I love listening to Collin Cowherd because he always backs up his arguements with facts. Today he was talking about how experience on the O-Line equates to wins...I know it sounds simple, but of the top 10 teams at the end of the year, 8 of them had an 0-Line with 65+ combined starts. He then went on to say how Notre Dame has over 100 and that they will win 10 games next year. Got me to thinking, does anyone know how many combine starts we will have going into next year?
In many of the exchanges about the extent to which Tate will see action this year (barring injury) vs. Denard or some version of Tatenard Robier, posters have, usually when advocating for Tate more or less exclusively, included qualifiers on the order of, "of course, he'll make freshman mistakes, but…"
So, a two-parter:
1. What sorts of freshman mistakes do you see Tate (or Denard for that matter) being especially prone to?
and, perhaps more interestingly:
2. Which freshman mistakes are mitigated by the Spread n' Shred and which are accentuated, by which I mean both "made less/more likely to happen" and "resulting in less serious/more serious damage"?
1. The obvious one, for either of them really, is to try to make too much out of a busted play, resulting either in a 15-yard sack or an ill-advised heave across the body to the center of the field, when eating it for a 5-yard loss would have been the better part of valor.
2. I'm less sure of this, but it seems to me that the SnS relies more on pre-snap reads and quick ball distribution to a primary target, thereby reducing the likelihood that a green QB will progress faultily through post-snap reads and miss a free safety or a middle linebacker or something. Therefore, there ought to be fewer "freshman mistakes" of that sort than there would be in some version of a pro-style offense. OTOH, the reading of the backside DE can cause problems.
I would love to get the MGoCoaches' perspectives on this especially. Bonus points for people who have reliable memories of, say, Pat White's or Colt McCoy's freshman year (did he play his freshman year?).
This is potentially old news, but I didn't see anyone else mention it on the site.
Looks like we got another hit to our potential quarterback corps. Jozy Altidore will be out for a month following toe-nail surgery (ow! http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=638506&&cc=5901)
Tony Drake's teamate, Corey Nelson, who is ranked the #24 player in the country by rivals and their #4 outside linebacker got an offer from us and says that we are his number one school right now. Good news. He says he isn't going to make a decision until signing day though, so we have a long wait to see if it stays this way.
I've been a little quiet lately, just happy to read and gather info about the team and to some degree suppressing the typical need to offer 2 cents that add nothing to the conversation and only clog the pipes around here. But while reading all the latest on OMT (Our Man Tate) and especially during the Paulus fiasco, I noticed something...
There are a ton of new people around here-- people who are either new or have just been silent up until the spring. In many ways, I feel surrounded by strangers in a very comfortable place. Not that there's anything wrong with that at all-- Hello, I'm 60 and it's a pleasure to meet you. I love UM football like a kid loves dinosaurs, and I'm also really into sports branding and uniform design. I don't at all want to seem like I'm alienating anyone.
But what's happened to all the old regulars? Aside from Magnus, Glen Mason, the Chris's, WolvinLA, the Other Brian, Michigan Student, and a handful of others, I don't really recognize a lot of the names. And maybe I'm just not here as much as I used to be-- after all, it's offseason. But it's almost like going back to your old college bar in your late 20's... Like there's this brand new regime in here, and that's totally cool-- just wondering where some of the old guard has wandered off to.
And for the love a' Lloyd, what the hell happened to ChiTown???
As it is Spring and the post-Paulus era has given me far less Blue discussion fodder, I'm interested in the possibility of Greg Mathews getting the #1 jersey for the fall.
Obviously, he hasn't had nearly the career as other #1's (no 80 catch, 1,000 yard seasons, etc.), but I think it bears considering that Mathews stats were trending towards a breakout Junior and Senior season before last season's offensive collapse. With more consistent qb play, I'm inclined to think that Mathews stats, even with his brief injury last season, could have been drastically more impressive at this point in his career. Perhaps, the coaching staff should consider the epic drop-off of qb talent last year and revive this important tradition for a guy that seemingly could have earned it with his numbers. The guy had nearly 40 catches from the 3 spot in the Mallett/Henne 07 season and with Mario/Adrian gone, he seemed poised to take the reigns. Though we'll have to wait until the 09 season to see how good he can be as a first option with a qb with reasonable accuracy (assuming Forcier's the guy), I think the coaching staff could recognize Greg, not as a statistical marvel, but as a senior whose weathered the rough transition and is now ready to lead.
For aesthetics sake, reviving the #1 tradition this year could give some of the younger guys something to strive for. Even for me, growing up out of state (SEC country) and not a Michigan fan, I remember always thinking the #1 was a pretty bad-ass tradition - one that said 'this guy has worked hard and will soon be playing on Sundays'. While Mathews numbers might not add up, I've always heard that Mathews is a solid worker (07 Maulbetsch Award) and the #1 could cement his status as the natural leader of our young receiving corps.
Tough sell, but thoughts?