1. A confident passing attack
There wasn’t a ton of confidence in Anthony Brown’s arm last week even though he did throw for 159 yards on 14-of-18 completions and the same could have been said after his 15-for-24 performance in the opener against Fresno State. He is completing short passes, but it feels like he doesn’t have a ton of confidence in his arm.
Does he not have a ton of confidence making the intermediate and longer throws or is it the coaching staff? It’s hard to tell right now, but that needs to change against Arizona.
If the Ducks want to win the Pac-12 and truly stick it to inferior teams like Arizona, they’ll need to emphasize a potent passing attack along with a strong run game. They need to be balanced and right now, I see a team that’s more willing to run the ball than to take chances down the field.
And with the talent Oregon has at receiver, that needs to change.
Brown needs to take the occasional shot and trust his arm more and the rest of the offense will open up for him. I’d like to see him take some shots on an Arizona defense that’s been surprisingly solid against the pass this season, allowing just over 160 yards per game through the air.