that is nice bonus change
The next generation spread...A-11
A team last year tried to run something similar, the problem is with the eligible number rule. On normal plays, you have to have at least 5 ineligible numbers on the field. Now you can line them up in different places, but there has to be five. Last year it was illegal, at least in our game (we shut that team out, so they were trying to catch us by suprise)
How this offense is claiming to be legal is because of the free kick rule. By putting one more than 7 yards back they say they are in a free kick formation. All can be eligible numbers in that formation. http://www.humphinternet.com/A11/pdf/A11ApprovalProcess.pdf
this is the website for the new offense. http://a11offense.com/
We shall see how it plays out.
On my blog, i go through some of the impressions i have this summer from running two of shafers most popular coverages exclusively. wwww.gsimmons85.blogspot.com I think the thing that most are wondering about in the secondary is how are we going to replace Brandent and Jamar? The thing about Shafers defense is that i dont think we are going to have too. The problem i saw from safties over the past several years at Michigan has been hesitation and second guessing. 90% of time if a safety is unsure, he is beat. Shafer (whom many consider to be one of the top secondary coaches in the country) takes the uncertanity out of playing safety. The biggest advantage for having a blitz happy DC, is that the secondary can read and react to qb keys, and not worrie about being looked off, missdirected, etc. The problem is that many times a blitz happy DC puts the secondary on islands. Shafer however with his blitz fakes, zone blitzes, and delayed blitzes, gives the secondary the confidence to know that a QB will never be comfortable enough sit back and read what they are doing. Shafer will spend a ton oftime in two-a-days working with his defense on reading QB's Arm angles, foot work, shoulder moves, etc. So having said that, I look for our safties to have big years, not becasue they are better than my second sons name sake (Brandent) or the guy from Butler highschool, just down the road from me (jamar) but rather because they are better coached, and have a better scheme for them to have success under.
One of the "entries" today on ESPN's new Big Ten blog is a phone interview with Kirk Ferentz, in which he speaks about the University's handling of a sexual assault victim - if you haven't heard about this story by now, you haven't been paying attention.
Some key quotes from the interview:
Ferentz on how he feels about addressing the situation publicly: "I would hope people would realize there may two different sides to this last release, if you will. I don't have access to information, to every degree of the letter that came out. But certainly the part I have knowledge of, I'm very confident that the Regents will find that the steps taken by the members involved were first and foremost, of the best concern for the young woman and her family. Everything was followed very properly, procedurally."
What. I mean really, what? Procedure was followed to the letter, never mind the fact that the procedure was fucked up as all hell.
But maybe Ferentz will redeem himself when asked about how he would change those procedures?
Was there anything you would have done differently?
"Not to my knowledge. The bottom line is it certainly appears there was an incident. That will be decided in the proper place, which is not on our campus."
Except that it wasn't decided in the proper place, BECAUSE the people on your campus told the girl to keep it "in house." Gah.
"I'm totally confident that everything was done the way it was supposed to have been done. There's a strict protocol that has to be followed. It was followed, to my knowledge. It's sad that an alleged incident took place, but nobody can do anything about that at this point. What happened after, from my knowledge, everything was handled extremely well."
It's sad that the victim's trust was betrayed by the very people who are supposed to protect her. Man, it's so sad that the University basically engaged in a cover up operation for the benefit of two football players, trampling all over this girl's rights.
"From what I know, at least everyone on campus exhausted every possible option available to them and everything was handled very well. The Regents already came to that conclusion after an investigation, and I'm very confident they're going to come to the same conclusion down the road. The only other aspect of that, I would not be surprised if they readjust the procedure one more time. That may be a result of this investigation. But that's up to them. All the parties involved could do was follow the procedure that's been laid out.
What could that adjustment be?
KF: I have no idea what that might be."
Oh dear lord. All the University could do was follow a fucked up procedure like robots? He has no idea how this situation could be remedied in the future?
