Of what is essentially our base play, (I would imagine.) I fully expect Tate and DRob to make a lot of misreads this year, but I think I'll be fine with it as long as no fumbles or picks ensue. However I don't know if I'd call a 4 yard gain a mistake either. This offense has a lot of options, and when Michigan started throwing to the slotback out of this formation last week, I thought "wow this is going to lead to a ton of yards on several occassions with this new wrinkle." But it's easy to breakdown 5 still photos and play Monday morning QB. Unfortunately for our QB's, the play moves a lot faster than that. As my high school coach said "give me three yards a play, and I'll take my chances with the one yard on 4th down." Tate can absolutely take the 4-yard keeper everytime, and I will be satisfied.
Picture Pages: Scraping, Bubbling
Picture Pages: you see, Rudy, sometimes you just need to break down a play that's representative of a larger trend. This series picks out a play or two per game that seem significant in the grand scheme of things, Theo, and attempts to explain why. Vanessa.
I brought this up in UFR and wanted to make it clearer so here goes. This is a first and 15 on Michigan's first drive of the day.
Michigan lines up in one of their common sets, a three-wide shotgun look. Here the tight end is lined up as an H-back. Michigan often used the h-back as a pass blocker for Forcier rollouts, but this time he's going to go with the play. Western aligns in a 4-3 look with the nickel back shaded inside of the slot receiver. Michigan will run a zone read, and Western will do a version of a scrape exchange. In brief: in a scrape, the backside defensive end will take off after the tailback instead of maintaining contain. A weakside linebacker or corner will provide QB contain, thus hopefully minimizing or eliminating the quarterback's athleticism edge over the defender he's dealing with.
Below is the handoff point. As Western did basically the whole game, the unblocked backside end takes off after the tailback. Since this is the guy Forcier is reading, he pulls the ball out. A couple points: Michigan has six blockers against six defenders here and should be content to hand the ball off. As we'll see, Brown's going to end up with a lot of room.
A few moments later we see the scraper coming in: he's the corner/LB who was lined up over Grady. He comes flying in and threatens to tackle Forcier in the backfield. The scrape exchange Michigan saw a lot last year saw the WLB head outside; this one is less vulnerable to the veer or other quick-hitting backside plays that exploit the fact that your WLB is flying around the edge. But there's an obvious cost: HOLY GOD LOOK AT THE SLOT RECEIVER.
Forcier is, in fact, looking at a spectacularly open guy on a bubble route. One of the Western safeties is coming up but he's inside of and ten yards away from a guy who's quicker than him. At best he squares up and holds the gain down. If he misses a tackle Grady is born to run.
Also note the line moving to the second level and sealing those defensive tackles. Michigan had three or four plays like this where the tailback shot up to cavernous gaps in the line of scrimmage without the ball. And this isn't a reaction to Forcier's decision to pull the ball yet; only the WLB has seen that. The frames above make it pretty clear that if Michigan had handed the ball off Schilling was going to cut this guy off.
Forcier, unfortunately, decides against the bubble and cuts directly upfield:
Molk has finished burying the playside DT and if Brown had the ball he'd be cruising, as the WLB who peeled off to Forcier was about to get his clock cleaned by Schilling. But Forcier pulled the ball and then made a poor read, so he's got one option:
- Just because the backside DE is crashing down doesn't mean you have to pull the ball. This would have been a big gainer if Forcier handed it off.
- Scrape exchanges are not a magic pill. They pull defenders out of position and the right play call—or read—can exploit them.
- Forcier is, yes, a freshman. He made a number of mistakes against Western of this variety.
- But even so it's nice to have a guy like Forcier who can turn his mistake into positive yards. Michigan had a lot of screwups in game one but most of them still went forward. That's a huge difference from last year.
If it was DRob or Brown or Minor or someone who's (basically) a running back I'd say I'll take those 4 yards every time but when the guy running is the only viable pass threat on your entire roster I think he should avoid contact when there are other options that can yield the same, if not a better, result. I know spread guys don't get hurt any more than pocket guys but I think we can all agree that the fewer times The Forcier gets hit the better - especially if we can get big gains out of the non-hit.
But still - I'm with your HS coach - if you can get 3 or 4 yards on a play where nothing spectacular happened that's more than likely a recipe for success.
Forcier did this
if (WDE.IsCrashing == false)
When he should have done this
if (WDE.IsCrashing == false)
else if (WLB.IsBlitzing)
As you can clearly see, the execution does not yield the intended results of the play and should be fixed.
Somewhere in Ann Arbor, Calvin McGee has no idea what you are talking about.
... made me so happy!
Nobody ever explained the decision making process of QB this succinctly before.
and BTW - today I wrote a program that solves god-awful-hard Sudokus for me! Yay!! If we beat ND tomorrow then I will put it up on the interwebs for free rather than distributing it on iPhone App store for $0.01 and hence earning more than Brian earns by providing more than the whole front page of sweet content in a single day! Or maybe not - Brian these days have additional revenues from MGoTShirts and all those ads for Evony I clicked on.
Did you come up with an algorithm for it or are you using a guess-and-check method?
This is awesome.
is that this is against Western. That's an alright matchup against a lesser opponent. ND has sufficiently athletic LBs who were more than happy to take Kaupernick on in space. I doubt Tate has more, if any, athleticism than Nevada's QB.
I could have pre-snap read outside blitz with the safety showing man coverage that obviously.
This play shows why I think, in a few years, Michigan will score 55 pts per game. The offense finally has schemes that are as good as the players U of M can pull in.