this may be of some local interest
While reading Brian's amazing post about the clinic meeting with Mattison, I came across one piece that I can not understand:
Michigan does not align to strength but rather aligns to field—ie, if you're on the left hash the SAM will be to the wide side of the field and if you're on the right hash the SAM will be to the wide side of the field. You can flip your tight ends all around and Michigan won't flip in response. I assume the flipping from earlier in the year was a necessary evil as Michigan tried to get everyone up on the new system.
I don't understand how this can possibly be true. For example, if the ball is on the left hash and the offense comes out heavy left (a TE at least to that side) or a TE with a wing or a even a fullback in the game too, how can our D stand a chance by lining up in an under front with the Sam away from the power?
Wont we be badly outnumbered on that side? A power run with a pulling guard would be a 4 on 3 advantage and possibly more if you decide to read an unblocked DE to the wide side.
In a normal under front, the shade is to the tight end and the 3-tech is away. Does this still stand if the offense lines up power into the boundary? If not how is it not absolutely deadly for the defense to have only a shaded nose and an end to the tight end side?
While we await confirmation of Dantonio's alleged outburst, enjoy this story from the same HHSFCA clinic in Kalamazoo:
So far no presser video from mgoblue.
So, I was reading MMQB at CNN/SI as I often do, and I came across this gem from Peter King on page 4:
Coach of the Week
Baltimore defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. Nothing against Greg Mattison, who kept the defensive coordinator seat warm for a couple of post-Rex Ryan years, but the Ravens have the right defensive brain to choreograph their defensive plan in Pagano.