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Oregon Football: 5 reasons why Ducks will turn things around in 2017

Oregon footballhad a season to forget in 2016. Here a look at why the Ducks willturn things around in 2017.Article continues below ...The Oregon football programhad one of the worst seasons in a long time under former head coach Mark Helfrich in 2016. The Ducks went just 2-7 in Pac-12 Conference play, their worst performance since 2006, when they went 4-5 under Mike Bellotti.They began the season 2-0 before things fell apart in a hurry, losing their next five games, including a 70-21 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Huskies. The Oregon Ducks allowed 378 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in the game.Taggart inherits a defense that allowed 518.9 total yards per game, 11th in the Pac-12, and 3.2 rushing touchdowns per contest While the Oregon offense was putting up impressive numbers, the defense was giving up even more.However, that was then and this is now. Head coach Willie Taggart comes off a strong tenure with the South Florida Bulls looking to work more of his magic Aidan Schneider Jersey. It is Taggart third stint as a head football coach. He began his head coaching career at Western Kentucky in 2010.Taggart brings a refreshing style to the Ducks that can allow for playmakers like Justin Herbert and Royce Freeman to do what they do well. The offense wasnt the issue last season so much as the defense was.The Oregon Ducks should be in good shape on offense, with some changes on defense, they could improve as well. In either case, here five reasons why the Ducks will turn things around in 2017.Next 5. The offense still remainsApr 29, 2017; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon ducks running back Tony Brooks-James celebrates following a touchdown at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports5. The offense is still intactThe good news for the Oregon Ducks is their offense is still intact for the most part for the 2017 season. They will have some holes to fill at the tight end position and on the offensive line but they should still be good offensively.Quarterback Justin Herbert didnt fair too poorly on offense for the Ducks last season. Most of the weaknesses came on the defensive side of the ball. The offense was second in the Pac-12 in total yards per game and yards per play .For the most part, the Oregon offense ranked at the top of the conference in key categories. They didnt turn the ball over much as they ranked ninth in turnovers per game .Oregon RB Tony Brooks-James stood out vs ASU
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