Mario Cristobal spent a few minutes talking about the signing day and the addition of Moorhead as well. While the Ducks wait on some potential news today, Cristobal was now able to talk about signees Robby Ashford and Dontae Manning. As you’ll recal both signed after his press conference in December.

One last big note is the roster move of DJ Johnson to tight end starting this Spring. The former Miami transfer is a gifted athlete and Cristobal noted them trying to get him on the field quicker and this move would allow that.

Here are a number of notes from today’s conference. Video will be added once available. 

Mario Cristobal

Opening Statement:

With the addition of Joe Moorhead. As excited as can be. Off the charts human being.  A guy we think can help our culture, our offense and our program. We’re thrilled to have him here and he’s excited to get to work.

On the hiring process:

“We went through our process, they are extensive and thorough. A lot of great candidates. Great in-house candidates like Jim Mastro too. The process remains the same. It’s very extensive, very thorough. A very grueling process. We’ve used that process here, it’s what we use.” 

On Moving Quick to Contact Moorhead:

“When that alert came out and we were going through the interview process, we had to make a run at it. When he had a chance to sit here and visit as a staff, everything oozed of what we are about. A great man, a great mentor. There were some other great candidates but Joe was definitely the one.”

On Adding Robby Ashford:

“Without a doubt. The guys that touch the ball on every play are the center and the quarterback. Robby Ashford a great worker, great athlete, great person. Robby brings a lot to the table as a football player and a baseball player. Looks great, 220-225 pound guy. Strong arm.” 

On Late Additions and Early Enrollees:

“We’re always hopeful. The day is long. You also have the transfer portal, changing things. Your assessment process continues. We may have another addition as the day goes on, but we’ll see. The eight early enrollees have been great. TJ Bass is a strong human being. Jay Butterfield is a talented guy. Jonathan Denis, what an impressive guy, hard-working guy. JJ Greenfield has been outstanding. It’s great to see him (Noah) around his brother. Jake Shipley has been great. Bradyn Swinson has been phenomenal.” 

On Special Teams: 

“The last six weeks, Tom Snee has done really, really well. All that potential we saw in practice. We’re counting on him. We are going to, DJ Johnson will move to tight end for the Spring. He runs really well. He’s a team guy, we want to get him on the field more. He looks great physically.”



Joe Moorhead

On taking the Oregon job:

“A long time ago when I was working at Pittsburgh under Paul Rhodes. At this point in my career I’m not going to say money doesn’t matter but I’m in a pretty comfortable place. But after visiting Eugene and talking with my wife and my kids, more than anything I’ve been at four schools and I’ve won four conference championships as a head coach or a coordinator. I believe Oregon is on a tremendous trajectory.”

On his QB room:

“Be nice to have Herbert back for another year. It’s similar to the situation I took over at at Penn State. I’ve met with all four guys, looked at what Tyler (Shough) has done on tape. I’m excited for the competition. I’m excited with the four guys there is to work with.”

On Going from HC to OC:

“It was not anticipated. I’m proud of what we accomplished at Mississippi State. Had 3 top 25 recruiting classes. The discussion of do we take a year off and the family agreed ‘you’re not a take a year off’ kind of guy. This was an attractive offer. It checked off the boxes of everything we were looking for as a family.”

On Running the QB:

“Ultimately at the end of the day, it’s a personnel driven game. It’s what the players can execute. You try to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. At Miss. State we were more run-driven but that was based on personnel. I anticipate us being able to strike that balance between run and pass well.”

On pistol in the offense:

“I think there is a tremendous group of experienced coaches in this building. Right now we are in the process of going through the Oregon cuts from last year and then go through Miss State and Penn State and figure out what we’re going to put together. That of course includes the pistol. Right now we are trying to fugure out what we want to call formations and stuff like that to get started.”

On Community Service in Miss. State:

“At the end of the day in this profession, I believed we were having success. I realize that’s subjective. I think most successful coaches are able to successfully draw that line of football time and family time. My boys went to public school. We loved anything we could do in that community, it meant a lot to us.” 

On Oregon Signees He Knows:

“Well DJ James flipped from Miss State to Oregon so I know him. Trey Benson is a guy we recruited pretty heavily. I have a familarity with some of the guys on the roster but maybe not the level of a school in the South.”

On QB Signees:

We offered Robby as maybe a 9th or 10th grader. Had a chance to go back and visit with him and his mom. Knew a little about Butterfield. Just getting to know those guys a little more. They have a lot of talent.”

On ‘Quote Book”:

“It’s a 4-inch binder at this point. Collecting quotes is something we started doing at Fordham and putting them up in team meetings. I’ll have it available and it will make the trip out here.”



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