That is all.
A Public Service Announcement About Spying A Mobile Quarterback
Dear people of the internet who without fail suggest that they will contain Michigan's offense by having a linebacker or safety "spy" Denard Robinson,
Please stop saying this.
A player placed in a spying role drops into a short zone on a pass play and is tasked with running down the quarterback if he breaks contain or starts scrambling. Denard Robinson doesn't really scramble. He prefers launching deep balls into whatever coverage you've got handy. You can put a guy in a spying role if you want but it won't do much other than make your defense more predictable on passing downs.
It will not do anything to slow the Michigan run game. When Michigan runs the ball with Denard your spy is just going to be playing run defense. This is hard against Denard, I know. However, telling one of your linebackers that he should watch for potential scrambles on pass plays does not help him on non-pass plays. Michigan runs the ball over 60% of the time. Denard Robinson scrambles maybe 3% of the time.
When you post on a message board or leave a comment on a blog that says "we should spy Robinson" like you're the second friggin' guy to ever think of this—your defensive coordinator is evidently the first—you should know that God throws a six-inch-tall Japanese schoolgirl with enormous glistening innocent eyes and a Hello Kitty lunchbox into a wood chipper.
Thank you for your attention.
Haha that is what I was thinking. This is the funniest thing I have read from Brian yet.
supposed conversation with Bill martin after the 2008 season. That was hilarious.
No probably not. I have only been reading / following MGoBlog since August. If you have a linky I will check it out, if not I'll have to search for it sometime.
You would think they would have learned better once it didn't work in NCAA '11.
Where can I get one?
I googled "Sword of Logic" so I could post it with something in all caps. This was my first result:
Heaven help us all.
The first thing, second thing, and nth thing I thought of could not be posted.
You've lost that loving feeling.
Hate it when he does that
"Spy" sounds so bad ass...
she wants to be one when she grows up.
I love you.
the real defense is to just stuff the box since he can't throw against b10 def..
and don't ferget to fire up the chipper.
DC's will gladly have Denard launching air missiles all day than hav him galloping all over them.
Until he has a B10 game where he burns the secondary to a crisp, this meme will not die.
so presumably you intended to qualify that a bit more.
fantasy life consists of. You sr, are a FREEK.
6" tall japanese girls are REAL.
Just ask Mothra.
This thread has gotten kind of disturbing.
Disturbing is when they pan the Mothra Girls shot wide and you can see the woodchipper in background. So for now, it's perfectly fine!
The rest of the league (like us) is still tramatized by visions of Troy Smith and Michael Robinson.
When it's a pass, the linebacker will be watching Denard. And then if everybody's covered, and Denard tucks and runs, the linebacker will be able to run towards an area near him. Or as close to near him as the linebacker's footspeed will allow him to get. See? Effective!
yeah, effective for us
Hey, how you doing there big guy? You holding up alright? You wanna soda? Hmm?
Well screw it I tried.
Why doesn't he like to scramble for yards? Is it because it would be too easy and he wants a challenge?
All I know is, after a lifetime of watching Michigan defenses of yore line up against a running QB and have perfect coverage for 3 full seconds, produce a solid pass rush, and generally do everything you're supposed to do defensively only to have (fill in the blank... Michael Robinson... Terrelle Pryor... Donovan Freakin' McNabb...) take off and pick up the first down on 3rd-and-8 and cause me to go aaaaaaaiiiiiiiieeieieieie, I want to do it to other people.
APU: "Hello. I am not interested in buying your house, but I would like to use your rest room, flip through your magazines, rearrange your carefully shelved items and handle your food products in an unsanitary manner. Ha! Now you know how it feels!"
HOMER: "Thank you, come again!"
I want to do unto others as they have done unto us.
So, young Sir Denard, Duke of Dilithium, if you drop back and like what you see, throw.
If not, run.
If someone gets in your way, turn.
