If you prefer to regard our beloved Meeechigan football teams through rose-colored glasses, then maybe you should stop reading here. Otherwise, if you have the intestinal fortitude to take a long, hard look in the cold light of day while the bombs fall around you, then by all means, keep calm and carry on.
Now that a couple of weeks have transpired since the Charlie Foxtrot that was the Orange Bowl, a consensus seems to have emerged that the root cause of many of Team 137's deficiencies is associated with the Offensive Line. Alas, this is not a new story, and the explanations as to how Michigan's OL has reached such a state are well documented. Nonetheless, some folks might still contend that the OL has improved under the tutelage of the new coaching staff, and any underperformance is simply a reflection of the available talent having maximized its potential. Maybe, but then again, maybe not.
Anyway, to get to the point of this post, Bill Connelly of S&P+ fancy stats fame now has available the 2016 season wrap-up metrics for OL performance. What's more, the same metrics are also available for the previous 2 seasons. So, after a bit of mousing around in the Excel, the following chart captures everything S&P you'd want to know about the OL's of Teams 135, 136 and 137:
To interpret the data, the pseudo-color scale is based on the ranking range of 1 to 128 (green = 1, yellow = 64, red = 128). Averages for the run-blocking and pass-blocking metrics are also calculated to give some sense of aggregate performance. The trend lines are keyed to the raw values, with green markers denoting the best performance values; red markers, the worst.
What these results show is a nearly wholesale regression in performance from 2015 to 2016, both in pass-blocking and run-blocking. All pass-blocking metrics have declined, with the PD Sack Rate being the worst over the past 3 seasons. As for run-blocking, SD Line Yards, Opportunity Rate and Power Success Rate are improved, but to start, SDLY and Opp. % couldn't have gotten much worse. On the other hand, Stuff Rate, PD Line Yards and Adjusted Line Yards all hit 3 year lows. In a nutshell, the OL shows qualified improvement in pass-blocking over Hoke's last season, but a general decline in the run-blocking metrics.
Just looking at the raw numbers is somewhat stunning in a few cases. A PD Sack Rate of 9.2% means that the QB is getting sacked about 1 in every 11 drop backs on passing downs. With that sort of sack incidence, it's no wonder the PD Line Yards are nearly the worst in the NCAA. Also, a Stuff Rate of 19.5% means that a TFL occurs on about 1 in every 5 rushing attempts. Poor damn Fitzgerald Toussaint has been replaced by poor damn Deveon Smith (and just nevermind poor damn Thomas Rawls).
To sum up, the bubble-gum-and-bailing-wire approach to installing an Offensive Line can only do so much and last so long. Talent, depth and experience make up the three-legged stool on which an Offensive Line Program is established. Alas, UM is still early in the process of building an OL Program. One or two five-star recruits do not an OL make, because like a chain, the OL is only as strong as its weakest link. A key injury can lead to disaster without depth to backfill and experience that can span the gaps.
Yours in football, and Go Blue!
Kid's definitely not been shy about moving around the past few years, but thought it was of interest with the schools listed
Michigan is featured twice in the most recent Uni Watch column on road team names/artwork in endzones. The beginning focuses on NFL games, but there are at least two examples of Michigan games: 1968 @ OSU, "MICH" was painted in the endzone at Ohio Stadium, and in the 1995 Pigskin classic (Lloyd Carr's first game), "VIRGINIA" was in the endzone for a home game (though technically designated a netrual-site game).
Are there any other examples?
ESPN reporting that Cal offered him the job. I would suggest that this is a loss for Wisconsin. At least this time it isn't a lateral'ish move.
Alright I have gone through and updated some overalls and moved some players around. 1st thing I would like people to notice is the improvement in athleticism we are making. We are young but we are going to be waaay more athletic than we have been in the past. I know this is a video game but I use real 40 times, shuttle times, and a players vertical to figure out their stats.
On a side not Seth said something about working with me on the depth chart that would be awesome! I wish that MGOBLOG had a IM spot so you could actually message people individually. I am very curious as to how you guys compile a offensive lineman’s overall because that is one of the hardest things for me to do. There is zero stats available for them and it becomes kind of a pain in the ass to rate them!
