One concern is stretching the field to the sidelines. On more than one occasion Derrick Henry and even Sims got to the sideline quick and ripped off 20-30 yards or even a TD. They also did this a few times with a quick pass. I think for that game is was a bend don't break mindset. But Oregon is fast and if they get the sideline quicker or they get a jet sweep going with fast receivers vs Royce, we will have trouble defending it. Once they turn it up field their speed will get them 10-20 more yards than Henry was able to get.
With the Silver Bullets, we had linebackers (Hawk, Laurinaitis, even Wilhelm, Reynolds, and Carpenter) who read that quick, got to the edge and stopped the run, and we had very athletic safeties and corners (Gamble, Jenkins, Doss) who would make the read, shed the block and come up to make the play. Biggest question is how well we keep contain on Mariota and anyone out of the backfield while still maintaining strong pass coverage.