EUGENE WELCOMES NEW OREGON O.C JOE MOORHEAD – “I really believe that not only does Oregon have the opportunity to win the Pac, it has an opportunity to do even greater things” – Joe Moorhead
There are greater things to come for this Oregon football program.
That’s according to new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead when he was formally introduced to the media on Wednesday morning in the Hatfield Dowlin Complex.
It was a much anticipated introduction considering the secrecy layered into his hiring and Moorhead’s impressive background.
Of course, what everyone wanted to know first,…what drew him to Oregon?
“At this point in my career I’m not going to say money doesn’t matter but I’m in a pretty comfortable place” said Moorhead in explaining his decision.
“But after visiting Eugene, personally visiting with coach (Mario Cristobal) and having my wife and my daughter and my kids do some research on the area;…. the fact that was a Target,… a mall,… a Whole Foods,… a Trader Joe’s,… ocean 45 minutes to the West,… mountains an hour to the right,… a bunch of wineries. Professionally the opportunity to work for coach Cristobal and the culture he’s created here in a program that has an incredibly upward trajectory.
More than anything, I’ve been to four schools and won four conference championships as either a coordinator or a head coach. I really believe that not only does Oregon have the opportunity to win the Pac, it has an opportunity to do even greater things. Those two things combined played into the decision.”
Coming from the Big 10 and the SEC, that’s a considerable statement coming from the new leader of the Ducks offense.
Widely thought of as an innovator of offensive football, Moorhead is expected to bring with him a new open and creative style of play in the coming season predicated on both throwing the football and running it aggressively.
“I think ultimately at the end of the day it’s a personnel driven game” said Moorhead when asked about his offense and what can be expected next fall.
“It’s not what the coaches know, it’s what the players can execute. It’s really going to be based on what we can do as a team and what we’re proficient at. So you try to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. At Penn State we were a ten to twelve, maybe fifteen per game called quarterback runs where there’s something happens that he pulls it. I think that’s just about right. At Mississippi State we were a little more run driven, run oriented because of our personnel.
From a base, kind of philosophical approach, I want to be as close to 50-50 as we can and that’s all based on the team. And from what I’ve seen after watching every snap from last year from Oregon, and who we have returning, I anticipate us trying to strike that balance between run and pass pretty successfully.”
After just two years in Starkville leading the Bulldogs, Moorheads tenure came to a quick and unexpected end and certainly left he and his family unsure about their next move and what was ahead. The speed at which he was hired at Mississippi State and what ultimately transpired left him cautious in his next endeavor.
“I think with anything in life you live and you learn,” Moorhead explained.
“The speed at which the search was conducted at Mississippi State, ( MSU athletic director John ) Cohen did a very thorough job. Having the desire to coach at the highest level and be in the SEC West, I think that probably led to the speed of that happening. Certainly you go back and say alright what’s the next move, where do want to be? And although my family wasn’t able to come out for the interview ( in Eugene ) but they did their research. Once you get on the plane, (I) had not been a West coast guy but there’s a certain allure and attraction to the city and the state. It’s new and it’s different and checked off the boxes of everything we were looking for family-wise.”
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