Chris Brown (@smartfootball) has an excellent read up on Grantland about Chip Kelley's philosopy regarding offense. 2 things that really stuck out to me (besides the great scheme and play breakdowns) is that Kelly was actually an O-Line coach to get his start, and he really only had 4 blocking schemes for his OL in 2008. Thing 2 was that his absolute goal is to run the ball up the middle on you. Give it a read.
While the coach-player interaction may be limited during Kelly's practices, it's significant before and after them, mostly in the teaching of scheme. At its most fundamental, Kelly's system is a carefully organized, carefully practiced method for forcing defenses to defend the whole field, and then exploiting those areas left exposed. And the first tool Kelly uses is a surprising one: math.
"If there are two high safeties [i.e., players responsible for deep pass defense], mathematically there can only be five defenders in the box. With one high safety, there can be six in the box. If there is no high safety, there can be seven in the box," Kelly explained at the 2011 spring Nike Coach of the Year Clinic. The easiest case is if the defense plays with two deep defenders: "With two high safeties, we should run the ball most of the time. We have five blockers and they have five defenders."
Courtesy of Chris Brown
As Vanderbilt's excellent offensive line coach, Herb Hand, recently told me, "I tell my offensive line that if the defense plays two safeties deep, it's like spitting in your face — it's a lack of respect for your run game." Oregon's run game doesn't suffer from any lack of respect; as a result, they rarely face two-deep defenses except on obvious passing downs.
When a team brings that extra defender into the box, the calculus for the offense changes. "If the defense has one high safety and six defenders in the box, the quarterback has to be involved in the play," Kelly explained. "He has to read one of the defenders, in effect blocking him. We can block five defenders and read the sixth one." Marcus Mariota, Oregon's dynamic freshman quarterback, has been an excellent blocker without hitting anyone at all.
This is not good, but Northwestern scored 54 on Michigan two weeks before the last win in Ohio Stadium, so there's that.
A nice little article by Angelique Chengelis (UofM beat writer) about Denard through the perspective Rich Rodriguez.
Remember, this is about Denard and not Rich Rodriguez so lets all keep the RichRod flaming out this. There are few people who can talk about Denard as a player and as a person so I found it nice to see the love that Rodriguez still has for him even though he is no longer here.
With Senior Day fast approaching, let me be among the first to thank Denard for going Blue four years ago. He has represented the University well - I'm proud of him and what he has accomplished.
I'm just SO glad THIS didn't happen.
I don't usually buy into the thought that it hurts the other teams prep to not disclose injuries but considering we are not running our main running play anymore and our #1 weapon is out, I was wondering if that old adage has any merit?
I don't have a strong opinion on this, I'm more curious on what other people thought. I would guess that Minn and NW had to spend a considerable amount of time preparing to stop Denard running the inverted veer so in theory that would have taken away gameplanning for Gardner and helped his success. On the other hand we still can't execute a I-Form running play so maybe it didn't help and it's just a load of crap.
LS&A Magazine has a nice slideshow up showing how game-day fashion has evolved over the years. (Or devolved - you kids get off my lawn!) Link is here: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/lsa/archives/ci.footballhautecouture_ci.detail .
It's entirely unrealistic on many levels, but I'd love it if we could organize a "throwback fan uniform" day. I understand raccoons are 100% against this idea, BTW.
A sample shot from the 1930 homecoming game against Illinois. That blanket is the bee's knees, I tell ya.