no, YOU'RE off topic
I have been following this the past few weeks out of curiosity. The production has already surpassed last years 12 game total. It has also passed 2006's 13 game total.
|2009||2010 to date|
By comparison the last good year.
Stats via mgoblue.com
Really I just wanted to use Grimes and Nutt in the same sentence cause it sounds kinda naughty. But also there's this article referenced by Bruce Feldman in an ESPN Insider article:
Looks like our old friend Tony Grimes was potentially suspended for some academic hijinx or another. Apparently our awesome luck with DB's extends to one-time recruits who
were paid chose to play elsewhere?
Let the countdown begin! Denard needs just 77 yards to tie Air Force QB Beau Morgan's 1996 record of 1,494 yards. But I think we all know, once the dust clears this record is going to get smashed, only to be broken next year again by Denard. So U of M student section, organize the countdown during the Wisconsin game, and hopefully we will celebrate a broken record and Michigan victory Saturday.
Just saw the football expenditures report has come out, a couple important highlights
1. Ohio State (1) $31.76
9. Wisconsin (8) $22.04
14. Penn State (17) $19.78
18. Iowa (3) $18.46
20. Michigan (25) $18.32
25. Nebraska (26) $17.93
27. Mich. State (36) $17.46
29. Minnesota (72) $17.43
36. Northwestern (38) $15.73
54. Indiana (57) $12.82
62. Purdue (53) $11.82
65. Illinois (64) $11.09
Kind of weird that we spend less than both Iowa and PSU.. maybe we should start paying our assistants HC salaries..
So, just read the UFR. Patterson seems to be competent at NT against Purdue.
I realize this means little with respect to Wiscy, but I feel I would be remiss to not think about the possiblities..
Sageese and Banks are marginal players in my opinion, few mistakes few outstanding plays... So. the question is.
Do we chance a shaded 4 man front with Patterson at NT/DT, Martin at the 3 tech and RVB at the strong DE and Roh at the weak? I really feel against Wiscy that key will be limiting 1st down plays to less than 3 yards (dont have stats but im guessing they run alot).. if they gash us there consistently, well be in serious trouble. We don't have the foot-speed to recover on playaction.
Alternatively, you could put RVB at the weak DE, Martin at the Strong and Patterson at NT with Roh with his hand on the ground for a 3-3-5 look of sorts.
So, who do we start/switch to, and how do we react if Wiscy is pushing us around.
I was just reading an article about Wisconsin over at Scout. (http://michigan.scout.com/2/1022909.html) I was struck by one quote:
Bret Bielema and his staff are so thorough about such things, he saw rainy weather in last week's forecast and required the team's specialists to do a ton of "wet-ball drills."
The article focuses on how well Wisconsin protects the ball, but it made me think of something else. I remember how frustrated RR was in the Spring of 2008, and his comments on how many basics it was going to take a lot of time to get to the point of being second nature. I also think to our deer-in-the-headlights true freshmen in the defensive secondary, and how steep their learning curve is. And I remember Brian commenting on the coaching stability at Iowa, allowing them to learn schemes extremely well, because they don't change a lot.
With all we are doing, I think Michigan still doesn't have the luxury to spend lots of time on "wet ball drills." The coaching staff is cramming so much stuff in to our team, there is sensory and cognitive overload.
My question: how many years does it take for the team to learn the basics? When does the game slow down for everyone, not just the QB's? I'm hoping that we see this in 2011. However, just this week, RR was quoted saying that it has taken longer than he anticipated for the team to get where they are now. I'm starting to think that we won't really be clicking on all cylinders, in every aspect of the program, until the 2012 season. That's how long it will take for the basics, from tackling to route running, from QB reads to secondary schemes, to become second nature.