at least it's not just us?
Tampa Bay stole Patrick away from the 49ers' practice squad, signing him to their active roster, citing "a potential need for depth on the offensive line." [LINK] Rather than take one of the two tackles already on their own practice squad they searched farther afield for a guard.He looks happy.
Less happy note about the "potential need": Three Bucs have been diagnosed with MRSA, one of whom is a guard. The first two cases are supposedly not related to one another (different strains of MRSA) and experts have been called in to ensure a safe environment and educate the players (per CBS News article: LINK).
Patrick Omameh was spotted this week after practice with a new hard cast on his left hand and may have broken it. Doubt it will keep him out of the game, but who knows...definitely shouldn't get called for a holding penalty now.
Omameh was honored with a surprise ceremony Thursday night at the hospital for being part of the 11-member Allstate AFCA Good Works team, an award given to college football players for their community service work.
Sweating profusely, Omameh was stunned. He had known he had been named as part of the team, selected from a pool of 117 candidates and Michigan's first team member since Zoltan Mesko. He had no idea he would be presented his award in front of some of the families he helps each week, media members and around 20 teammates who showed up to help celebrate his accomplishments.
I'm rooting for ND for the first time in my life. Feels dirty.
Denard and Vinny Smits:
BWC and Gordon:
Omameh and The White Receiver:
Video companion to the Picture Pages 'Zone Minus Read.' Analysis courtesy Brian, as usual. Original Picture Pages at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-zone-minus-read. So this time I've got proper lowercase letters and the slo-mo is working again. That means next time I probably will have effed-up lowercase letters and no slo-mo.
Setup: It's second and three on Michigan's first drive of the second half. They come out in Ace one-wide against Iowa's 4-3 under and will run an inside zone.
Wha'hoppon: Michigan doubles the NT and strong side DE as the LBs flow straight upfield. The critical point here is when Lewan just chips the backside DE and then goes out on a LB. This leaves the DE as a free hitter. There are a lot of things you can do differently with Denard in the shotgun reading that DE (the DE would either have to keep contain on Denard and open up a cutback lane for Fitzgerald, or go for Fitzgerald and leave Denard one-on-one against the safety). Since they aren't, he's free to more or less make the tackle. Brian also questions Watson's decision to block the SLB outside and ignore the DE, but I'm not sure the result would have been any different - the SLB would have been maybe one step later in pursuit, but the DE got to the spot so fast that one step probably wouldn't have mattered.
Original Picture Pages at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAQefW9nCkg