You may find this unchallenging and it may tweak your sense of sportsmanship and fair play because you'll be up against some poor sap of a spying linebacker in space, leaving him to flail helplessly in the air like a blind, uh, spying linebacker, but I assure you that it is not only within the bounds of the rules according to Hoyle but also well within the borders of deceny and the spirit of the game.
He either drops back and passes or executes the Zone read (or the step up a little, fake and throw).
Not once has he shown the Troy Smith ability to look downfield while moving around and scramble for a first down if he doesn't like what he sees. Which btw is perfectly NORMAL for a first year QB. Once he has this down, he is going to make DC's cry.
I think it's probably because denard only has two speeds. Super Fast, and Holy Crap What Just Happened fast. He can't slow it down (just yet) to "scramble". He will develop the ability to add a few more speeds.
I suggest we all STOP coming up with different nicknames for him before that day.
If you know what I mean.
How about v. UConn, on 3rd and 15ish, checking things out and then running for 16ish? That was a key moment, and was even referred to in the post-game wrap, along the lines of "and now we make other people feel like we've been feeling".
except, you know, routinely. I was at that game, and after that play my first thought was "ohhhh.... so this is what it feels like to be on the happy side of a scramble. Me likey."
Put another way, I get the heebie-jeebies when he's sitting in the pocket and going through the progression (which usually ends with "which guy is deepest down the field?") when he could be emasculating defenders by running with it.
Yes, I know this is kind of like looking at your 2010 Ferrari F430 Spider (which I just looked up strictly for purposes of this analogy because I know nothing about cars) and saying "Yeah, this is a sweet Ferrari F430 Spider, but it's got this scratch on the bumper right over here, and if I could just fix that, this would be a perfect car."
Perfection is not for this world. Discuss.
I believe the play you are referring to was a draw, and therefore, not a scramble but a designed qb run. I feel like Robinson has scrambled for a few first downs, but the point is well taken that he doesn't scramble very much.
It is partially because our offensive line is doing a great job pass protecting and opposing teams are getting very little pressure on Denard. I think it is also because defenses would rather see him pass than run and are slowing their pass rush accordingly. When Denard has a ton of time he just sits there and waits for something to open up and will throw a bad pass late rather than run. Its definetely an area in which he can improve.
The hell with looking downfield. Just run. Preferably towards the sideline where you can step out to avoid contact, plz.
How about his last play? Rolls out nothing there, looking, looking fuck it I'll take the 10yds.
I understand your point, but he has done it on several different occasions.
I would much rather have the problem of Denard not scrambling enough rather than Denard being impatient and not waiting for plays to develop before taking off. The knock against a lot of dual-threat QBs is that they just take off and run the moment they feel any pressure or that they have "happy feet" in the pocket.
I like Denard's willingness to wait in the pocket to see if something develops b/c in all honesty he can take off and generally outrun linemen whenever he wants regardless of whether he waits 3 seconds or 7 seconds after the play starts. Contrast that with Tate who sometimes has the tendency to break off plays way too early and starts running/scrambling.
As a side note, I was very impressed with Tate's improvement in the pocket against Iowa though. I honestly think RR has achieved what he has always set out to do: "find two QBs that we can win with". Maybe we will have 3 QBs with Devin over the next few years.
the sweater's apropo but that pudding pop looks a lot like a handgun!
I was able to procure this classified image and it appears as though JoePa likes the way you think.
Does ours wear mize or dark blue?
should put a spy on Brian.
I think run blitzing Denard has been more effective than any kind of spying. Make him read and decide faster than he wants to by sending run blitzers. With Denard, it's pick your poison.
Yes, but. We're going to SPY him.
To post this story from statecollege.com?
Scouring for TWIS makes Brian sad.
We aren't running a spy, we are having our MLB run an espionage type of defense...
-everyone sheepishly backing off of their previous statements
what is it with you and the Japanese schoolgirls
I'm not the only one who is wondering that.