I was ready to give Ferentz the benefit of the doubt on this one. I was ready for him to come out and say "I'm not happy about what happened, and I hope it will be remedied in the future because this was WRONG." But no, instead we get repeated statements that the University did all that it could and that since the Regents approved the procedure before (importantly, BEFORE the victim's mother alerted them to the gross miscarriage of responsibility that happened here) then the procedure will obviously be found A-OK now.
Does this interview piss anyone else off, or just me? Full interview here.
EDIT: Apparently a second letter from the mother has been published here. This one's from May 16, 2008. I wonder how much worse this situation can get before it gets better. If it ever does.
A friend of mine who's an Auburn fan sent over some funnies about 'Bama. Well, for our purposes there's nothing like a good joke about the Criminals down at The University of the State University of Ohio State University, so here ya go:
A lady in Columbus calls 911. Hysterically, she says, "Someone's just broke into my house, and I think he's going to rob me!"
The police officer says, "We're really busy at the moment. Just get the guy's jersey number and we'll get back to you."
Q: What is Jim TresseLL's biggest concern?
A: Does the NCAA count bail money as a recruiting violation?
Q: What do you call a drug ring in Columbus ?
A: A huddle
Q: Three Bucknut players are riding in a car, who's driving?
A: The police
Q: Why can't most of the Bucknut players get into a huddle on the field?
A: It is a parole violation to associate with known felons.
The Bucknut team has adopted a new Honor System.
"Yes, your Honor; No, your Honor".
The Bucknuts are expecting a 7-6 season this year.
7 Arrests, 6 convictions.
Q: How will the Bucknuts spend the first week of Spring Training?
A: Studying their Miranda Rights
Note: This is a piece I wrote and posted elsewhere a couple years ago before the NFL Draft. I'm posting it here to have a record of it and also because a couple friends have expressed interest in reading it because it is no longer accesible where I originally posted.
Lately there has been much debate over Brady Quinn's prospects as an NFL quarterback. Many comments have been liberally applying the dreaded "Harrington" tag on Quinn as a prediciton of his NFL prospects.
Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink. However, I'm really bored, so let's break both of them down statistically:
Height/Weight are nearly identical if ESPN has accurately reported Quinn's stats from the combine.
So let's then compare their junior and senior seasons. It should be noted that Quinn played one more game than Harrington in each of these seasons:
Harrington 2000: 195/355, 52%, 2694 YDs, 20 TDs, 13 INTs 2001: 186/322, 58%, 2415 YDs, 23 TDs, 5 INTs
Quinn 2005: 292/450, 64.9%, 3919 YDs, 32 TDs, 7 INTs 2006: 289/467, 61.9%, 3426 YDs, 37 TDs, 7 INTs
It's easy to see that Quinn's numbers far surpass Harrington outside of Harrington's 2001 INT total, though it should be noted that Quinn had 145 more attempts.
Harrington and Quinn played in radically different offenses. Oregon had a stellar two back running game for Harrington's last two years while ND's running game looked apathetic and ineffective at times throughout this season. The burden of the offensive production was constantly on Quinn and he produced the overwhelming majority of the time. I could not locate sack statistics for Harrington's collegiate career (the NCAA had not yet formally begun recording them) but I think we all could make a pretty good guess as to whose numbers would be larger in looking at both the team's records in the two comparable years (2001 & 2006) and the quality of competition played in terms of opposing defenses that can be used to evaluate the relative strength of Oregon and ND's offensive line. Let's take a look, shall we?
In 2001, Oregon had the 49th toughest schedule in the nation with opponents having a combined 52.3% winning percentage and finished 11-1 with their only loss coming in the Stanford game mentioned later. Oregon finished the year with the 22nd ranked offense and 81st ranked defense in the country.
In 2006, ND had the 34th toughest schedule in the nation with opponents having a combined 55% winning percentage and finished 10-3 with every loss coming to a team that finished in the top 10 at the season's end. ND finished the year with the 23rd ranked offense and 65th ranked defense and allowed 85 sacks.
Find it funny that ND had the tougher schedule considering all the crap they took for scheduling "soft."
