Ducks planning for success with simplified defensive approach

Will a simplified approach help Oregon?
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Following Oregon’s 62-20 loss to Utah, most of the blame for the loss was placed of the Ducks coaching staff However, the Oregon players blamed themselves for the loss, saying they needed to execute better.

"I had someone tweet at me saying, ‘I’m sorry you have to play for one of our coaches,’" senior outside linebacker Tyson Coleman said, according to The Oregonian. "I’m like, what are you talking about? They have no idea what it’s like being a college athlete, a college coach, how much work everybody puts in. It was us, we weren’t executing out there. It wasn’t the coaches’ fault."

The coaches, for their part, are trying to get the Ducks to relax and get back to basics.

"We’ve asked those guys to relax and just play," Pellum said Wednesday. "Then we’ll look at where we are on Friday. I don’t know if there’s going to be any drastic changes but I know that we’re going to get the best 11 out there."

Coleman pointed out that the Ducks are getting "down to some bread and butter things" by removing "the more complex things."

Coleman went on to address what has gone wrong on defense for the Ducks. "Our problem isn’t guarding people one on one," he said. "It’s people messing up their job and getting confused out there."

The Ducks take their simplified defensive approach to Colorado this week and will have to face wide receiver Nelson Spruce, a Biletnikoff Award candidate in each of the past two seasons.

(h/t The Oregonian)