There were plenty of execution errors, Steve Sarkisian said, and much of that had to do with the dynamic abilities of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and the athletes the Ducks surround him with. For that reason, the Ducks racked up 18 “explosive” plays, in Sarkisian’s estimation, during their 45-24 romp over Washington on Saturday.
But during Monday’s press conference, Sarkisian offered a few instances where he wished he’d coached differently. Or just better.
“Unfortunately, there was a little bit of lack of execution on our part and not great coaching on our part, quite honestly,” Sarkisian said. “It wasn’t our best game. To beat that football team you need to play one of your better games.”
Sarkisian said he didn’t necessarily regret calling the passing play on 1st-and-goal from the 5-yard line that resulted in a 9-yard sack of quarterback Keith Price. But the outcome will prompt some second-guessing.
“We liked the call. I didn’t think the play would ever turn out the way it did with the sack of minus-9 yards, but that’s what happened,” Sarkisian said. “So I have to live with that call.”
The interception Price threw later in the quarter — the one that resulted from miscommunication between Price and receiver Jaydon Mickens — was also a play call that Sarkisian would like back.
It was on third-and-8 from Oregon’s 44-yard line late in the second quarter, and Sarkisian said he planned to go for it on fourth down if UW didn’t move the chains. Oregon led 21-7 at the time.
“So that probably wasn’t the best play call to take that shot to Jaydon right there down the field,” said Sarkisian, who in hindsight wishes they could “maybe try something more intermediate to give us a chance to go for it in a fourth and short type situation. So a couple of those types of things I’ll carry with me and learn from and get better from.”
Additional notes …
— Sarkisian said LG Dexter Charles, who left Saturday’s game with what he termed a sore shoulder, could “potentially” miss Saturday’s game at Arizona State. Erik Kohler would likely start in his place.
— Price, who is still battling through an injured thumb on his right throwing hand, wasn’t limited during Monday’s practice, Sarkisian said.
— Pressed about why tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t been more involved in the offense, Sarkisian said: “I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I think we’re a top 10 offense in America. So I feel good about where we’re at as an offensive football team.”
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