further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Fun little article in LA Times about Keith Jackson. There is a photo of him holding photo of UM marching band tribute to him in his last season, and a good quote about Bo.
There has been quite a bit of discussion lately about M's need for counters, and reference to the tackle power that we ran against CMU on which Toussaint picked up a nice 20 yard gain even though Lewan got too deep on his pull. So I was studying that play for use in an upcoming diary (part 3 of my "Four Plays" series, which I plan to have ready in time for the B1G opener against Minnesota), and here's how it appears to have been drawn up:
Schofield has to kick-out the WDE, Miller & Kalis double their DT, while Glasgow and Williams have to single-block the two backside DL. Miller's supposed to then pop off the double to block the MLB, while Lewan pulls, leads Toussaint through the hole, and blocks the first guy he sees--presumably the WILL.
What is bothering me, though, is that there does not appear to be any plan for blocking the SAM. In the CMU game, Michigan ran this play out of a 2-TE set, with Williams on the LOS and Funchess in the slot but tight to the formation. Yet Funchess then ran a pass route which leads me to believe the idea was to fool the SAM into following Funchess rather than try and block him. It didn't really work, and the SAM would have been able to hold the play down if Toussaint hadn't made a sick move and spun the SAM onto his ass.
I was thinking maybe a better way to run this play would be with a FB, and have the FB block Williams' guy so that Williams can get out on the SAM--but then I wonder if that ruins the play's effectiveness as a counter? Anyway, I was hoping to get some opinions on this play--am I wrong to think that somebody needs to block the SAM? Is there a better way to block him? Did somebody target the wrong defender in the CMU game and so what looks like a flaw in play-design was really an execution issue?
I thought this was an interesting tidbit and a good example of why a night game against MSU is indeed a bad idea.
Seventy-two people were ejected from Michigan Stadium on Saturday, and 11 people were arrested. Another 133 people had to be treated by emergency medical personnel and of those 133 people, 21 were taken to the hospital according to University of Michigan Police.
Before even coming to Michigan, Kalis, a redshirt freshman, studied two season’s worth of discs that highlighted Hutchinson when he played guard at Michigan.
On Tuesday, Kalis got some one-on-one coaching from his lineman hero.
“We were doing pass-pro stuff today and Steve actually came up to me and pulled me aside, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is Steve Hutchinson, and he’s talking to me,’ ” Kalis said Tuesday night after practice. “Getting coached up from a guy like that — getting coached up by Coach (Darrell) Funk is great, he’s a great coach, but I get coached by him every day —so getting coaching from Steve Hutchinson one day, it was a great experience to hear from a guy who might be the greatest guard of all time.”
Hutchinson was among the many former Wolverines who were in town for last Saturday night’s game against Notre Dame. Kalis said Hutchinson gave the linemen “pep talks” throughout the game on the sideline.
His on Tuesday was mostly regarding technique. Hutchinson didn’t tell Kalis anything he hadn’t heard and learned from Funk, but sometimes it sinks in coming from a different source.
I know Dan Dakich is a hot button around here but it was a good interview with coach Hoke.
They touch on # 98 being reissued, Tom/Mark Harmon, the ND rivalry, Tommy Rees and Hoke helping young Dakich with his cross-over dribble.
Due to internet filtering at work I have to post the podbay link. Start at the 10:30 mark.
Here is the original podcast page for those of you not hindered by stupid work filters...
Title says it all