Koger/Odoms/Roundtree on the field at the same time, go 5 wide.
FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Koger/Odoms/Roundtree on the field at the same time, go 5 wide.
I did mention this. Thanks for the obvious. The only problem with this is that you can't have a RB in this formation!
How can you do that when Koger's a TE?
Just brainstorming: Why not Denard at WR? That'll stretch the field. I don't think RR has gone on record with any specifics about where he might play in addition to QB. Why would you slot Denard in the slot?
I did mention Denard as a WR. But he's most likely a slot, just adding to the too many players for the same spot conundrum.
Is always better than having more spots than athletes.
I will take any combo of Odoms, Roundtree, Stonum, Hemingway, Koger, Webb, and any others that step up this year. Thats a good set any way you throw them out there.
so far this spring.
I didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know. I still think he's a better fit for slot since he's more slippery than fast but I'm not a coach.
I think those three put up big numbers because the freshmen quarterbacks generally were not in the position to throw many deep balls.
I think that as the Oline gels, and the QBs learn the system you will see outside receivers put up some decent numbers too.
Overall, I don't disagree that all of the players listed are talented, I feel the numbers are skewed a bit.
at the prospect of Denard 'getting it' and becoming the phenom we all think he can be, but we need to keep in mind Tate is going to be a year better too. His game will be faster, his passing better, his generalship better; if Denard passes him up as the starting QB sometime in the future it's going to be because he grew into awesome, not because Tate couldn't get the job done. IMO.
p.s. 'Salivate' of course, is meant figuratively; for those of us who are literal about it...I don't know what to say.
Yes 5 wide with a QB with Denard's speed would be amazing. But let's be honest, his accuracy doesn't exist beyond 10 yards. Sure he has a rocket but it's just as likely to hit grass or the opposing team as his WR hands. If Denard found Brady's long ball I'd say go this formation all season, I just don't think it's realistic.
Denard seems destined to be moved to a KR specialist who plays some slot.
I like to make quick to the point posts, but I should have clarified. This fantasy is based on this set being deployed rarely, with Robert still starting and getting most all the reps. Denard has a Jet Motion hand off to slot receiver ( odoms )and Koger like true TE. The rest explains it self, its still got lots of run option in it, would work a few times a game.
Ohhhh! I like the formation if it's a mix in. I was talking base formations and I was thinking 5 wide most plays is insane (unless you're Purdue).
I agree with your premise to get the best combination of receiving and blocking on the field at the same time, but my conclusions are somewhat different. Keep in mind that it is also important to have least two "guys that we can win with" at each position so that we have fresh legs at all times to create the up-tempo Offense that RR is striving for. Roundtree is not an ideal slot, but he will be fine on the outside - his height is not an issue and though he is a bit skinny he delivers a blow when blocking. (I sympathize with your "if it ain't broke don't fix it" feeling with regard to his success at slot, but feel that he can get open just as well from the outside; we need slots who are elusive and explosive on the bubble). Roundtree along with Stonum, Junior, and Stokes gives us four guys outside and do not sleep on either J-Rob or Ricardo who are both capable of playing right away to create more depth and insurance for injuries (I'm looking at you Mr. Hemingway).
In the slot we can rotate Odoms and Gallon and have T-Rob and Grady in reserve. As for Koger (and Webb) let's wait to see what the coaches have planned for the tight ends this year starting with "hold onto the damned ball!".
While our outside WR have promise none of them have steeped up. Stonum showed promise but didn't become a go-to guy. Hemingway is slower then Koger and is often injured. Miller and Jackson are both true freshman who have been mentioned as being more possession WR because of their lack of speed. And counting on Stokes to go from RS to a genuine deep threat seems unrealistic to me.
I mentioned moving Roundtree out wide but I don't like it. The outside WR are supposed to be deep threats. Roundtree doesn't have that speed. I think he fits the slot where the WR need to be more agile then fast. They just need to make the first man miss and make a move in a closed in space. That seems to be his specialty.
My point about moving Koger outside is that he's a reliable WR that has the same speed as Hemingway and that putting him out there gives our young QBs another target they can trust.
Is there an issue with having Koger at TE, Odoms and Roundtree both in the slot, an outside WR, and a RB? With 5 OL and a QB, this adds up to 11, right? So, all can be on the field simultaneously without having to move one to outside WR or having to run 5 wides.
We would have to be in trips closed (TE one side, 3 WR other side) or an unbalanced set, making Koger and ineligible receiver. (The latter usually being run-based formations.)
However, this is a nice option to mix in, and a fine idea.
On the other hand, I think Koger's blocking abilities were average at best, and horrendous on the perimeter. If he's going to drop passes, as well, I don't see the advantage of having him on the field. If, however, he has improved his blocking DBs in space and has lost his case of the dropsies, he's a very nice player.
The reason you can't have two slots without two outside recievers is that an uncovered WR can't be a slot. I guess you could have Koger outside of one of the WR's, but this is not a viable option to me. I think the point has already been made that we have a ton of talent on offense that simply can't all be on the field at once. What's the problem with that? I like having so many playmakers all over the field.
Watching Denard run the read option on mgoblue.com makes me think that he might quickly become the starting QB this year. If our read option is effective, the rest opens up. I like Tate better as a passer when it comes to reading defenses, but when the D is scared that Denard will take it to the house - our WR's will be open like a 7-11.
Trips, as mentioned below.
Oh please let this happen; if Tate and Denard were suddenly 1 and 1a, that would be frickin' awesome! Tate with his uncanny passing accuracy and Denard with his world class quicks and speed, that would be great. Hopefully Denard's progress is as true as it sounds, but either way the offense is going to ROLL this year, mark my words!!!
