Top Ten Football Countdown: No. 9 Arroyo

Oregon enters its second year under head coach Mario Cristobal looking to improve upon its 9-4 record from 2018. With 10 starters back, the Ducks hope to improve offensively with Justin Herbert at the helm, the entire offensive line and running backs CJ Verdell and Travis Dye all returning. The defense is expected to see improvements under new defensive coordinator Andy Avalos with several key pieces back and others joining them.

Which 10 members of the 2019 team will prove to be the difference between a successful season or a disappointing one? The Oregonian/OregonLive delves into the topic as it unveils Oregon’s 10 MVPs for the 2019 season.

3. Marcus Arroyo, offensive coordinator

Oregon’s offense drew much ire in 2018, some deserved and some not, but with so many pieces back there is cause for optimism and reason to believe the Ducks will be more potent this fall.

That’s the selling point for Oregon this offseason, that offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, No. 3 in our MVP 10 countdown, engineered a unit that saw year-over-year improvement but struggled at times due mostly to the wide receiver corps.

With Justin Herbert back at the helm, an offensive line filled with talent, a legitimate running back tandem and Juwan Johnson leading a reloading receiving group, there is no reason for the Ducks to be as inconsistent this fall.

Of all the things to be frustrated about with the offense last season, drops had to top the list.

Oregon had 52 drops, eight of which would have been for touchdowns, and hundreds of lost yards. Even half of those totals would have made a huge impact on the perception of Arroyo, his play-calling and the offense as a whole. Bottom line: He can’t catch the ball for the players.

The other side of that coin would be the critic who says if drops were so obviously extreme, Oregon should’ve modified plays to create openings in greater space. The Ducks did that on occasion as well though, and there is simply no easy remedy to a systemic problem during the system.

Of the things Arroyo actually could control, the inconsistency of production, particularly on the ground, is something that can’t be ignored.

Yes, CJ Verdell coped with injuries and Penei Sewell going down shuffled the offensive line, but the Arizona game was inexcusably bad. Michigan State’s defense might’ve very well be the best in the country against the run, but the Redbox Bowl was the wrong kind of offensive.

Pummeling bad competition is all well and good, but for Oregon to return to national prominence the offense has to be able to produce against the best the Pac-12 has to offer and in marquee non-conference games.

We’ll find out quickly if the changes Arroyo made this offseason are going to lead to the desired results.

Justin Herbert: Oregon offense has ‘altered and changed’ this offseason

Oregon isn’t reinventing itself or abandoning its power run identity so much as it’s tweaking aspects of its offense to better play to its strengths and correct its weaknesses.

Coming Thursday: The head coach arrives at No. 2

Source : https://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/2019/07/oregon-mvp-10-offensive-coordinator-marcus-arroyo-is-no-3.html

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