this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Ian Boyd has a really nice article on SB Nation's Football Study Hall (LINK) where he argues that
So the result is an iron law of defensive football in the modern era:
You have to have three good coverage players on the field to survive against the better passing teams.
The two corners have to be good, especially if the opponent has more than one good outside receiver or can move their best receiver around to create match-up advantages, and whoever is covering the slot needs to be strong as well.
There are a bunch of variations that Boyd goes through on how to deploy your defenders:
- The coverage safety: you put a bunch of coverage responsibilities on one of your safeties, allowing you to play your third linebacker (or your fourth LB in a 3-4).
- The nickel corner
- The ace ("shutdown") corner: Woodson back in the day.
With respect to Michigan, does moving Peppers to safety imply that we're going away from (2) and towards (1)? If the solution to hyper-agressive Cover 4 defenses is "attack the slot defender" then putting Peppers at safety negates that advantage while allowing Michigan to stay in its base 4-3 defense.
Get yourself pumped for start of Spring Practice with the MGoBlue video featuring Jabrill Peppers
Per Twitter, no Maurice Hurst, Willie Henry, Jabrill Peppers, Jake Butt, Dymonte Thomas. I'll update as things become more clear. This is a little worrying:
No Jake Butt on the dress list this week. Suspended "for a violation of team expectations"— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) November 1, 2014
The safety situation:
Jarrod Wilson and Delano Hill running at safety with the first team in skeleton drills.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) November 1, 2014
UPDATE: Jehu is back and will be starting:
Jehu Chesson announced on the big board as the starter across from Devin Funchess today.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) November 1, 2014
With the steady stream of threads desiring to bomb the athletic department back to the stone age and the wish to go medieval on certain people, we seem to have glossed over an issue that came out of the Minnesota game.
What is going on with Jabrill Peppers? He was not on the field for the game and when asked about it afterwards, Brady said that he was in the locker room receiving treatment.
I have heard rumors ranging from "teaching him a lesson" to "serious injury". Desmond Howard's take from viewing a practice is that Peppers was the only player on the team who appeared to want to be great.
Does anyone have an update on his status?
Apologies for the OMG SHIRTLESS faithful, but I don't know how to embed instagram shots - but Wolverine247 posted this on Facebook today. Dude was already a monster, and now he is the hulk!
Freshman athlete Jabrill Peppers shows off his improved physique after only a short time with the Michigan strength and conditioning staff.
If someone else can embed, that would be appreciated!