that is nice bonus change
I have a question and I'm hoping the board can help me out. I went back and looked at Michigan's injury reports for the year and noticed that while there didn't seem to be a direct correlation between the percentage indicating the probability they would play and what actually happened. I then went to the official NCAA website and looked for the rule mandating any sort of injury reporting or what guidelines the coaches should follow and found none (doesn't mean they're not there - I just couldn't find them). So I started asking myself why in the hell do we publish one at all?
The NFL, because of betting mostly, requires teams to publish injury reports weekly. Some coaches uses it to mislead other teams into thinking certain players won't play. We all remember Tom Brady famously showing up on the New England injury report for years and never missing a game. And some coaches leave players off the list or downplay the severity in an effort to get other teams to game plan for players most likely not going to play but either way it's a game. But its a league-mandated game.
But is this reporting required in college? And if not, what possible gain does any team have by telling their opposition who is likely to go and who is not? And if injury reports are required but there are no rules governing the accuracy of the reports should we even pay any attention at all to who's on it and who is not? It would seem to me that a smart coach (and I think RR is a very smart coach) would fill the report with misinformation to try and gain any edge he can on Saturday.
Can anyone shed some light on this one for me?
I found this article while I was at work and thought it was pretty cool. The article basically quotes Hart saying that his dream job is to coach at Michigan one day. Here is the link: Enjoy
As a rabid Michigan and Texas A&M fan, it seems to me that these two programs are on a similar path. However, the comparison I want to make is 2009 TAMU and 2010 Michigan.
Both have proven coaches (Rich Rod, Mike Sherman). Both have very talented offenses. Both have young players on defenses. Both have terrible defenses.
|2009 Rank||2010 Rank|
2009-10 A&M finished 6-7.
2010-11 A&M is currently 9-3.
What happened? A&M got a new defensive coordinator (Tim DeRuyter). Despite installing a new formation (3-4), there was a dramatic turnaround. By retaining his offense, and getting a new defensive coordinator, Sherman kept his job.
So, what does this mean for UM? Well, if Rich Rod can bring in a proven defensive coordinator (like DeRuyter) who runs a scheme suited to our strengths, we might see a similar turnaround. A conservative outlook might show a top-30 scoring defense to pair with a top-15 scoring offense. Given that 2010 Michigan has been handicapped with even more youth in the secondary than 2009 A&M, Michigan should show a larger benefit of an extra year of experience. (Additionally, Michigan's 2011 scoring offense should crack the top-10 as a result of the larger number of returners and a better defense).
Really, the turnaround hinges on who RR brings in to run the defense. Hopefully Brandon realizes that it would be premature to pull the plug on RR and uses all available resources to bring in an accomplished defensive coordinator.
2010 Texas A&M returned 9 starters on defense.
2011 Michigan returns 9 starters on defense.
2009 Texas A&M had 3 sophomores and 1 seniors starting in the secondary.
2010 Michigan has 3 freshmen and 1 senior starting in the secondary.
- Despite how we usually like to play quickly, I would slow the pace way down. I would take the play clock down to 5 seconds or less remaining. Defense is bad? Keep them on the sideline as much as possible.
- Throw the ball downfield early, esp. w/PAP off QB runs w/lead blocker(s).
- If we have a lead, run the ball a lot.
- Outnumber the offense in the run game; dare them to throw it.
- Against the pass, take away the quick throws and the deep ball. Make Pryor make intermediate throws like deep outs, comebacks, etc.
- Play a 4-man line. Let's let our DL take on as few doubles as possible.
- Pressure. Pressure. Pressure. Bring the heat as much as necessary. If it's 90% of the snaps, so be it. Secondary is vulnerable, so help them out by getting pressure any way you can. I prefer guys getting beat 1-on-1 for big plays as opposed to receivers running around in our "zone" with no defenders within 5 yards and getting at least 7 yards after catch. (Would love to see YAC stats from the Wisconsin game.)
With UT's loss to Texas A&M, they are not bowl eligible. Unless not enough teams become bowl eligible, allowing a bowl to pick a 5-7 Texas team for their bowl, we will not see UT in a bowl for the first time in a long time.
This is the same Texas program that hasn't won less than 9 games for each of the 12 years under Mack Brown. They have not won less than 10 games for the last 9 years. Their recent history has been so consisently great that we have had legitimate concerns about holding on to our winningest program claim.
EDIT: I saw I just got beaten to this. How do I delete?