Okay, so. On the last play Michigan picked up three yards when Brandon Minor cut behind Steve Schilling and got tracked down by the backside defensive end.
On this play Michigan returns to a more conventional formation. They're going to run the exact same play:
Again, the key block on this is the Schilling-Moosman double on the playside DT. Getting him blocked and Moosman into the linebackers is win.
Okay, Moosman has engaged with the backside DT and is actually driving him back off the LOS a bit. He didn't get this much push on the last play. Schilling, also given the humiliatingly amateurish Paint Arrow, is hustling to get into position.
Schilling's still rushing to get there, but on this scoop we see Moosman already disengaging to get to the second level… look at him facing downfield, not towards the guy he's nominally blocking. You can see Schilling's knees buckle.
Schilling intends to cut the DT. For this to be legal, Moosman can no longer be engaged with him; this block requires precise timing.
Moosman is away, again with great angle to block a Purdue linebacker who's got no idea what's going on. You can see the frontside DT shooting hard to the playside. There is about to be…
…one hell of a crease. Minor cuts up. Note that the linebacker Moosman had such a great angle on has decided to go around the other way. The backside DE is still chasing, but Minor's cut isn't taking him back to the right enough to be caught.
Minor bursts into the secondary for 21 yards. The backside DT, nearest to you in the picture, is still getting up. That linebacker who eschewed contact is waving at Minor's legs as he passes.
Object lesson on this one is: cutting a defensive tackle to the ground is a good idea, if you can do it.
Also, it is sad that Michigan's running game commands so little respect that Purdue has six guys in the box on second and seven. Four wide and all that, I guess, but still.
Michigan ran near-identical zone stretches on back-to-back plays at the end of the first quarter yesterday. One worked. One did not. Why? Let's see if we can find out.
This is the first one. We're in the formation I've complained about all year:
Note that the second receiver from the bottom is covered up by the outside guy. If he goes downfield it's a penalty. Michigan has not passed from this formation all year, nor has it had much in the way of a successful running attack.
Michigan goes with a zone stretch, as is their wont. The resolution on these images is low, unfortunately, so it's a little hard to make out what's going on; I've added an amateurish pointy arrow to help things out. The guy being pointed at is the backside defensive tackle, who's currently being shoved by Moosman.
You can see Schilling ignoring the backside defensive end; the plan is for Ortmann and Moosman to execute a scoop block, where Moosman will briefly engage the DT long enough for Schilling to get over to seal him. Moosman will then head downfield to block a linebacker.
Here we have the scoop block having reached completion with Moosman heading out to plow a linebacker. Note that he's got a great angle on the LB and if Minor can squeeze through the DTs he's likely to hit the secondary.
However, the scoop did not work here, as Schilling has not got his helmet across his guy and is escorting him down the line. If Minor tries to split the DTs he's likely to get swallowed whole. The outside is not an option, as Ortmann's guy has beaten him.
Minor cuts up, escaping the playside DE's tackle. He's cutting behind the block of Schilling. Note that Moosman is cutting the LB to the ground; Michigan's cut blocking improved in this game substantially (or Purdue's ability to avoid it is just worse than we've seen so far).
The backside DE, crashing down after holding contain on Threet, meets Minor at the LOS and tackles after a minimal gain.
On this play we see how Steven Threet's failure to be Pat White hurts the running game even when someone else has the ball; if the Purdue defensive end had to set up wider and maybe linger longer because Michigan's quarterback wore rollerskates and had a jet engine strapped to his back, Minor's cutback may have met the backside DE three yards further downfield or not at all, and with Moosman cutting that LB the only thing between Minor and the secondary is that pesky unblocked guy.
Even so, the failure to be Pat White only affects the play when Minor has to cut back behind all five offensive linemen and expose himself to to DE. And even the threat of Dual Threet is enough to turn this essentially busted play into a two-yard gain.
Michigan quarterback Steven Threet is "very, very questionable" for Saturday's game at Minnesota, according to coach Rich Rodriguez.
Threet suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter at Purdue, but the effects weren't clear until after the game. Rodriguez said before today's practice that the headaches usually associated with similar concussions go away after a day or two, but Threet's have remained. He has not practiced all week.
Things projected to be more fun than the Minnesota game:
- last night's John McCain victory rally
- being mauled by a lion
- eating six whole tilapia raw
- Henry Kissinger
Programming note: due to election-related whatever, UFR will be delayed. Not that you were particularly looking forward to it anyway. Thursday-Friday is most likely.
With all due respect to Lie Bot, he is not quite right. This is the saddest thing:
This is "a schlubby sportswriter travelling about the country taking pictures of himself with chicks he has no chance with, and/or talking constantly about hot chicks he has no chance with." See also: Gregg Easterbrook, Stewart Mandel, Pat Forde. Forde's creepy "Dashette" obsession was exploded by BHGP; the others are just sad.
