further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
NYT article about the New England Patriot offense:
Its "spread" features are noted in the article.
So, I guess it's maybe not true that the spread won't work in cold weather and that it's a gimmick offense suited only for mediocre college teams. /s
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Another NYT article, on Oregon football, that made me think of RichRod's offense (and its potential):
Why is it, again, that people are so in love with SMASHMOUTH football?
For discussion, here's an article suggesting that Tom Brady may have most-favored-player status:
I don't watch enough NFL games to know whether Freeman's position is reasonable.
Since we still have a chance with him. It appears if he's not going to enroll early out of concerns for who his coach would be that he's giving us every chance in the world.
Last night DP fell behind by 2 TDs but rallied to win 38-28. Hart had 21 carries for 218 yards and 2 TDs. Accounted for 324 total yards and had two TDs called back due to penalties. On the negative side he lost two fumbles- too much on his mind maybe?
Again, from a GBW poster who is friends with him on facebook:
Cullen Buc-Nasty Christian Dear Coach Rod,
keep your head up! people dont understand you, but the team and I do. i understand that you are trying to change us from boys to men, i also understand that its about more than w's and l's. i feel bad, out of all the positive things you said last night and all year, people always find ways to turn the good to the bad. dont worry your team got ya back, will see what they say in 2011
- #100 Rush Offense
- #35 Pass Offense
- #72 Total Offense
- #64 Scoring Offense (27 ppg)
- #64 Rush Defense
- #82 Pass Defense
- #70 Total Defense
- #56 Scoring Defense (24.67 ppg)
- #32 TO Margin (+5)
- #18 in TOs gained (26)
- #87 3rd Down Conversions (36.42%)
- #66 3rd Down Coversion Defense (39.77%)
- #91 in Gaining 1st Downs (17.58 pg)
- #59 in Allowing 1st Downs (19.5 pg)
- #99 Red Zone Offense (<50% TD rate)
- #27 Red Zone Defense (allowed only 24 TDs on 44 drives)
- Michigan is currently #47 in overall FEI (Fremeau Efficiency Index)
- Tennesse is #62
- Michigan is #30 in S&P (a combo of success rate [50% of yards to go on 1st down, 70% on 2nd down, 100% on 3rd and/or 4th down] and points per play)
- Tennessee is #53
- The Football Outsiders Use F/+ as their "official" rankings. F/+ is a combo of FEI and S&P.
- Michigan is #36
- Tennessee is #55
It looks like if we can take care of the football, this is a very winnable game.
Lost in the crapola being written by Terry Foster, Drew Sharp, and others regarding the Football Bust, missing were ANY stories whatsoever about one of Bo's BEST and FAVORITE teams, namely the 1985 Michigan Wolverines. After all, they were the guest of honor at the frigging banquet, weren't they?!?!?
Well, because those dirty rotten bastards DIDN'T talk about the 1985 Team like they SHOULD HAVE, sit back and enjoy the story of one of Bo's finest teams (the TEAM, the TEAM, the TEAM!!!!).
This team, along with the 1976, 1980, and 1997 teams, rank among my favorite UM teams. I don't count the '69 team (although a wonderful one at that), simply because I was too young to remember them.
The 1985 season was my senior year at UM. The team was coming off the ignominy of a 6-6 season and was not ranked in the Top 20 rankings (Top 25 ranking didn't come into vogue until later on). That was a 2nd for a Bo team (the '69 team didn't enter the Top 20 until week 2). Call me foolishly optimistic, but I had an inkling that this team would NOT disappoint the Michigan faithful!
Some defensive minded coach at MSU had beaten UM the year before in Ann Arbor and was the talk of the state. Old Bo was washed up, or so it seemed.
1985 Michigan Football season (as through my eyes and ears)
|9/14||Notre Dame, W 20-12, Ann Arbor||
|9/21||South Carolina, 34-3, Columbia||
|9/28||Maryland, 20-0, Ann Arbor||
|10/5||Wisconsin, 33-6, Ann Arbor||
|10/12||MSU, 31-0, Least Lansing||
|10/19||Iowa, 12-10 LOSS, Iowa City||
|10/26||Indiana, 42-15, Ann Arbor||
|11/2||Illinois, 3-3, Champaign||
|11/9||Purdue, 47-0, Ann Arbor||
|11/16||Minnesota, 48-7, Minny||
|11/23||Ohio State, 27-17, Ann Arbor||
|1/1||Nebraska, 27-23, Fiesta Bowl||