How Stanford can slow Oregon

Inside the game plan for Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason

Updated: November 5, 2013, 10:28 AM ET
By Brian Griese | ESPN Insider

Marcus Mariota AP Photo/Don RyanStanford is the next team that will attempt to slow down Marcus Mariota and the Ducks.

Ever wondered what it might be like to be the defensive coordinator for a team preparing to face the Oregon Ducks' offense? What do you try to stop first? How will you get your players to believe they can slow these guys down? Will you get any sleep this week?

So far, eight defensive coordinators have walked a week in these shoes. Their success rate?

Oregon has averaged 55 points and 632 yards per game.

Stanford Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason is the next man up for this daunting task, so let's take a look at how he can succeed on Thursday night.


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• College football analyst for ESPN
• 11-year NFL QB and had a 17-5 record as a starter at University of Michigan