and... i like them? I think I like them.
Nice to see the winning QB of the 2008 Minnesota game progressing in his coaching career. He'll be coaching tonight for the WKU Hilltoppers before doing the George Jefferson thing to South Florida next year.
Former Michigan QB Nick Sheridan has been QB Coach/Passing Game Coordinator at Western Kentucky since 2011, and with Willie Taggert taking over at USF he's brought Sheridan with him.
South Florida: Willie Taggart announced via press release this afternoon that Walt Wells and Nick Sheridan will join from Western Kentucky. Wells will serve as offensive coordinator / offensive line coach and Sheridan will serve as quarterbacks / passing game coordinator.
Congrats to Nick.
When would Nick Sheridan's GA status start? I'm assuming next Fall (unless he's been taking extra classes throughout). If he's already a GA - which he may have to be for the purposes of the EEs - can he do the Spring throw arounds? I think not - as he would be part time paid coaching staff.
These rules are pretty technical I'm sure, but last year Sheridan was a defacto coach for our two frosh QBs. He's got a Senior arm and understanding of the playbook. Is he a player or a GA for spring ball? It makes a difference wrt the hours he can spend with DG (now) and Conelius in the Fall? If he's a GA now - he can't even attend the throw arounds- right?
According to ESPN Nick Sheridan's dad was fired by the Giants today, looks like the NFL dream is up. He really had me convinced, I thought with a little help from his (dad's) friends he could make it big time (snickers). Find the Story Here:
How Tate Stacks Up Against M QBs of 2005-2008Update 10/22: Lots of changes. Reorganized. New Sheridan charting added. New, better metric proposed. Now fat-free!
Note: links all open in a separate window/tab, in case you were afraid of having to find your place again.
[Editor's note: bumped to front page for holy crap reasons.]
This is a collection of data inspired by Coach Schiano's brilliant new visualization of the Henne/HenneMallett/ThreetSheridammit/UseTheForcier Chart.
First, kudos, thanks, plusses, and a dozen sacrificed bulls go out to Coach Schiano. This is the most excited I've been about some new type of Michigan coverage since I read my first UFR.
I hope he doesn't mind if I go back and try to play around with the same stuff.
I went and made my own Excel spreadsheet (available here) to see if I could visualize some of the things we've been talking about here.
I replicated Coach Schiano's results (tossing out the screen metric).
One thing that stuck out right away, I think, is that the introduction of the "Marginal" metric (first discussed after FOOTBALL ARMAGEDDON in 2006 but not implemented until mid-2008) kind of hurts the QBs functioning under it. Erstwhile "catchables" for Henne/Mallett were discounted for late '08 through '09 QBs. In other words, performances before last year's Penn State game, especially in accuracy, might be kind of overrated.
Also, there were a number of games not charted during this period. These include Delaware State '09 (and high school stats, for much the same reason); Ball State '06 (Comcast was blamed); all bowl games;* and last year's Ohio State game, which was only UFR'ed under a shadow Bolshevik government, and thus cannot be trusted.
* (a UFR for the 2005 Alamo Bowl was provided, but since the entirety of that UFR was, literally, "Screw 2005!", I was unable to get any passing info from it)
Part I: Where We Do It By Downfield Success RatingThe metric we've been using, gleaned from UFRs, is Downfield Success Rating. This divides the Dead-on, Catchable, and Marginal balls against all downfield (read: "Pressure excluced") attempts.
BEST 5 GAMES BY A QB
Sheridan's Minnesota miracle looks even more miraculous now! Note, however, there were only 2 Dead-On throws, and 2 bad reads. Also, just one throwaway, no batted balls, and no pressure. That's the O-line and running game's fault.
In other coaching-related-results here, Henne's 2005 Ohio State game was scrumtrulescent by any metric, except apparently not good enough for DeBord to use the passing game to put the game out of reach. Not that I'm bitter...
WORST 5 GAMES
Sheridan's putrid, I-Survived-That-Game-Patch-Inducing game against Northwestern is, unsurprisingly, at the top. In fact, it may even trump several of my 7th grade sexual experiences in the category of worst-executed-thing-ever-done-by-man.
But I'm getting off topic. Note that Forcier's Iowa game actually made this hall of shame. So RR's pulling him for that game may be excusable. However, it is still my considered position that even with shoulder/weather/concussion/bad game, had Forcier been given that last drive, he would have pulled himself back to respectability.
Though 2008 dominated the Top 5, if you look at the Top 10 we get Threet v. Miami (NTM), three Malletts (Min, PSU, NW) and Henne's all-things-good-in-the-world-destroying 2007 game against Ohio State. [Much, much more after the jump.]
There is a very real possibility that Sheridan will get some playing time in the MSU game if Forcier is out, which got me thinking. What if RichRod picks out 2 or 3 games this season and has Sheridan preparing for just those games in case we actually do need him due to injury or freshman mental collapse? If we're just playing Delaware State I'll take my chances with DRob, but in a rivalry game I'd like to know we not only have Sheridan but an uber-prepared Sheridan.
This would have been one of those games. I'd assume that if he is coaching material, he would actually be satisfactory in a game with 2-4 weeks of preparation. In fact, he'd probably have the entire MSU playbook memorized by now.
Does anyone think this would help? I mean, he's not being used at all right now, so it's not like there a lost opportunity cost in doing this.