After Oregon's practice Oregon head coach Chip Kelly spoke with the media about Oregon's upcoming game against Stanford Saturday night. The previous three games against the Cardinal the Ducks have averaged nearly 50 points and 500 yards of total offense per game. Kelly says that offensive firepower and other stellar play stems from Oregon's players executing a game plan put into place earlier in the week.
This week features a banged up Oregon defense matching up with a Stanford offensive attack that is finally healthy going into the game against Oregon. Kelly says that no matter the age of his players or lack of experience his guys know the plan and know what to do.
"They practice with us since August 6th. Anyone that goes into the game knows our game plan," said Kelly of Oregon's younger defensive players being pressed into action.
Last weekend against Cal Oregon had three true freshmen in Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and Alex Balducci playing. This week the Oregon defensive line should see some kind of help from other injured Ducks. Senior defensive linemen Isaac Remington, Dion Jordan and Rickey Heimuli all were seen leaving practice looking like they had taken part in practice. Remington and Jordan are already expected to be back according to DuckTerritory sources and Heimuli is still questionable but appears to be giving it a go.
Stanford will look to play their physical style of football Saturday against a wounded Oregon defensive line but Kelly says the Ducks have been prepared for this style with previous opponents this season.
"Just like everybody else every team is physical," says Kelly. "Oregon State is physical. USC is physical. When you look at our league it's a new challenge each week. Our system and what we've always done is the same exact same."
No special changes in Oregon's practice habits or drills have been implemented into this week's preparation and Kelly says that the proof is in Oregon's results on the field.
"We practice the same way Mondays, Tuesdays , Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and prepare against a really good opponent and extremely well coached," says Kelly. "David Shaw does an outstanding job, they are well coached on both sides of the ball and we are extremely excited for the challenge."
The game Kelly says comes down to simply execution and which team performs better according to their game plans. The last two seasons despite Stanford being built to stop the run Oregon has been able to run all over them. Kelly says that is due to Oregon's players executing what is asked of them and that will be the same going into this weekend's game.
"We do the same things every week. We are a very consistent team and they are a really good consistent team. Obviously we are on the upside because we've executed a little bit better than they executed [in the last two match ups] and that's the challenge this week," says Kelly. "Which team is going to execute better, them or us?"