Last week, I sensed the doom Could not put my finger on it, but the whole day was a countdown to catastrophe, I could just feel it. This week is the opposite, I like the day, I like the feel, this feels right. I think the conclusion of the NCAA investigation, exposure of the Freep Jihad, and the unfair and unethical reporting by the Freep in the wake has sent this team back into the foxhole, the same one that sent them out of the gates fast the last two years.
Illinois is in the crosshairs today. Michigan is back today.
Went to see Kellen Jones' St. Pius X game against St. Thomas tonight. Kellen's team won 33-28. Was a crazy game with quite a few turnovers. Met Kellen's dad, Sean. What a nice guy. There is not a more friendly guy out there.
Kellen was a beast. Had about 14 tackles by my count. 4 or 5 where he absolutely stuffed the A gap and stood up the tailback for no gain. He has great instincts and dropped into coverage and covered the flats really well. Almost blocked 2 field goals straight up. Took great angles and read the guards really well. So excited for him to suit up in the maize and blue.
I'm someone with no football playing or coaching experience, unless you count my time as a ten-year-old outside linebacker in 1992 (we went 1-5). But over the past several years I've been trying to learn a lot of football-scheme basics. Since this is a Michigan-based learning process, I've read a lot about the 4-3 under and the 3-3-5 and what works or doesn't because of alignment or personnel or PHYSICALITY or angry gods. Here's my question to coaching strategy types: assume you are a coaching master of every alignment. You're in a Rawlsian situation where you're going to be given a team to run but you don't know what your talent is going to be like or what your league competition is. Is there any particular alignment that you'd start with defensively? Would the 4-3 be the default setup given the average distribution of size/athletic ability in the general football population? I ask because it seems like you hear a lot about "pick a philosophy and stick with it." and we've all seen what happens when you don't stick with it. But what comes before sticking with it? Is it really just the coin flip of what you came up through the ranks learning?
We link. You decide.
Maryland defensive back Blake Countess (5'10", 171 lbs, 4 Star) was offered by Michigan today. This via his twitter feed:
Good Day, Momma always said good things come to those who wait. Got a call today from Michigan.#offered
I'll have more on him in the weekly update, but here's his highlight video as well.
Divisional leaders Central Florida (-2) at Houston. I like UCF to cover the line. Their defense has been stout for a CUSA team. Houston has turned into a solid run team this season with Keenum out for good.
I should have been at this game, but due to laziness, I have yet to leave the house on the trek to Houston.
Other game on the docket is Western Michigan at Central Michigan (-3) on ESPNU.