it's a major award
(EMLOS == End Man on the Line of Scrimmage, in this case Jake Ryan).
The ability to make my lower case letters actually be lower case continues to elude me.
Setup: EMU is on its second drive of the day. They have a counter bootleg called; Michigan will blitz Jake Ryan off the right side.
Wha'hoppon: Ryan reads the pulling OL coming at him and turns up the line to face him instead of blasting straight upfield (vice Brennen Beyer in the WMU game, captured in http://mgoblog.com/diaries/moving-picture-pages-how-not-defend-power-part-i), stepping inside the OL to clog the lane for the runner... who doesn't have the ball. This forces him to disengage the OL to the inside instead of to the outside, allowing the QB to roll out without having Ryan in his face the moment he turns around. One of the three receivers crossing right-to-left finds the seam behind the LBs and Gillett throws an on-target pass for an 18-yard gain.
The counter play-action froze the other linebackers long enough that they couldn't drop to the depth necessary to take away all the passing lanes. Ironically, if Ryan had blitzed on this play the same way Beyer blitzed in the aforementioned play (straight up the field at maximum afterburners), he would most likely have beaten the pulling lineman through the spot and dined on Gillett's soul, or at least forced an off-balance throw.
Analysis courtesy Brian, as usual. Original Picture Pages is at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-emlos-keys-are-hard.
I took in the Twinsburg vs. Brush game tonight and thought I’d share my observations on Pharaoh Brown. It’s obvious he’s a great athlete with a lot of potential. At 6’6”, 220lbs he wears #2 and physically looks like several 6’6” college QBs that have worn #2 in recent years. He’s a very smooth athlete with a lot of speed. When I left the game after the 3rd quarter, he had around 6 tackles (1 sack) and 3 catches for around 100 yds and a TD. Most of those yards came on an 85 yd TD reception where he broke one tackle on a post pattern and outran everyone on the field. Defensively he showed excellent closing speed and some good burst on the line.
Unfortunately, like many high school studs, he relied too heavily on his speed and athleticism. He was often single blocked by a very well coached O-line and neutralized by good technique and a physically stronger OT. His pad level was consistently high, and it really hurt him at times. When double teamed he didn’t show the physicality I expected, often standing up and chasing plays rather than occupying blockers. On the goal line he made several nice plays on outside runs to his side, but struggled against physical MANBALL directly at him. There were times when he looked gassed, but he played all but 4 snaps on offense and defense so that’s to be expected.
What I took away from the game was that the things he needs to work on (technique, size) are correctable (and somewhat expected) issues. He’s got a good frame with lots of room to put on weight, and was receptive to coaching he received on the sideline. The things you can’t coach (speed, athleticism) he’s clearly got. It’s pretty easy to see a future B1G football player when you watch him play, and I’m excited to see him wear the winged helmet. Go Blue!
Huge game in NW Ohio and includes 2 possible michigan 2013 recruits ( o line/ d line miller, and qb roback sp?) and also current commit Chris Wormley.
Mason Lowry ( he writes the wormley round up in aces weekend warriors segment) from wrsc radio is calling the game that is being simulcast with ihigh tv. some of the replays make his voice sound a little disturbing but its a great game to watch.
first drive involved a Wormley sack.
Whitmer is Dominating early
Vincent Smith will start, Herron and Cam Gordon will dress and be available.
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With that said... I know in the NFL when a west coast team comes East they hardly come away victorious (see Oakland last week vs Buffalo 1:00 EST start). I don't have the exact stats but I know Vegas (for those people who do that sort of thing) also recognises this pattern.
My question is to what effect does this pose in college football, since it happens much more infrequently and even earlier start time. SDSU I am sure tried to acclemate with early practices, but Saturday will be a 9am start for them which would make for roughly a 4:30-5:00am wake up.
Speaking from the experience of 30 plus years of managing people both relatively successfully (current model) and unsuccessfully (younger version) I can say that Brady Hoke is running a virtual management clinic on the football team. He may or may not know as much about schemes and formations as other coaches but I defy anyone to look at his work as a manager since he was hired and not be impressed. To summarize some of the major things every textbook on management recommends and I've noticed he's done to date:
1. Surround yourself with superior talent - Clearly the hiring of Mattison was the big win for the staff but his remaining subordinates have excellent resumes themselves. Hoke was not afraid to put together a team that would challenge his football knowledge and direction.
2. Delegate authority - Once your staff is in place it is the excellent manager allows them the autonomy to make decisions without interference. I get no sense of Hoke "meddling" with either Borges or Mattison on player personnel decisions or play calling. He lets his coaches coach.
3. Be willing to make the "Big Decision" quickly and decisively - At the end of the Notre Dame game Hoke made the call to go for the win but gave the play calling decision back to Borges. By all reports Hoke made the call to run the play very quickly, thereby giving Borges time to decide on the right play without the added pressure of time winding down.
4. Motivate the troops and stay connected to your employees - At my company we call the CEO the "Chief Encouragement Officer" and he acts as such. Much has been made of Hoke not wearing a headset but I like it because wearing a headset puts you in contact with your coaching staff but blocks out the players. Hoke can talk to his coaches anytime he chooses in a moment's notice but by remaining headset free he's able to walk among the team, motivate, challenge and encourage as necessary. A great manager never loses connection to the people doing the job.
5. Accept criticism but deflect praise - While criticism has been sparse to date thanks to our quick start, whenever questions are raised at press conferences that are critical to the team's performance Hoke takes the blame fully and without reservation. Conversely, when praised, Hoke is quick to push the credit down to either his coaches or his players. Again a hallmark of an excellent and confident manager of people.
Hoke has yet to be tested by tough times but based on what I've seen so far I think he'll do ok. I am very impressed by Hoke's managerial skills and think they will serve him (and the team) well as the season progresses.