Pretty sure we're dealing with people one step above cavemen here.
Update: picture was shopped.
Either way, I can't believe they actually take the time to cover all the M's on every sign on campus with tape.
This is for all of the Coaches out there, the Armchair Defensive Coordinators, and General Football Straegists.
Date: November 29, 2014
Time: High Noon
Place: Hostile Ohio Stadium
Conditions: Warm with scattered showers, some rain, high about 50 with a 13 MPH wind - not debilitating, but perhaps a bit disruptive to their Offense.
Opponent: Ohio State runs a spread read option that prefers the run, but can pass the ball as well. They employ a Freshman QB, a competent, but unspectacular running back, one better than average tight end, and three very good WR's. At times, they will go four wides and remove the tight end to spread you out a little more. but their bread and butter is the read option run with the QB keeping the ball. If you watch their film, you will see that they run the read option on every key play, and almost always, Barrett keeps and runs the ball himself.
How I try to stop them: Schematically, I run a five, two, four, and a five, three, three depending on whether the tight end is on the field or not, no tight end = five two four, tight end = five three three.
The five DL are there to take up all of OSU's Offensive line, and keep them off of the Linebackers, I would have the DL running stunts on every play to try and get pressure on Barrett whether it be a run or pass, any plays they make, sacks, TFL's anything is gravy.
The Linebackers alternate responsibility, one is assignd to the running back on every single play, no matter what, and the other is assigned to going after Barrett on every single play - no matter what. The third Linebacker is assigned to the Tight End whenever he is out there. The key being that Freshman Barrett has six guys coming at him on every play, and only five guys to block for him.
The secondary has to grow up and go mono on mono with OSU's three or four receivers. I know the inherent risk of allowing what has been a sub par secondary to go man on man with anyone, but they seem to get burned no matter what Defense they play, and if Barrett is allowed to sit back and pick them apart. the results would be the same.If the QB is on his rear, he cannot hit the open man.
My Defense is predicated upon putting pressure on the Freshman QB Barrett on every single play, and hoping that he makes a number of bad plays to go with the good ones he will no doubt make. Turnovers, bad throws, and mental errors are what Freshman QB's do when they are under extreme duress for an extended period of time. In fact, our own QB can tell you what happens to a QB under constant pressure. A shitty weather day, combined with constant pressure might just be enough to give him the worst day of his life, and us a chance to pull off a minor miracle.
That is my DEFENSIVE plan - What's yours ?
John U. Bacon on the Huge Show this afternoon, offering his updated assessment:
- Plan A is (in no order) Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh or Les Miles.
- Plan B is Greg Schiano. Dan Mullen was part of Plan B, but he's fading.
- Plan C is another Brady Hoke.
It's Ohio State Week and we have zero threads on the matter. Due to the fact there is really no point to discuss how we match up, potential weaknesses to exploit etc. My head says 49-6 to OSU. My heart says 27-24 OSU, even it can't be persuaded to pick UM. What's your final score and predictions for THE GAME?
Per all the twitters, Mattison apparently gave a pretty passionate defense of Hoke in his presser:
I have always thought highly of GMAT, but I personally find these comments to be over the top, and a blatant attempt to appeal to Schlissel's stated academic concerns. Now I do think that graduation rates and the like are very important. But, at the same time, so is actually playing good football. If we only care about graduation rates, then we don't need to pay Hoke $4 million and Mattison and Nuss almost $1 million each. We can have a staff of professors and guidance counsellors who know enough about football to coach, and treat it like a club sport. to quote Brian, "cumong, man!!"
side note: If we are going to talk about all of the molding of men that Hoke is doing, we should at a minimum mention Frank Clark I, Frank Clark II, C'sonte York, the handling of Gibbons, Lewan's fight, Hagurup's issues, Stonum's 2nd DUI and a host of other off the field crap relating to this team. Not saying that this is all Hoke's fault or that it is uncommon, but if you want to take credit for the good, then you need to share in the negatives, as well.
Also, there's this:
Mattison: "Why should [Hoke] be here? Because he's a winner. He's won everywhere he's been. What's the timetable?"
Not sure if Mattison knows this but prior to coming to Michigan, Hoke had a sub-.500 winning percentage. Also, there are a lot of people who have won at other, lower-tiered levels of competition (many of whom could also focus on graduating their players), but that doesn't make them qualified to coach at Michigan.
By the way, I know of another coach who "won everywhere he's been" before coming to Michigan (and apparently since) and that standard - coupled with a record that improved each year - didn't exactly save him.
I know that GMAT is Hoke's close friend, and that he is supposed to defend him, but this is just crap.
After the OSU game one of the many questions that will be asked will be about Funchess's future. Obviously he's gotten a ton of attention from NFL scouts for being a 6-5 230 pound matchup nightmare. He's got the frame to be a great receiver as well as pretty good speed for a guy his size. But after watching this team all year long, Funchess has to be one of the most disappointing storylines about this past season. His stats for this year are:
55 receptions (5.5/game), 625 yards (11.4/catch), 4 TDs.
Overall this isn't a bad stat line, but from watching every game this year any Michigan fan knows he has been plagued by drops all year long (I couldn't find the exact total) and in key situations, he has failed in making key plays to help our team win. For a 6-5 athletic receiver who's supposed to be a "matchup nightmare", 11.4 yards per catch is pretty measly, even if that includes all the screen passes thrown at him this year (which btw, I'm not sure why you'd throw screens to a TE sized guy as opposed to a shifty Norfleet who's 5'7"). 3 of his 4 receiving touchdowns came in the very first game against FBS newcomer App. State. For a guy with his combination of size and speed, he should be absolutely tearing it up this year. However, we've seen him struggle to get free in press coverage against college corners and really hasn't been able to get open in many instances.
Now obviously this isn't all his fault. Gardner has had as bad a year as any Michigan quarterback in recent memory and I know the OL is still young. They're in year 1 under Nuss and Hoke has never impressed me as an offensive coach... But still, the guy has the physical tools that are extremely rare at the college level and has undoubtedly not reached his full potential.
My questions to the board: 1.) Should he stay 1 more year or go to the NFL? and 2.) What do you think he'll choose?
I know the answer to this question depends a lot on what happens with the coaching situation. If Hoke is fired (probable, if not definite) and we don't get a Harbaugh/Miles level coach, I think he's gone. However I think if we make a big hire it definitely helps his chance of staying. I assume NFL scouts & GMs have gotten increasingly weary of drafting him due to his struggles this year, so I think if he did come back and has the type of year we believe he's capable of, I think he's a no-question 1st round, possible top 10 pick. Another thing to consider is that the 2015 NFL draft is pretty loaded with talent at WR, including Cooper (Bama), White (WVU), Strong (ASU), Coates (Auburn), Green-Beckham (Mizzou/Oklahoma), Green (FSU), and Lockett (KSU) to name a few.
Thoughts? BTW this is my first post to the board so I'd appreciate any feedback on how to make it better for next time.