Meram is scoring some sweet-ass goals of late
Watching the VaTech-Boise State game last night, the eerily chilling reminders of Mike Debord and LC were brutal.
How many 1st and goals from the 7-8-9 yard line were runs between the tackles? 2nd and goals went for 0 or negative yards? 3rd and goals went sailing out of the end zone, on overthrown crossing routes instead of nice fades to the corners? Just a terrible gameplan and strategy throughout. Not saying that there weren't other mistakes made, just that the scheme from the coaches seemed to minimize the opportunity to be aggressive and win, instead, biding their time so they could launch bombs with 69 seconds left, down by 3.
Debord has hit his upper limit as tight ends coach for the Seahawks, coaching a single player position. Why he was our OC will forever remain a mystery. One of my all-time favorite knuckleheaded quotes from Debord in The Wolverine season 2007 preview. Asked about the philosophy of the offense, he replied "establish the run." The next years preview, Calvin Magee responded with "score touchdowns."
I'm glad we've left Beamer-ball in the past, where it belongs...
Michigan is up to #11 in the updated Sagarin ratings. It is so early in the season as to be laughingly meaningless, but still fun to see.
We should no longer fear ND, or Wisky and PSU for that matter. A computer told me so.
Just saw this on the OS website.
Some notes as per the writer:
- Michigan looks to be back in the driver's seat for Hart.
- Patti says they were not prepared for the cold, but it "wasn't that cold".
- Michigan officials were kind enough to adorn them in Michigan gear.
- Patti has an early list of Michigan, Oregon, UNC, and FSU.
- Patti says the atmosphere was "awesome/stadium going crazy/top notch".
As every one knows safety Avery Walls was in town this past weekend for the game against U Conn. He was on an official visit with his brother, and this was his third time in Ann Arbor. He did not commit, which was not surprising or disappointing. No one felt that he would make his decision this fast.
This was however his first time in Ann Arbor for a game atmosphere. "The game was great, and the visit went great," he said. Staying for a couple days also gave him a chance to talk with the coaches more in depth, and get a feel for them. "I had a great talk with all the coaches, and Coach Hott did a great job of taking care of me and my family," Avery said.
Walls is expected to take an official visit out to Oregon on October 2nd, and one to Cal on October 9th. With that being said Avery has seen a lot of good things at Michigan, and this visit was something he really enjoyed. "This visit helped Michigan a lot. I'm going to be watching their next few games," he said.
There have been rumors that Michigan may lead for Avery, and I wouldn't doubt those rumors at this point. We all know with recruiting though, anything can happen.
Here are highlights from his first game of the season this year:
re-engineered the shell, bumper case not required.
I went across a couple ND blogs and put together some very "telling" comments. I mostly picked out the "bad" passages as that'll make me sleep better at night. Enjoy.
Notre Dame has major problems defending the perimeter which should be a big concern with Michigan and Denard Robinson coming to town next weekend. Look for Notre Dame to play a lot of nickel next week to get more speed on the field.
The front 3 got a nice push at times, but were pretty inconsistent. Ian Williams did a nice job collapsing the pocket at times, but outside of the first drive of the second half, the push just wasn’t there from the front 3 most of the time.
The offense had its moments, but was very inconsistent.
Dayne Crist .... On the negative side, he threw underneath too often and had trouble putting touch on his passes down the field. He had Floyd open for touchdowns twice in the 4th quarter but over threw him. He needs to just keep the ball in play there and let Floyd get it. Crist also had Rudolph open for a touchdown in the second, but air mailed it forcing Notre Dame to settle for field goals both times.
The offensive line is still a work in progress. Both new tackles - Zack Martin and Taylor Dever - struggled at times both with their assignments and their blocking when they did get their assignments right. It’s tough to start two tackles with such little experience so this much is to be expected. Both will benefit the most among the offensive line from film study.
The push from the defensive line was better and the secondary did a good job keeping things in front of them most of the day, BUT, the tackling still left a lot to be desired
This defense has got to figure out a way to contain the QB option prior to Michigan’s arrival next week.
I can’t shake the feeling that, were Purdue playing with a more experienced QB and line (to say nothing of Ralph Bolden), this game could have been much different.
Crist did a nice job managing the game, but definitely missed opportunities to hit open men (particularly in the red zone) against a very bad and inexperienced secondary (he also nearly had two passes picked off, including his first of the day). It was his first game and, generally, he played well, but as the season progresses and the defenses improve, he needs to start seeing the field better.
The coaches are going to need to work on ball-handling this week. Crist was stripped in the first half, Allen fumbled and got it back (he also lost the ball as he was going out of bounds on his great punt return) , Floyd had his big gaffe and Cierre Wood fumbled on his kickoff return in the fourth quarter. The Irish were lucky this wasn’t something that hurt them too badly this week, but it needs to be addressed before it becomes a major issue.