Yeah, but, like, we didn't get to play Michigan. There's no telling what our YPC would have been if we had.
BTN Practice Visit Twitter Dump
The Big Ten Network stopped by a Michigan practice and did their usual suite of impressions that may or may not mean anything. They totally could mean something and it's the preseason so you'll jump on the barest morsel of information, so here they are.
This year the quantity and quality of the observations are significantly reduced, FWIW. Last year there was a fourth guy (Griffith, I think) tweeting stuff and it seemed like they got more information out of it. UPDATE: Okay, Griffith was there. He updated later than everyone else; I've added them in.
Players Of Note
Robinson is the one guy who can beat you. D Gardner is also really impressive. D Morgan, Q Washington stood out among young defenders.
Hurrah positive Quinton Washington mention. Also, leave Desmond Morgan alone: he is not a fullback yet.
UM Prac - Good day today Smith,Gallon,Cox,Countess,Grady,Shaw,Wilkins,Ash,Black,Schofield , Washington,Lewan,Watson,Koger,Eddins
Okay, that's like half the team, including Steve Watson—who is never going to play—doghouse member Kenny Wilkins, and walk-on (and not even the hyped walk-on) Chris Eddins. At least you see Washington there too.
@BTN_Michigan Other freshman that will see playing time CB Blake Countess, CB Raymon Taylor, LB Desmond Morgan, DE Brennen Beyer
There Is No Running Back
Borges said he hasn't had a clear stand-out at RB. Wants to try to find one - but he hasn't emerged. Lots of options there, though.
UM Practice - No veteran running back has really separated himself from the pack. Rawls has had a great camp and may be in the mix.
Mattison talked about decision to leave Ravens - said he loves developing kids - taking them from freshman yr to making the NFL.
Just leaving Michigan practice. The staff is really impressive - a lot of teaching and a lot of feedback in the practice.
Pro Style Transition Promises And Fear
Borges made it clear he is going to try to utilize all of D Robinson's skills - even if it means running stuff that he doesn't typically run
UM Prac -Integrating two different off may be much more difficult than I first thought. It's will be a challenge and interesting to watch
That's ominous. Grab-baggin' it?
UM Prac - Regardless of what the Michigan O will look like Denard looks like a vet and has great body language. He was a lot of fun on set
Gerry DiNardo Doesn't Actually Watch Football Games
UM Prac-Teams in the B1G that run the ball the best do a certain blocking drill. UM did it today - entire team playing with better leverage
This isn't entirely clear but his previous tweet is about how practice is very different so the implication is that Michigan did not do this blocking drill a year ago. Michigan led the league in YPC one year ago even though they played with turrible leverage and ran like 70% of the time.
UPDATE: there's a story that makes this clear, with Griffith talking about this same mysterious drill:
"One of the things I hadn’t seen in a (Michigan) practice recently is when you see one of the best running teams in the league and the drills they do; I saw those drills at Michigan. That’s an indication they’re going in the right direction.”
This quote will be fun when Michigan's YPC drops by a yard this year. I mean, no one thinks Rodriguez didn't need to go but the least you can give the guy is he knows how to put together a rushing offense.
Gerry DiNardo Puts Together Lists Of Words
UM Prac - Defense will improve significantly - because of offense scheme, coaching emphasis, simplicity, different packages, and pressure.
So, that's everything. Including "offensive scheme." Also including both "simplicity" and "different packages." I wouldn't be surprised if DiNardo believes that few possessions == good defense. He is very old and a terrible football coach. It seems like DiNardo hated Rodriguez; before he even got to practice he was talking about how you have to run the I-form to play defense.
UM Prac- No surprise prac was much different than recent past.More emphasis on Kick Game (Brady coached it),emphasis on D (Brady coached it)
Our defensive head coach coached the defense. Last year our offensive head coach coached the offense. This year Brady Hoke, who knows jack about kicking, is looking at the people kicking the ball.
WTF, Gerry DiNardo?
UM Prac-defending I form w/o a dynamic TB & no designed QB run plays is a problem.OSU has done it the last 3 yrs. & struggled vs the best D.
