Oregon's defense improves when John Neal goes to the coaches box against California

Oregon made a defensive change against California on Saturday at Autzen Stadium, a by product of that change was that the Ducks beat the Bears 44-28. That change was moving defensive backs coach John Neal to coaches box, high above the playing field to facilitate communicatios and smooth out the defensive play calling that he been the bane to Oregon's success during the 2015 season.

Headed into its game with Califronia Oregon was dead last in the Pac-12 Conference in points allowed (38.4 points per game), total offense allowed (496.9 ypg) and passing allowed (318.0). On Saturday night, the Ducks showed improved by reduciing the points allowed to 28 and total offense to 432 yards against a very explosive California offense. 

Neal's move to the coaches box was in part to improve the communications between what the coach in the box sees and what the coaches on the field can pass along to their charges on the playing playing field. The result were graphic by the fact the Ducks caused the Bears to punt six times, kick two field goals and intercept a pass.

That allowed the high flying Duck offense control the time of possession, 37:16 to 22:44 and more importantly the number of plays snapped, 92-66.

Neal's move to the coaches was a much needed boost in the Oregon defensive performance and accoridng to Neal, the coaches box is where he likely be for the rest of Oregon's games this season.


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