fair point that
I am a little confused about the names that have been given to the formations that our defense has been in. Looking at how we line up, the names of positions on our depth chart, and some of the posts on the blog/board I have some of this figured out but some of the information contradicts and that's what I want to get sorted out.
Our depth chart shows a DE (Brandon Graham), a NT (Mike Martin), a DT (Ryan Van Bergen), a SLB (Stevie Brown), a MLB (Obi Ezeh), a WLB (Jonas Mouton), and an OLB (Craig Roh). This would indicate a 3-4 base, but I have been seeing it described as 4-3. Am I right in thinking this should be called a 3-4 or is there a reason for the OLB to count as a down lineman as well?
Alright, so for this question I am assuming that the answer is that I am missing something and Craig Roh is actually a lineman. Stevie Brown was lining up at the edge most of the game and I have seen this as described as the 4-3 under, but wouldn't that be 4-3 over? I thought that the under indicated that the linebackers were favoring the weak side, but SB is on the strong side...
Also, it seems that if Craig Roh should be considered a lineman while standing at the edge, Stevie Brown should be considered a lineman as well, which would really put us in more of a 5-2.
Anyway, thanks in advance.
It was the Minnesota game. Our family had decided to see this one in person, as it wasn't too far away. Good choice, as it turned out: a rare win. One reason I will remember it: my little daughter, barely old enough to understand what was going on around her, was offered a Golden Gopher necklace by some nice old Minnesota fan. The girl wouldn't touch the thing. "Wrong colors!" she yelled at the befuddled old dude. My heart swelled.
The game went about as well as a game could go last year. The offense was moving the ball, chewing up yardage with one long run after the other. The defense looked competent, aggressive, even good (a new twist for the year: a good defense!). On the day the team would rack up over 400 yards of offense. We celebrated loudly with all the other Michigan fans tucked away in the corner of the Metrodome. That's another thing I'll remember: the camaraderie of the Wolverine fans. Even in that down year (perhaps because of that down year?), there was a palpable sense of togetherness. One guy even complimented my ratty old M hat, weather-worn and falling apart from too many years of outdoor usage. "Awesome hat," he said. I was pretty sure he wasn't being facetious.
There was a single play that stood out for me to this day. In this season full of mediocrity, what I saw filled me with a kind of hope, perhaps not for now, but for the future. It was on one of the longest runs of the day, by Minor (I actually don't even recall, it may have been Shaw). As he sprinted downfield and all eyes were on him, somehow I found myself watching what the other players were doing during this small miracle of a play.
My eyes came to rest on Martavious Odoms. 5' 8" if that, all of 170 lbs. But here was this little man, sprinting downfield, actually ahead of the play, blocking one Gopher after the other, creating more room, hustling, working, trying. In this miserable season, in this one exception of a game, here was a player who was putting all of himself out there, who at least for that one singular moment exemplified what Michigan football was trying to become. In a year, for him, that was mired by fumble after fumble, loss upon loss, along came something that I had been looking for the entire year.
A Michigan Man.
Go Martavious, and Go Blue.
p.s. that video is goddamn awesome.
I may be drinking too much blue kool-aid, however, I think that this Rosenberg incident may be what this team needed. We may even be thanking him for this article by seasons end! Because, if I was a player on this team, I would be angry as hell and would want to channel that to the field. This team will have a chip on its shoulder (like it didn't already need an excuse) and will play like it.
Just my 2 pennies...
John U Bacon will be talking Michigan Football/Rich Rodriguez on MSNBC at 3:35p. Just thought I would let you all know since I saw it on a tweet.
From a media relations standpoint this story sucks. Michigan is getting dragged through the dirt and most people won't read far beyond the headline.
From a team standpoint, this is probably a huge unifying moment, the line in the sand, us against the world. Think about how angry the Mgoblog community is, and consider the fact that it wasn't your teammates that were mislead and ambushed, it wasn't your coach, the guy you work with every day, who was dragged through the mud. Your anger probably doesn't even approach the team's collective anger about the situation.
With the Athletic Dept and coaches probably instructing players not to talk to any media, there's no outlet, no way to defend their coach. Each passing day is only going to make the anger more intense, as more BS is piled on. The only way to improve the situation is going to be on the field. Come Saturday, every WMU player might as well be wearing a Snyder or Rosenberg Freep jersey. I have no doubt that Michigan will be hitting hard right out of the gate.
(Note: I'm not saying we're going to be head hunting/doing stupid things like a Crable or Butler. I think it will be a tight, focused anger. Execute, execute, execute, without pity. Also I'm told there's an ESPN article that corroborates some of this. Go Obi.)
There's been some talk about this being a distraction. While I agree that this is impacting our greater community and possibly Rich Rod himself, I doubt the players that have bought into his system (aka, the starters and key contributors) give a flying f*** about Rosenberg's allegations. Do you think they're going to take Rosenberg's side over Rodriguez's, that this story has instilled doubt into their minds? They know the results of their summer work. They know they have to avenge a 3-9 season. They know only winning will shut the critics up and will be more motivated than ever.
And on the flip side, Rosenberg, and the Freep by extension, will probably lose lots of access with regard to Michigan athletics. Good luck talking the athletes and coaches now; they probably wouldn't even admit that the sun is shining or that snow is wet to a Freep staffer (Rich Rod forces students, players, to fight, with snow!)(Follow up: anonymous players state: "I've never seen anything like this" "He just stood there and laughed")
So, to summarize: Team is Angry. Will try and use anger on the field to win the games. This strategy may work. Pad levels will be good. However, if Pad Levels are bad, this strategy also may not work. Watch the game to find out.