Either DiNardo meant "O" at the end or he meant "running" at the beginning. It seems like the former from the context, which means he thinks Michigan running the I-Form is dumb, except it makes the defense better… except it makes the offense worse… this is how you have a losing record at LSU.
due to the fact that we ran the read option about 0.1% of the time last year. What we ran was a ball fake, but in almost every instance it was a designed run to either the RB or QB. My point is it doesn't reduce the team to 10 blockers when it is a designed run (unless the playcall was just lucky).
Further, even if we DID run the read option you can't discount the numbers because of it. What, because we ran a specific system the numbers don't count? Honestly, I was ready for RR to leave as well but the lengths people will go to discredit and disgrace the guy never ceases to amaze me.
That's the whole philosophy of the spread and the read option. Spreading the field forces the opponent to reduce the number of people in the box. Once they only have 6 in the box, the numbers are considered in your favor even if you only have 5 blockers because you take one guy out of the play with the read. The non-ball-carrier essentially becomes the 6th blocker. You don't have to believe me, but I'd suggest you lookup the videos on youtube of RR explaining how the play works.
I'm not saying the numbers don't count; I'm saying that they don't directly compare. The reason the system worked is because you give yourself an extra blocker. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, in fact, it's a great idea. What I am pointing out is that by changing the number of blockers for the runner adds an extra variable to the equation which makes a direct comparison of numbers more difficult than before.
I don't particularly like this guy - def a mediocre coach - but in the last three season previews he's said- 2008: this team will be bad. 2009: better O but still a bad D; Denard is better than Tate; 2010: Good O, but D still bad. Now what part of those assessments was incorrect?
My issue with those assessments are that they lack any real substance. Tate was definitely a better QB than Denard for 2009, and everything else was pretty obvious when the defensive is lining up with walk-ons and underclassmen at most positions. Looking at the depth chart and recent rankings would have told you that.
I agree about DiNardo in 2009. He said at the beginning of the season that Denard would have the starting job by the end of the season. I thought he was crazy. He was wrong on the timing, but by 2010, it was clear that Denard was the star. I think his big picture observations are worth paying attention to. His small talk and tweets can be ignored.
Anyone have any idea what drills they're talking about for the running backs?? Curious what drills everyone things are the best ever.
Also, nice link to the freep without linking to the freep...rick rolled... kinda.
You know who could provide better analysis of Michigan football than Gerry DiNardo?
This is DiNardo's career record, and that includes taking a good LSU team to 10 wins and then cratering them to 2-8 3 seasons later. Beyond his time at LSU, the guy never had a winning record, and underperformed even by Indiana's standards. Just a waste of space on BTN, and really diminishes the credibility of the program. Well, along with the announcr they have from Northwestern who was abysmal during last year's Purdue game.
Pretty sure the Big 10 championship mural is on the other side of the hall...
And NC's are NC's. People who bitch about us bragging about things that are worth bragging about are usually posting at the RCMB and root for the other guys. I for one welcome our new National Championship bragging overlord.
The difference is that Michigan has always claimed those National Championships. OSU only snuck in 1970 about 40 years too late. Which is why they got mocked for it.
And Yale isn't an elite program anymore because of a little thing called football scholarships and forced irrelevancy within the college football world. Which isn't comparable to Michigan in the least. Same thing happened to Chicago. And when you go to their campus, they're still displaying the first-ever Heisman Trophy and a huge case full of hardware in the lobby of their athletics/fitness facility.
Flaunt it if you've got it. And we do. So we do.
Michigan has claimed that national championship since 1948. And, funny, no one ever calls us to task for it.
As for how Ohio State has recognized 1970, if memory serves, it all of the sudden showed up in the Horseshoe post-renovation, to the puzzlement of many, as they hadn't put anything up of the sort pretty much ever. So that's why they get slammed for it. All of the sudden, nearly 4 decades later, you decide to claim a championship?
Again, I say flaunt it if you got it. And we have 'em. So we do. I don't understand why you're so intent on slamming the football legacy and tradition of the -school you cheer for.-
And one wonders, if that 1970 team had thought they won a National Championship... How do you explain the rings they received in 1971?
More on OSU '70. Mandel was the one who broke the story in 2009:
This isn't even close to being comparable with 1947.
just don't turn back to page one of that Mandel story...