So bombard me with your thoughts please give me back some constructive criticism stuff I can actually work with. If you think a player’s overall should be higher give a reason don’t just say Rashan Gary should be a 99 because he is Rashan Gary. 90% of my breakout players have some serious athleticism something we have lacked in multiple positions for a while. I did not mention anybody on the OL because I seriously have no clue what our OL is going to look like!
I have recently started working on Bama I am normally anti SEC anything but I actually made a friend from Alabama and the editor that works on them last year sucked ass! Looking at Bama I was seriously blown away with how athletic they are on defense! I will post the Bama depth chart for comparison’s look at LB specifically! LB is where we have lacked elite athleticism for years but we are finally making progress in that department. I think we improve around 8-12 players a year as far as elite athleticism goes.
2017 will be scary at times but we could seriously be blown away by how fast we look as a whole. Whenever I watch teams like Bama and Clemson play I always feel like they are moving so fast and we seem 1 to 2 steps slower. The reason I feel that way is because most of the time we are.
My Breakout Player’s
QB - Wilton Speight
RB - Chris Evans
RB - Kareem Walker ( He has been killing it in the game. So if it happens on the game it has to happen in real life right? Right. )
WR - Donovan Peoples-Jones
WR - Eddie McDoom
WR - Tarik Black ( I think I seen somebody mention he was 2 inches shorter than he is listed. His height on the game makes him very fun to throw to! )
TE - Nick Eubanks ( This guy is Funchess 2.0 I truly believe he will be a serious weapon in the passing game. His athleticism should get him on the field )
DE - Rashan Gary
DT - Maurice Hurst
DT - Michael Dwumfour ( I don’t know what it is about this guy but I think he is going to be a Hurst 2.0 because of his athleticism. )
LB - Devin Bush Jr
LB - Mike McCray
LB - Kwity Paye ( Don’t know why but I have a funny feeling about this guy. He is really athletic and has that typical SEC LB size. He may RS but I really think he is going to have a big impact on our defense. )
CB - LaVert Hill / David Long
CB - Benjamin St-Juste / Ambry Thomas ( Thomas in JL 2.0 and I think St-Juste is going to be a monster. )
S - Jaylen Kelly-Powell
S - Josh Metellus
S - J'Marick Woods ( Watching Woods film I was seriously shocked that he was only a 3* recruit! This kid could be a really special player and soon. )
Michigan 2017 Depth Chart
|Position||Players Name||Final Rating||Speed||Agi/Acc||Jump|
|QB||Wilton Speight||88||76||78 guess|
|QB||John O’Korn||81||80 guess||89|
|QB - ?||Dylan McCaffrey||79||74||86||72|
|RB||Ty Isaac||84||88||90 guess|
|RB||Drake Johnson||82||87 guess||89 guess|
|RB||Kareem Walker||79||88 guess||90 guess|
|FB||Khalid Hill||85||70||82||80 guess|
|FB||Henry Poggi||79||79||81 guess||80 guess|
|WR - 9||Donovan Peoples-Jones||81||91||95||89|
|WR||Eddie McDoom||78||90 guess||94||77|
|WR - 17||Tarik Black||78||86 guess||97||84|
|WR/SS - ?||Brad Hawkins||74||76||92||72|
|TE||Ian Bunting||81||81 guess||87||80 guess|
|TE||Devin Asiasi||81||78 guess||86||80 guess|