Looking at the numbers, I'm sure you'd jump to point out that, statistically, ND had a better defense and subsequently should have had a little more success in lieu of their tougher schedule than the 2001 Ducks. Also that had Quinn performed better in the "big games" (ridiculous) ND would have had a much more successful season. However, you have to look closer at the numbers to understand what's going on:
In 2001, Oregon had the 33rd best scoring defense in the nation as opposed to the Irish's 2006 ranking of a dismal 67th. There were 119 D-I college football teams last year and ND only ranked in the 56th percentile! While rush-pass defense comparisons would yield to ND's favor, the sizable gap between the two's scoring defenses must be the point of focus. ND's defense simply couldn't keep teams out of the endzone and we see (CONSTANTLY) what happens to teams who are simply trying to score in bunches to win games; they cannot sustain the pace for a season and subsequently fall apart when the offense has an off day and there's no way the defense is able to save their asses.
You may also point out that the teams had similar offensive rankings so the sack numbers would be comparable, but again you'd be wrong. In 2001 the Ducks has the nation's 25th best rushing offense while their passing game ranked 50th. In 2006, ND had the nation's 72nd best rushing defense and 13th passing offense. With the disparity in attempts noted above it would be logical to assume that Quinn took more sacks than Harrington as Oregon had much more success running the ball and was a more balanced offense than ND's.
Quinn's senior year was even though the only quality win the team had this year was an early trouncing of Penn State. The previous year they beat three ranked teams (Michigan, Pittsburgh & Purdue) and nearly beat USC in a game that will probably go down as a somewhat controversial classic. Let's looks at how Quinn did in the three losses this year:
Michigan: 24/48, 50%, 234 Yds, 3 TDs, 3 INTs USC: 22/45, 48.8%, 274 YDs, 3 TDs, 0 INTs LSU: 15/35, 42.8%, 148 YDs, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
The losses to LSU and Michigan accounted for 71.4% of his interceptions for the entire season. These games were played against teams with exceptional defenses particularly quick and strong on the DL. I think it should also be noted that in the loss to LSU, Walker had more carries (22) and yards (128) than in ND's previous two losses (10, 25 YDs vs. Michigan, 14, 56 YDs vs. USC.)
Can't win the big game
People criticize Quinn for an "inability to win a big game," an unfair criticism if there ever was one simply because one player does not win a game of football (believe it or not there are actually 22 players on the field at THE SAME TIME! 22! Wowee!) Harrington went 10-1 in his senior year, soundly beating #3 ranked Colorado 38-16 in a game that was built as "the other national championship game" noting that had Nebraska beat Miami, Oregon could have potentially been awarded the championship. Oregon finished #2 in the country. Harrington went 28/42, 66%, 350 YDs, 4 TDs and 1 INT in that game, probably the most complete one of his college career. The Ducks' only loss came in a 42-49 loss to Stanford. Those of us who actually remember that game remember one hell of a game when Stanford scored 21 straight in the fourth to win. Throughout his college career, Harrington won a number of big, non-conference games (in the previous year Oregon beat #12 ranked Texas in the Holiday Bowl) who finished his collegiate career with his best game in the biggest one he ever played in and under a lame duck offensive coordinator. In the 2000 season, Oregon went 10-1 and was utterly screwed over by the BCS who gave spots to OSU (9-2) and ND (9-2) over an Oregon team whose only loss was to #1 ranked USC at the end of the regular season.
Side note: Anyone else remember the absurdly large "Joey Heisman" billboard Oregon put up in NYC to combat the "east coast bias" of Heisman voters?
Why in God's name wouldn't Quinn be hyped his senior year??? All he did in his junior season was break ND records in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. Believe it or not, ND is not exactly the Toledo, they actually have quite a tradition of football there. Check it out if you don't believe me, they've been playing football a really long time! Honest! Since like… forever! ND has more Heisman trophy winning QBs (4)than any other school (though there is no way Hornung should have won it) and Notre Dame has had more QBs play in Super Bowls than any other school (Joe Montana, Joe Theisman and Daryle Lamonica.) When you do those things at a school as rich in history, tradition and a high quality of play, you get deserved hype.
The bottom line is that Harrington had a team around him that was head and shoulders better than this year's ND team. Harrington had the support of two 1,000 yard rushers in Onterrio Smith and Maurice Morris while ND has had one the last two years (Walker) who, frankly, I was never too impressed with. It's never fair to compare two quarterbacks who played at different times and in different systems. And I think it's fair to say that pretty much every QB's success or failure can be somewhat attributed to the quality of the hog mollies up front.
Oh, and Charlie Weis should probably eat less.
Good morning, friends! I thought I’d “de-lurk” and introduce myself. I’m Dougal “Doogie” Fitzpatrick: junior accountant at a big-name firm, practicing Catholic, and . . . wait for it . . . proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame du Lac! What’s a proud Irish member of the Fighting Irish family doing writing at a Michigan website, you ask! Great question! Let me tell you what led to this intercollegiate healing session!
A few months ago I was in the breakroom at work when something shocking happened – I was subjected to anti-Catholic bias! There I was, eating my tuna salad sandwich and thumbing through the latest issue of “First Things” when . . . it happened! I heard two of my co-workers talking about college football, and their conversation took the following anti-clerical turn:
“. . . man, Notre Dame’s football team sucks.”
I was stunned. Absolutely floored. I stumbled back towards my cubicle with nothing more than my Brooks Brothers polo, Tommy Hilfiger flat-front khakis and Kenneth Cole square-toe shoes to cover my shame. Was this, I wondered, what the poor, doomed defenders of Fort St. Elmo felt as they gave their lives to defend against the heathen Turk? What the early Christians felt as they were cast by the Romans into the Coliseum with hungry lions? What Bill Donahue feels each and every time an episode of “South Park” airs?
Yes, I nodded. Like the martyrs of old, I had been chosen to defend the Faith. And, unlike so many of those pathetic losers, I would not fail.
I immediately understood that the horrible, anti-Catholic statements of my Know-Nothing co-workers were born of nothing more than ignorance. As a result, I turned to one of the great sources of light and knowledge on the World Wide Web: ND Nation. There, amongst those unmatched scholars who have drunk deep of Aristotle, Augustine and Ara Parseghian, I sought guidance as to which non-Notre Dame websites might serve as outposts on my first, tentative steps beyond the pale; beyond the enlightened utopia, the Shangri-La of Notre Dame football, and into the savage barbarism that is everyone else. There were ruminations and considerations. One sage poster even refused to leave his ergonomic chair until a solution was found, recalling the great sacrifice of St. Simon Stylites. Finally, the word came from on high: “Cook‘s a douchebag, but he’s a smart douchebag.”
With those majestic, awe-inspiring words, I made preparations. I ritually bathed and anointed my body with precious oils, accepting the eager help of my pastor in so doing. I learned to speak plainly and cautiously, realizing that many of the infidel would lack the grasp of multisyllabic words that came so readily to one who achieved a 660 on his SAT verbal. I underwent circumcision. But fear not, my children. For I have made my way here. I shall bear the patience of the Christ himself. For like the Messiah, I come here to teach, and through this teaching to banish your affliction of bone-stupidity.
I have prayed long and hard for guidance with respect to this initial post. I have sought consultation from the blessed ND Nation and from my Opus Dei cell. After careful thought, prayer and ritual mortification, I have determined that this initial post should be guided by the spirit of ecumenism. With that in mind, I thought –what better than a short, non-controversial list of things every college football fan can agree on? So, without further adieu:
1. College football is wonderful!
2. Instant replay, when properly applied, helps make the college football experience a better one.
3. Notre Dame football is a shining beacon; a city upon a hill; His word made truth; perfection beyond anything the Lord has created, including His Son; the Alpha and Omega; His favorite creation; and if you root for anyone else you are a heretic and unbeliever, and may God have mercy on your poor, withered soul, you miserable cur.
Does anybody have anything else to offer to the list? I hope so! I can’t wait for us to learn from one another!
p.s. I’ll follow up soon with some further thoughts on why Charlie Weis deserves a seat on the Curia; how anti-Catholicism kept Ron Powlus from the five Heisman Trophies that were his by right of the holy blood that flows through that noble paladin’s veins; and why the Jews killed Jesus.