Teams have gone to many lengths to avoid having their signals stolen, especially at Arizona State during the Todd Graham era. Oregon is among them.
But new head coach Willie Taggart is bucking the trend of past Ducks coaches, which have included using PVC piping and bed sheets on the sidelines to conceal the team’s signals. Taggart isn’t worried about it ahead of Saturday’s 7 p.m. PT contest between the two schools.
“If they can pick up our signs and stop us from that, more power to them,” Taggart said on Monday, via The Oregonian’s Tyson Alger. “We’re not concerned about that.”
Like many other teams, Oregon has a group of coaches in different colored polo shirts and wristbands signaling plays at the same time. Only one of the group is actually signaling the real plays, though. It’s an oft-used mechanism in this age of no-huddle and muddle-huddle spread offenses that don’t actually call plays in the slower, traditional form. Taggart believes it will be enough.
“We have a lot of different signals, you never know who is live,” he said. “We have a lot of guys moving and giving a lot of signals and every game there’s someone different. You just never know.”
Taggart could change which coach is delivering the signs by the drive. Plus, his Ducks are off to a hot start. Against a team like the Sun Devils, he’d rather focus his time on gameplans than interscholastic espionage.