|TE||Tyrone Wheatley Jr.||77||75 guess||79 guess||80 guess|
|TE - 18||Nick Eubanks||74||81||89||80 guess|
|LT||Grant Newsome||83||56 guess||76 guess|
|LT||Juwann Bushell-Beatty||76||59 guess||79 guess|
|LG - ?|
|C||Mason Cole||90||65 guess||75 guess|
|C||Patrick Kugler||80||64 guess||74 guess|
|RG - ?||Cesar Ruiz||79||59||85||69|
|RT - 66||Chuck Filiaga||78||53||85||54|
|RT - ?||JaRaymond Hall||75||53||78 guess||55|
|LE||Chase Winovich||83||83||85 guess|
|LE||Lawrence Marshall||78||81 guess||85 guess||69|
|LE - 43||Corey Malone-Hatcher||75||65||93||69|
|RE - ?||Luiji Vilain||79||67||92||72|
|RE||Carlo Kemp||75||75 guess||88||70|
|RE||Donovan Jeter||75||66 guess||82 guess||69 guess|
|DT||Bryan Mone||84||63 guess||79 guess|
|DT - ?||Deron Irving-Bey||75||63 guess||83 guess||60 guess|
|DT - ?||James Hudson||75||65 guess||79 guess||60 guess|
|DT - ?||Phillip Paea||72||59||81||74|
|MLB||Devin Bush Jr||78||83||85||73|
|MLB - ?||Jordan Anthony||78||76||93||93|
|MLB - ?||Josh Ross||77||75||91||74|
|MLB||Elysee Mbem-Bosse||72||85 guess||87 guess|
|RLB||Mike McCray||88||83||85 guess|
|RLB - ?||Drew Singleton||79||75||95||79|
|RLB - ?||Kwity Paye||71||79||89||82|
|CB||Jeremy Clark||88||88||90 guess|
|CB - ?||Ambry Thomas||78||92||99||83|
|CB - ?||Benjamin St-Juste||75||86||99||85|
|CB||Keith Washington||72||93||95 guess|
|FS||Tyree Kinnel||80||85||87 guess|
|FS - ?||J'Marick Woods||74||84||90 guess|
|FS||Brandon Watson||73||89||91 guess|
|SS - ?||Jaylen Kelly-Powell||76||83||94||79|
|SS||Josh Metellus||75||85 guess||87 guess||71|
|SS||Noah Furbush||74||88||90 guess|
|K||Quinn Nordin||86||70 guess||72 guess|
|P||Quinn Nordin||86||70 guess||72 guess|
|DT - ?||Aubrey Solomon||80||53||82||69 guess|
|DT - ?||Jay Tufele||79||68||83||64|
|WR - ?||Nico Collins||78||88 guess||90 guess||80 default|
|SS - ?||Willie Gay||78||88||93||90|
|WR - ?||Oliver Martin||76||86||96||95|
|RT - ?||Kai-Leon Herbert||76||57||81||66|
|SS - 29||jordan glasgow||73||85 guess||89 guess||80 guess|
Alabama 2017 Depth Chart
This depth chart will change a lot as we near signing day and kids declare for the draft.
|Position||Players Name||Final Rating||Speed||Agi/Acc||Jump|
|RB||Josh Jacobs||80||93||95 guess|
|RB||B.J. Emmons||80||90||92 guess|
|WR||ArDarius Stewart||91||92||94 guess|
|WR||Calvin Ridley||90||94||96 guess|
|WR||Robert Foster||84||91||93 guess|
|WR||Cam Sims||82||88||90 guess|
|WR||Trevon Diggs||81||91 guess||93 guess|
|TE||Hale Hentges||79||76||84 guess||80 guess|
|TE||Miller Forristall||75||79||89||80 guess|
|TE||Major Tennison||75||81 guess||85 guess||80 guess|
|LT||Matt Womack||78||59||79 guess|
|RG - 67||Josh Casher||78||53||85||60|
|LE||Jamar King||80||69 guess||85 guess|
|RE||Isaiah Buggs||85||78 guess||84 guess||69 guess|
|DT||Akial Byers||78||75 guess||85 guess||69 guess|
|LLB||Mack Wilson||82||83 guess||95 guess||80 guess|
|MLB||Shaun Dion Hamilton||88||77||97||84|
|MLB||Keith Holcombe||81||85||93 guess||76 guess|
|MLB||Ben Davis||81||78 guess||88||75|
|RLB||Anfernee Jennings||82||81||83 guess|
|RLB||Terrell Hall||81||82||88 guess||78 guess|
|CB||Levi Wallace||92 guess||94 guess||80 guess|
|FS||Ronnie Harrison||88||82 guess||84||79|
|SS||Hootie Jones||81||91 guess||95 guess||80 guess|