I did not make this headline up
I love MGoBlog's Picture Pages posts, but I'm so obtuse that sometimes I can't follow them in still shots or even the unadorned play video. To overcome this, I created an annotated video companion to the two latest Picture Pages. I'll probably keep doing this for the rest of the year [Ed-M: Yes, please!] as making them really helped me figure out what Brian was talking about in the original posts (included text is with his permission, BTW).
Apologies in advance to those who have already seen part of this in the Iowa UFR Errata post, but there's new stuff here too.
Losing Contain, Again Again:
The sitch: Iowa has a 3rd and 3 from Michigan's 11 yard line, late in the 3rd quarter. They come out with an unbalanced I-form which they've used to little effect during the day, Michigan answers with a 4-4 with both cornerbacks lined up over the two receivers on the weakside. M blitzes the strongside safety (Kovacs), meaning Jonas Mouton is now the outside guy. He takes the inside shoulder of Iowa's tackle, meaning there's nobody left to contain outside. Iowa scores.
(More) Freshman DB Doom:
The sitch: Iowa has a 3rd and 10 from the Michigan 14, and M rolls Cover 2. Freshman nickelback Courtney Avery turns his head around and chases the inside vertical receiver way too far, abandoning his zone and turning the underneath drag into a wide-open path to the endzone. Iowa scores.
Hopefully these will make the plays make more sense to the more video-inclined.
While updating the Depth Chart by Class (in light of the Campbell / Q. Washington position switch) it first dawned on me that all Guards on the roster are Sophomores. This position switch just made Guard recruiting for 2010 a priority.
Even with a great recruiting class at guard in 2010, in 2013, the most experienced Guards on our roster will be Redshirt Sophs with no Juniors or Seniors (and this is with 0 recruits at this point to fill that void).
This, of course, doesn't consider possible future position switches (Khoury to Guard if Pace is ready to back-up) or playing a true Freshman at the position -- the last option could be more of a sign of necessity (as in playing true freshman CBs this year) than the readiness of a true freshman starting on the line in the Big 10.
Tackle in 2011: 1 Sr - 2 Soph - 2 Redshirting Fr. (Posada, Fisher)
Center in 2011: 1 Sr - 1 Jr. - 1 Fr. - 1 Redshirting Fr. (Miller)
Gaurd in 2011: 4 Jrs. - No Recruits
It looks like Zettel, UM, and OG is a match made in heaven - hopefully Cyrus Hobbi can get back in the picture too. And the consistent recruitment of James Elliott makes a lot more sense to me after seeing the "situation" we will be in down the road.
Just caught Drew (Dull) Sharp pick Penn State over M on sports talk radio. He also thinks Sparty goes down to Iowa.
Gotta love his overwhelming sense of self regard, too.
I know his tenure was a short one, and ended in a fashion that maybe Chris L. Rucker's should have (okay enough MSU garbage). But I was hoping to bring up one of the more undervalued coaches in Michigan history.
Outside of doubling as the dad on The Wonder Years, I thought Moeller did a pretty darn good job. His first three years on the sidelines were unbelievable. He went 28-5-3 his first three years. His 1990 team lost three games by six points. We had a shot at a split national title his second year if we won the Rose Bowl. He 1992 team was undefeated, but those 3 ties kept us from a crystal ball or whatever hardware they were handing out. The last two years were downers, but we still had a good feeling in January after our bowl wins.
I know there were highlights and lowlights. Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook chief among them. But he did what we would love. He blew away OSU and MSU a few times. We won three Big Ten titles and won a Rose Bowl. 4-1 bowl record. He also threw the football. We didn't feel like a predictable offense during his years. And QBs saw what they could do at UM. The groundwork for that pro-style offense was his baby. Also, most of the key players from that 1997 team was recruited under his regime.
Maybe time heals all wounds. Maybe I'm a crazy Lions fan that thinks he should have been given the Lions head coaching job. But I never see his name mentioned. It's as if Bo handed the keys of the program to Lloyd Carr. I mean he chose Moeller for a reason. Look at the 1989 head coaching staff:
Cam Cameron, Lloyd Carr, Jerry Hanlon, Bill Harris, Jim Herrmann, Les Miles, Gary Moeller. Look at who he had available to pick. I think his self appointed successor had a very short, very successful, and very easily forgotten regime. We talk about the players, but not about their head coach, and to me I think it's a shame for him.
Why is 0:01 bicep kisser not a meme? This is a wrong that needs to be righted.
I wanted to design a special edition Halloween wallpaper and we're playing Penn State this week, so a JoePa Halloween costume was the natural choice. All I had to do was add a plastic nose and some bushy eyebrows to the slightly more respectful 2010 Penn State game wallpaper that I released on Monday. In my first version of this wallpaper I completely replaced the real frames with a pair of joke glasses, but thought it was actually funnier to attach the gag accessories to the real frames.
The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.