Story Poster
Photo by Scott Boldt
Oregon Football

Joe Moorhead Presser

October 10, 2020

Oregon has closed practices to media due the Pandemic. Which means coaches are available to media on Zoom after practices. 

The Ducks held Fall camp practice No. 2 on Saturday and both coordinators were available for questions. ScoopDuck sat in on both calls and here is what Oregon’s offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead had to say.

The video is added below as well. 

On making a connection with the players:

“There was certainly ample time for us to master the Zoom calls. So we were making great progress and great headway through spring ball I thought and you get to install the system and get to know the guys and then obviously it was cut short. So you try to take a little bit of each meeting and kind of make it non football related usually at the beginning or the end just kind of talk about what's going on in our lives and things like that and then get into the football part. But I think for not being able to be in person for quite some time that we're able to do a good job building those relationships.”


On how he’s evaluated the offensive line without seeing them:

Yeah, I mean, first of all, you have utmost confidence in the coach Mirabal and Cristobal. That’s going to be a focal point of camp starting in pads on Monday. Just letting them get into pads and start competing.


On what surprised him the most through the first two days of camp:

“I think the things that impressed me most not only through our first two practices but through our time here when the kids returned and during the time we were away and when the kids returned is the culture of the program. These kids are incredibly resilient and they don’t make excuses. There’s an awesome camaraderie. There's every reason in the book right now for a player or a team to make an excuse. But it’s been the culture of our team that impressed me the most so far.”


On what excites him the most about this offense in year 1:

“It’s the ability to be balanced. We can throw it and run it with guys with effectiveness.The two biggest determining factors of a football game is explosive plays and turnover margin. Through two practices we’ve done a good job at protecting the ball.” 


On his offensive philosophy:

“It’s all about what the players can execute. It’s what we talk about, is it sound, can we teach it and can the players execute it in terms of a general offensive philosophy. We’ve operated this system with a quarterback who can run and we’ve run it with a quarterback who can run and maybe running isn’t their strength. The best part about it is it’s adaptability and it’s sophisticated simplicity.”


On the quarterback battle:

“There’s a little bit of subjectivity and objectivity when it comes to the quarterback battle. You talk about completion percentage and touchdown to interception ratio and the ability to generate plays with your feet by design and improvisation and quite frankly just moving the ball and scoring points. And there’s a little bit of how they take control of the team and how the players respond to them. I think it’ll just be a combination of those things.”


On his relationship with the coaching staff:

“It’s been fantastic. The level of experience and expertise we have in our offensive in our offensive staff room. You mentioned coach McClendon as a coordinator in the SEC and Bobby Williams has been a head coach and Jim Mastro has called plays. Coach Mirabal has been with some phenomenal offensive lines. So any time you have a guy that has been in your chair at a high level that you’re able to bounce ideas off of is great from an installation standpoint as we’ve been going through the offense over and over again before we’ve got to camp. You’ve got a bunch of guys who’ve been successful at this level and sharing ideas and getting this thing fined tuned.”


On the non Shough and Brown quarterbacks:

“I think the thing is you just see a lot of talent there and a lot of inexperience. Some do things a little better than others. Some throw the ball a bit better and some are running the ball a bit better and some understand the system a little better. With Shough and Brown getting the 1 and 2 reps were trying to mix all of those guys with the 3’s. And like with everything in the program it’s about player development. So making sure they understand what they’re doing and why they’re doing it and keep working on their fundamentals and technique.” 


On the Tight End position:

“I think the thing that stands out is the depth at the position. From top to bottom there’s a bunch of guys. And in the system we want the tight end to play like a receiver when the balls thrown to them and an O-linemen when the ball is handed off. And you have some guys that are able to do both of those things well. And just like anything it’s hard for me to make an evaluation since we’ve had like 4 practices six months ago and now we’ve had 2 in the fall. There’s a ton of talent and depth at the position with guys with various skill sets. We’re just going to keep firing a million reps at them and giving themselves an opportunity to prove themselves and help us get better as an offense and as a team.”

<iframe width="560" height="315" src=" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Tags: Football, Oregon
subscribe Verify your student status
See Subscription Benefits
Trial only available to users who have never subscribed or participated in a previous trial.