Just wow...to this point you seemed to be keeping a level head even if I disagree totally with what you say. Then you ask if he would believe we won the NC in 2008 if we claimed it the next year. Now you are fighting like a child.
Then you're going to have to increase the amount of National Championships for everyone. Because there are lots of institutions that do so. In fact, back to the point that major organizations have retroactively rewarded those pre-UPI championships. So there is a bit of "consensus". So your definition makes your point wrong. Unless you're talking "trophy" as a qualifier...because what does that entail? The handing of corn to small children? A certificate? Seems pretty arbitrary.
I mock Sparty fans who claim a Big 10 championship from last year but mock us for claiming the '97 NC,
Given the cast of characters is the same, why is the ypc expected to decrease, aside from denard running less often?
because we are supposedly running the new (old) MANBALL offense that uses a completely different blocking scheme with different running plays combined with the fact that Denard will be running less. That is just my uneducated guess though.
maybe we can stay after O'Brien (or Shittu) then?
I maintain that there is no possible way to definitively parse this statement of DiNardo's:
defending I form w/o a dynamic TB & no designed QB run plays is a problem.
Dinardo is saying that the defense is not being prepared for the season going against our offenses I formation. Hes saying because we lack a dynamic tailback, and we are not running designed runs for QB, that the defese is not seeing what they need to in order to get prepared.
it sounds like it is as good a translation as any to me.
All the Big Ten media guys have read the press conference from this week, and DiNardo is an idiot.
(sigh, why are we all posting on here when we could be getting paid big bucks to say even slightly less stupid things on tv)
if only ypc decided who wins games.
Did someone say Desmond Morgan was getting some time?? I assume @ linbacker right?
I picked him as my sleeper star of the 2011 class so I'm hoping he proves me right.
Anyone know what his # is??
I would assume he is at MLB, so he would have to beat out Kenny Demens for any PT, which seems highly unlikely.
Brian has a one track mind when it comes to M football, everything comes back to RR. Reminds me of Jerry Lundegaard and "trucoat" from the movie Fargo. I guess I am the irate customer dealing with Lundegaard
This quote will be fun when Michigan's YPC drops by a yard this year.
Come on Brian, pull it together. No one knows what's going to happen.
Brian, you should seriously use Storify.com to do these "Twitter dumps". It'll make your life a lot easier.
"Our defensive head coach coached the defense. Last year our offensive head coach coached the offense. This year Brady Hoke, who knows jack about kicking, is looking at the people kicking the ball."
I usually try to stay out of the RR v. Hoke pissing matches, but what makes you say this emboldened part? Hoke's teams were decent to good at kicking at both SDSU and Ball St. By my math they had a FG% of 73% (79% under 40 yards) over the last seven years. Maybe he had nothing to do with it, but just because he's a defensive coach doesn't mean he has no interest in (or knowledge about) the other facets of the game.
But I think that's a paraphrase of a recent Hoke quote.
and say that most coaches who have coached their entire career on the defensive side of the ball no jack about kicking and the mechanics thereof.Are we just trying to pick fights now?? Give it a rest already. We are on the verge of a very exciting time for UM football, let's concentrate on that instead of slinging mud at eachother all the time.
Also, just for your benefit, I have seen qoutes from Hoke on numerous occasions where he freely admits to knowing nothing about kicking the football, so there's that as well.
Dinardo also tweeted that the Michigan defense was improved, played with better leverage and would be top half of the Big Ten defensively! Ill take that all day!!
To be fair, the owner of the blog posts those links. That is, if you're talking about the mgo.licio.us feed.
You can follow those "links of interest" without reading the mean things "the owner of the blog" is "constantly" writing about Brady Hoke. And, as a bonus, you can save yourself the trouble of having to comment on issues that no one supposedly "gives a crap about."
Stfu you don't know what you're talking about. Nick Sheridan started at qb in some games in 08 Bozo
are a fucking tool! If you don't like the owner of the blog and the things he writes, here is a helpful hint...the door is over there >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Use it.
Curiously, what was the YPC for our running backs vs. Denard's YPC? Denard was our main runner last year - this year it should be one of the running backs.