My God, people: if you write for a job keep the pictures of you with hot babes out of it. You are emphasizing the fact that you spend your days inside eating donuts and losing your hair and only serve to make yourself look pathetic by comparison. EXCEPTION:
If you are that guy and you are (or were, as it were) married to that, by all means. Play on, playa. If you are not schtupping the person in the picture with you, do not post it on the internet. It is the saddest thing.
Number one ankle injury check. Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker is dinged up but will play against Michigan:
Gophers coach Tim Brewster said Tuesday Decker will be limited in practice this week by a sprained left ankle suffered in last week's loss to Northwestern, but he fully expects the Big Ten's leading receiver to be in uniform Saturday against Michigan.
"Eric Decker is as tough, as hard-nosed, as committed an athlete as there is in college football today. Period," Brewster said. "He takes tremendous pride in playing and he'll be ready to go."
At least they're not moving a third-string offensive lineman over to replace him. That hypothetical guy would be guaranteed 200 yards.
Meanwhile, Steven Threet, Sam McGuffie, and Michael Williams are all expected back for the Minnesota game. Threet apparently sustained a mild concussion, FWIW, but did not come out.
File under things that seem like good ideas but will never happen. The NCAA wants to track academic performance on a head coach basis:
The Division I Board of Directors, made up of university presidents and chancellors, asked an academic committee Thursday to draw up a formula for the first-of-their-kind individual APRs, which would become part of a coach's career record. They'd be available for recruits, their parents and prospective employers to evaluate along with wins and other competitive and personal criteria.
Problematic. I'm not sure how much this is going to differ from a school's APR, since most coaches only get one or two shots at head coaching jobs, and I'm definitely sure that graduating players is more a function of the school than the coach. You could install Barry Switzer at Stanford and those guys are still going to graduate.
Meanwhile, the NCAA also wishes to stiffen penalties for rules violators:
"The committee feels that, over the years, the penalties really have gotten out of synch with the magnitude of violations," Potuto said Wednesday.
"Increasingly, there were people on campus saying, 'There's no teeth here. Did they lose any scholarships? Were they taken out of the postseason? Were wins vacated? And if not, it couldn't have been a big case.' … Only certain penalties really signal seriousness to anybody."
Proposed remedies include the return of TV bans, stiffer scholarship cuts and fines, and more postseason bans when academic fraud is involved. TV bans seem like a bad idea. How would you like it if Michigan had a game blacked out because the opponent got caught doing naughty things?
The NCAA should, IMO, extend scholarship penalties significantly. Don't ding one scholarship for two years. Take three for ten. Force schools to work short-handed for long periods of time, and stick to the periods dictated. Honestly, when Michigan got hit with scholarship penalties for the Ed Martin thing they scammed their way out of it by saying they'd take three of them the first year when those spots weren't going to be filled anyway. Michigan should probably be a year or two away from getting their 13th spot back.
This, at least, seems good:
Schools have learned to come clean and cooperate in investigations, most anticipating it will help their case and ultimately minimize sanctions. Notably, Potuto's committee also is asking the NCAA board to eliminate that tack as a damage-control strategy.
A proposed rules change would stipulate: "Full and complete cooperation in investigations and in disclosure of violations is an obligation of membership and does not mitigate sanctions imposed on either institutions or their staff members." Failure to cooperate would represent an "independent violation."
Of course, the first article is actually chronologically second and mentions the Division I board:
Held off immediate action on a proposed toughening of penalties for major rules violations.
Even if you stiffen penalties, the major problem facing the NCAA is a lack of investigative power.
Here's the thing I don't get: why aren't there rich Auburn and Tennessee and UCLA fans and Michigan fans out there sponsoring private investigations into Hated Rival? Let's say you're Steven Ross. You have more money than God and an affection for Michigan football. Why not dump a couple million into an investigation of Ohio State? Why not offer some sort of prize for anyone willing to come forward with information that leads to a major infractions case? Surely there must be some turkey magnate in the South who hates some other school with the white-hot fury of a thousand suns; why hasn't he tried to drop the hammer?
I mean, it's not like the NCAA has any subpoena power or anything a private citizen lacks. The best way to step up NCAA enforcement of Hated Rival is to sponsor investigation of Hated Rival. And yet… no one has stepped forth.
Etc.: BSD fisks a dumb Weztel article.
|2||Texas Tech (21)||23.8||1.0||4|
|3||Penn State (10)||23.4||1.0||--|
Total Ballots: 75
Hey, we're better than the poll actually used in the stupid BCS standings: Texas remains in front of Oklahoma, a team they beat by ten a few weeks ago. Although we do have odd first place votes for Oklahoma and Florida.
The rest of the poll is relatively placid, with Georgia's throttling at the hands of Florida shoving a wide array of teams up a spot.
Extracurriculars and what-not can be found at CBS Sports. Depressingly, I won Mr. Bold for hating on the mid-majors and must now commit ritual suicide. (Kidding, mom! If I was going to commit ritual suicide it definitely would have happened already!)
I have been a bad blogger and offer this without any attempt at explanation or correction; a thousand apologies.