to play football, not to play trumpet
Interesting article at SBNation on how best to utitlize Rashan Gary in M's defense. Here are some highlights (but worth a read, so I recommend a click-through) ...
So the ideal deployment of Gary would be letting him rush the edge sometimes, but keeping him prominently involved in stopping the run. He should be positioned to loop inside on pressures. Often, he should start on the inside.
A multiple-front defense like Michigan's would be easy to move Gary around in. The Wolverines have done so with 6'5, 300-pounder Chris Wormley, who had 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2015. Against a pro-style team like the hated Michigan State, perhaps Gary would be best as an under-front three-technique.
On any runs to the tight end side, Gary would have the opportunity to be an interior disruptor, penetrating from the backside and utilizing his ability to shuck blockers and dart through gaps.
But against a spread squad like Ohio State, perhaps Gary could also contribute as a DE who has the agility to rush the passer, play the option on the edge, and handle the techniques teams have for getting playmakers loose on the perimeter.
The key is whether Gary becomes a jack of all trades, a master of one, or a master of all. The former would make him a valuable contributor to any team. The second could make him the strongest weapon on the field. The latter would mean dictating matchups and make him the queen of the chessboard, so to speak.
He's in the studio now!
Hopefully the Prattville (alma mater of Keith Washington, Kingston Davis, Dytarious Thompson) to Ann Arbor pipeline continues! Love what Harbaugh is doing with finding talented HS coaches
Changed head coach to coach - my bad
Facebook now has a social media version of nostaglia where it brings up posts from the same day in prior years. Today my feed reminded me that on Feb 4, 2009 I posted about Denard picking Michigan on signing day. While I was excited about the commitment I had no idea what an incredible player he would become. Denard was a 4 star, but wasn't as highly ranked as some other guys in the class including Campbell, Turner, Forcier and Gallon. He picked us over Florida, Georgia and K State. I don't have any particular reason for posting other than it's about Denard, and because I hope and don't doubt with this staff that before long we'll see another player who generates the excitement of knowing that at any time he touches the ball he could break a big play (if he gets more touches on offense Peppers may already be that guy).
Our Hero & Michigan Interim AD Jim Hackett speaking at the Michigan League on Wednesday
Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett and Liz Barry, special counsel to University President Mark Schlissel, discussed ideas for improving sporting venues, the recruitment process and the importance of a transparent relationship between the athletic department and students at an open forum Wednesday.
The discussion was coordinated by Central Student Government as a venue for students to bring up topics pertaining to athletics as the University transitions to a new athletic director, Warde Manuel, next year.
“I love when we go crazy with the students,” he said. “That’s what makes me want to go to the games: to watch you. Not only does the team feed off of it but the rest of the fans do too.”
Looking at recruitment — specifically football recruitment — Hackett said the values the University was built on, such as integrity and academic excellence, are important when looking for prospective players.
“It goes without saying that the standards here are pristine in terms of integrity,” he said. “It’s a 150 year old program, and it’s the underlying values that make it great.”
The discussion of recruitment followed the University’s Signing with the Stars event earlier Wednesday for National Signing Day, which featured University alums Derek Jeter and Tom Brady.
Source: MichiganDaily.com, Lydia Murray, 2/4/16
Thanks to a mention from GVSUGoBlue in another thread, I went and listened to some of the recent coaching staff interviews from the Huge Show (featuring Harbaugh, Drevno, Brown as well as Lewis and Butt). A few of the things Don Brown said stuck out to me:
Well we'll start with for down guys and we're not uniquely just a four down defense. You know well we'll get into multiple substitution groups but I'm also big believer you got to stop the run, and that's make them one-dimensional and then chase that quarterback as hard as you can
Pretty standard. We knew or suspected this from watching tape of the BC defense. He mentioned Mattison not being worried about a transition back to a four down front. He also mentioned that as 'the easy part' and then:
We had 5 linebackers walk out the door so that that part of it is a little bit more difficult and not really having true hybrid SAM type that I'm looking for. You know we've, we've had to, you know, scramble on that in the recruiting a little bit but I felt like we've got we've got a couple, you know, great candidates there and a couple guys on campus that will be looking at as well
So this leads to the title of the thread: Who will play the hybrid SAM role in 2016? I assumed that the D would be a two ILB and Peppers as a base, but this has me thinking otherwise. Maybe it's just a situational or part time role but it sounds important to Brown. Before you answer, consider this quote from the interview:
Well, you know we tell that, we told everybody in our recruiting trail 'don't come in here with the thought of, or thinking to redshirt' you know that's just satisfying you know, we feel like an all 3 levels we've got guys that can come in and do that
So a couple guys already on the roster and a couple of the recruits. Now is the time for baseless speculation and way-too-early predictions cause it's the off season and that's what we do.
First off, it seems the Rueben Jones position switch from DE to LB fits that role and Josh Uche is mentioned as a hybrid.They seem to be obvious candidates, but what about others? Can Carlo Kemp or Lawrence Marshall fill that role? How about McCray? Will the hybrid SAM be for a three down front/sub package or in addition to the four DL?
I'm curious about what the Board thinks of the potential players for that spot since I'm sure others are more aware of the skill set require to play that position.
Edit: User ifis found that the hybrid SAM is more of a fast athlete (he like, looked at BC's roster. genius) and I found this article about the current player and the hybrid position: