"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
In light of the recent Kyle Kalis commitment, and the ensuing debate about whether his future lies at Offensive Tackle or Offensive Guard, I once again became curious about what the "ideal" physical attributes of various positions are. I think most people have a very good idea about what different skill position players need to have to be successful, but I for one am completely lost when it comes to the Offensive Line and much of the defense. So satisfy my curiosity, what separates a cornerback from a safety? A strongside end from a weakside end? The various possible linebacker positions? You get the picture. Obviously there are notable exceptions to any rule, and as we saw in the Rich Rod era plenty of potential tweener positions, but I'm curious what the general "ideal" is.
Hey, check out my Top 11 News Updates from the NFL Lockout Negotiations:
11. In a stunning reversal, the owners have now agreed to pay players "time-and-a-half" for games that go into OT
10. A key compromise was reached when the Players Association responded to the owners' proposal to shorten halftime by requesting that, in exchange, a row of Honey Buckets be installed on all NFL sidelines
9. The ongoing controversy over endorsement royalties for the New Orleans Saints' new voo-doo dolls of opposing players is proving to be a much more difficult sticking-point than originally expected (can I get a rimshot?)
8. A bloc of veteran quarterbacks are reported to be resisting the proposed transition to a fluorescent Nerf football. Spokesperson Brett Favre was quoted as saying, "In my day, footballs were brown." An unnamed league official, when asked for a response, said, "What the f**k does Favre know? He was in Wrangler commercials. Recently."
7. A tentative agreement has been reach on "casual Sundays," in which players will be permitted to wear khakis and polo shirts instead of the regular NFL uniform
6. Though defensive players are already subject to league-imposed fines for such things as "tackling too hard," the owners--in response to perceived fan interest in increased offensive production--are asking for the authority to impose fines on defensive players for new infractions such as "covering receivers too effectively" and "maintaining too much gap integrity."
5. A group of NFL kickers has broken away from the negotiations in protest after the Players Association voted to approve a proposal to begin all games with a "throwoff" in place of the usual kickoff, and to require all kickers to wear pink single-bar facemasks.
4. Insiders are saying the owners now may agree to guaranteed contracts, provided any player signing such a contract provides his team a vial of semen and authorizes management to use it in breeding future prospects
3. The negotiations have reached a serious impasse over whether NFL pensions should be calculated based on a life expectancy of 48 years or 51 years.
2. Owners withdrew their proposal for an annual preseason exhibition game to be played on the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier after learning that carrier flight decks are actually wider than 53 yards
1. After a prolonged mediation session lasting into the wee hours, both sides have finally agreed to include a "no-trade-to-the-Arizona Cardinals" clause standard in every NFL contract.
Happy Friday & Go Blue!
I came across this blurb about Jake Long in Rivals' article about the top 25 college players in the Rivals Era:
13. Michigan OT Jake Long
BUZZ: Long redshirted as a true freshman season, then broke into the starting lineup in 2004 en route to starting 40 games. In his last 26 starts, Long was penalized just once in 1,743 plays. Long was a two-time captain and the first Michigan player to earn Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year accolades in consecutive seasons. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft.
Yes, yes, very good Jake, but when was that one penalty? Was it holding or a false start? Anybody know? Anybody have a clip of it?
So, with the offseason,we all know comes plenty of time to ponder and think about the teams successes and short comings from last year and what next year will hold for us. Obviously everyone's biggest concern is the defense. In my homeristic mind, I want to believe the defense will be substantially better this season due to the changes on the coaching staff. Judging the skill of a coach in my mind, greatly depends on his ability to gameplan and make in-game adjustments. To some how quantify this, as our biggest problem last year, would a help provide me the assurance that our talent wasn't as bad as I know it to be, but rather GERG and his ineptitude to run a 3-3-5 and make adjustments. So what I did was break down the games last year into PTS Allowed per quarter, or to sound smart PAPQ
Obviously with a new DC, I wanted to see what his team looked like from the previous year on the same premise with PAPQ. I understand it's tough to compare and contrast NCAA to NFL, but what the hell, it's the offseason AMIRITE?
|1st qtr||2nd qtr||3rd qtr||4th qtr|
|Avg PTS. Allowed||5.5||15.5||6.3||6.7|
|1st qtr||2nd qtr||3rd qtr||4th qtr|
|Avg PTS. Allowed||3.185||4.56||1.5||7.44|
What sticks out you say?
1.) The first thing that jumps out to me was, Holy 2nd quarter Batman... Only once during the season did we not give up at least double digit points in the second quarter. Our second worst quarter, was the 4th, which makes sense as it takes the 1st and 3rd quarters to see what defense are doing and adjust their offensive gameplan.
2.) Ironically, the same can basically be said for the Ravens defense. With their 2 worst quarters being 4th and the 2nd respectively. But, their 3rd quarter speaks volumes to me. Only allowing 1.5 points coming out of the locker room, yes please?
3.) Mattison's defense had skill yo. I am a little scared that they were giving up more points in the 4th quarter than any other quarter, But, if we can go into the 4th quarter only having allowed around 10 points like the Ravens did, I think most of us can live with that.
4.) What this means... I am not too sure, other than that, by the second quarter teams had figured out how to attack the 3-3-5 and took it to us. M only has 1 PAPQ less than 6. Which, I collectively blame on the gameplan and ingame adjustments. In comparison the Ravens also never had a PAPQ above 7.4
Is Mattison a better DC than GERG, I believe we all collectively believe that he is, and it looks like his gameplans and in-game adjustments exceed what GERG was able to do last season. How much of our problem was scheme and gameplan vs. talent deficencies? I think only time will tell.
I am no math whizz but thought it'd be it'd be an interesting topic to look at. So if you have any suggestions please, make them and I will work/edit this diary as suggestions come along to make it as informative and insightful as I possibly can. As always, Go blue.
Edit: realize I accidently put Michigan's box score in for IU during the initial post. Numbers have been reflected. First quarter slightly less bad, second quarter... GEESH...
Individual tickets went on sale to Victors club this AM at 830ET. There were only individual tickets for ND and Purdue(Homecoming).
I was able to get them for ND in the corners/endzone, and Nebraka/OSU sets in similar areas.
As of right now ND is sold out and OSU is down to individual tickets. Nebraska still has sets left.
Thought I would update if anyone still wants anything, for those of you hoping ND would make it to the general public they are sold out.