Canzano: Monday Mailbag readers reflect on Oregon Ducks Fiesta Bowl debacle
Another set of your carefully crafted “Dear John” letters … and my hasty responses. Many of them this week have focused on the Oregon Ducks’ loss to Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl.
“It seems some writers can’t accept the fact that Iowa State has a really good football team and deserved to be in a big New Years bowl … no one seemed to want to congratulate the football players of Iowa State themselves and I find that disappointing. – Doyle
Reply: Well, hello Ames, Iowa! No doubt the Cyclones were experienced and talented. Credit to them. I would have a parade in Oregon if I thought someone would show up. But what the Cyclones did best, as I wrote in my gaming column, just let Oregon collapse on its own. It is sometimes not easy to do.
“When it comes to recruiting, we all know Mario Cristobal is Super Mario. And he says all the right things. But when it comes to coaching in the game and knowing how to put his guys in the best position to be successful, he rivals the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn. … one thing’s for sure: Oregon doesn’t come close to the college football playoffs with the kind of quarterback it’s had in the last four games. Ty Thompson needs to be in the mix to start next season. – John
Reply: Anyone else thinks Oregon was using the game as their final Anthony Brown Jr. and Tyler Shough audition? I did. Won’t be surprised if any of them appear in the transfer portal in the next few days.
“The quarterback reshuffle is inexplicable. It gives me brain cramps. – William
Reply: Imagine if you were the quarterbacks trying to play while looking over your shoulder.
“If he should be transferred, the coaches sold him … a proven quality quarterback.” Who you bring to the dance, you bring him home unless they run away. – Richard
Reply: If they run away, you probably go home alone.
“I love reading your columns and hearing your take on Oregon Football. I think the coaching staff starting with Mario Cristobal could have set the tone from the start of the Pac-12 Championship game. The celebration of the very immature Ducks win told me everything I needed to know. To put it simply, “Act like you’ve been there before.” “- Linda
Reply: What is confusing is that they had been there before.
” You are right. No matter what the idiots say, your column is perfect. It is about the lack of attitude and order. The lack of discipline too. They looked like they were fighting with one arm tied behind their back. Oregon NEVER had the ball. It just made me sick to watch this game. When will we get the ball back? – Franck
Reply: The state of Iowa was No. 15 in the country at the time of possession. Oregon? # 115. I probably should have seen it coming. PS: Idiots are easy to identify; do not listen to them.
“The Ducks are just the compilation of everything you’ve written and it’s SURREST. You bunch of 4-star and 5-star guys who all want to play as individuals. Wait till you see all the transfers! I bet them Ducks lose at least one of their elite QBs. The Oregonian devours the Duck propaganda machine like they do Democratic Party gas. Games played on the field reveal the truth. Ducks just aren’t that good! – Dan
Reply: 4-3 is mediocre by definition. But it was the best the conference apparently had to offer this season. The Pac-12 sent Oregon to the title game. He won the game. Then UO was invited to the Fiesta Bowl. What are you waiting for? That Oregon can cancel and say, “Hey, you know, we’re just not ready for this step yet …”?!?
“Everyone loves Mario Cristobal’s recruiting prowess, but we’ve seen little evidence that his game management abilities are compatible.” – Jackie
Reply: He needs to work on the management of the game. I wrote that. I still think Cristobal tries to do too much as a head coach, managing all aspects of the program instead of delegating. I also think the loss of the team’s leadership from last season to this season was a big blow to Oregon. This amplified the mistakes of the coaches.
“What happened to our fast paced, fun watching an offensive team that put their waders on in a sloppy, slow game at Stanford. Boring. I never thought I would say that about Duck football. Let’s not focus too much on the macho macho. Boring. “- Bev
Reply: No idea where the offense went. Come to think of it… “Less macho-macho” could be a nice slogan for 2021. I would suggest it, but I think you just did.
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