Spring is here and this is what Oregon football fans should be watching for on the offensive side of the ball in year one of the Dan Lanning era.
The Oregon Ducks are in the thick of spring practices, and now is the perfect time for fans to take a closer look at Kenny Dillingham’s offense.
Dillingham offered this description of his offense to Joey Mac during Oregon’s National Signing Day Special:
“We’re going to be versatile… We’re a pro-style offense that’s going to play extremely fast. We want to play 80 snaps a game, we want to get people touches and we want to be explosive. We want to create matchups because it’s a game of matchups. That’s why it’s a pro-style system. Because in the NFL, you don’t have a left receiver and a right receiver. You have what receiver do you want to get one-on-one with a certain DB…”
The system itself is a descendent of the Gus Malzahn offense. It all started when Malzahn was the offensive coordinator at Tulsa. The system was then passed down to Chad Morris, and then to Mike Norvell and now to Dillingham. Each subsequent coach has put their own spin on the offense, and Dillingham and Norvell’s is the pro-style passing game.
The best way to get a feel for what the new Oregon Ducks offense will be is to break down what Coach Dillingham looks for at each position.