If the slot WR is the outside WR he is no longer the slot. The slot position doesn't mean lining up 10 yards off the TE, it means being between the line and the outside WR. By definition (unless you're in trips) you can't have more slots then outside WR.
corches would survive without the friendly and helpful advice from the fanbase.
I want to dip my balls in it!
would take balls!
Don't ever forget the coaches.
I'm not trying to coach! I just am interested in solving the situation. I didn't know that trying to figure something out equated to thinking I was more qualified then RRod.
Last I heard the coaches see him as one of those dual-threat guys; meaning he can play both slot and outside. Hence, if you want Odoms (or Gallon) and Koger on the field with him you just use your Roundtree-outside package. I don't think it's that complicated. At least not so complicated it needs an entire diary to explain it.
Junior Hemingway comes back... then you have stonum and hemingway ( 2 clear outside guys) with roundtree gallon odoms and koger to play inside. Sounds like an great problem to have
What does Hemingway bring? I don't understand the fascination with him. Outside of that 1 amazing catch opening game he's done very little. He's too slow to beat a CB deep. He's not agile so he can't play slot. He's short and he doesn't block amazingly well. And his career has been injury plagued. That's not his fault and it has certainly limited his ability to develop but to trust him to be a #1 outside WR is ridiculous in my opinion.
I think he's a good bet to miss 4-6 games and in the games he'll play he'll get 2-3 catches for 30-45 yards. I'd expect much more out of a starting WR.
I think Stonum and Stokes should both be ahead of Hemingway on the depth chart. But on 1st and 10 you can put Koger out wide and then substitute in Stokes for both Koger and Stonum.
Having the Offense spread 5 wide with Denard in a QB draw doesn't sound too shabby either.
not to mention that going 5 wide with either Denard or Tate allows the QB to take off right up the middle on any broken plays.
Given Tate's ankle breaking against ND, and Denard's TD rush on his first play, I think a 5 wide look with a mobile QB is the perfect wrinkle to open the deep routes.
is actually connecting on some of those deep routes early in the year so that DCs have to respect the possibility that one of those 5 receivers might end the play with the ball in his hands. This quickly revealed itself not to the case last year.
Yeah this sounds great if you want our QBs to get hurt. Having the QB lead the team in rushes over a year is guaranteed to result in having our 2 QBs, that weigh under 200 lbs each, hurt and miss games. Not to mention that when Denard is at QB everyone knows he's running.
This idea makes no sense to me. I'd like to see Tate run a lot less this year and hopefully as a result he'll last all year. I'm not saying I want him to act like John Navarre but those rushes for 1-2 yards aren't worth the hit he generally receives.
that MSU's defensive coaches figured out that Denard usually runs when he's in the game. quite an observant bunch up there in EL.
yeah let's just hope he has improved enough since then to become a consistent threat, even still I think defenses will still have to account for 5 spread wide giving Denard space. Denard in space is something to watch. Denard pumpfake for the win?
this was a smart-ass comment regarding the announcer's treatment of Denard being put in at QB vs. MSU last year. Every time Denard would go in they would say "The MSU coaching staff figured out Robinson runs 80% of the time he's in the game." as if this was some coaching miracle or secret. I just found it hilarious.
Options 1 and 2 have already been done.
Option 3 isn't likely.
Option 4 is kind of silly. Put your best players on the field and let them play.
Roundtree didn't play outside last year (I don't think). I know Koger played some H-Back, I mentioned that specifically!
I agree with Option #4 not making sense, that's why I wrote this post!
I'm saying, Roundtree has already been moved to outside WR (this spring) and Koger has already started playing some fullback/H-back (this spring).
In today's Spring Stuff article it mentions Roundtree is playing outside WR due to the injuries of Hemingway and Stokes. That makes me think it's not a change we'll see this fall.
But the fact that the staff is already moving someone outside means that my premise (of moving Koger outside) isn't that far off. The team is looking for another outside WR.
At USC Mike Williams played outside WR. Now everyone knows from his Lions days how slow this kid was. But in college he dominated because of his route running, hands, height and he was part of a great offense. There is no way that Koger isn't just as fast as Mike Williams. He's the same height, he has good hands, he can block and if he's out there with Odoms, Roundtree, Stonum/Stokes/Hemingway, and whoever is at RB then he'll be in an amazing offense. If Koger was listed as a WR then nobody would think twice about having him outside.
I don't even know where to begin with this comment.
Roundtree is not playing outside WR due to the injuries. He's playing outside WR. The reasons are outside of your knowledge (and mine).
Moving beyond that, though, why would the coaches move a kid just for the spring? That's not helping the individual player, the quarterback, or the team. They're kidding their best players on the field, and one of those players is Roundtree.
Your "premise" is not moving Koger to the outside. And besides that, moving a TE to WR is a much bigger change than moving a SR to WR. On top of that, you usually see wide receivers moving to tight end, not the other way around.
How do you know Koger is as fast/faster than Mike Williams? Oh yeah...you don't.
Furthermore, did you notice that Koger wasn't getting the ball at the end of the season? That's likely because he dropped several passes, including a couple easy ones. So saying that he has "good hands" and using Mike Williams (who had great hands in college, if not the NFL) as a comparison is somewhat far-fetched.
They've had Roundtree outside with Stonum on the other side, and Gallon and Odoms in the slot together. That's something I'm really excited to see in the fall.
Roundtree and Stonum play outside. There is a slight issue in the slot because their will be competition between odoms and gallon for the primary slot position. But for the most part, Koger is a tight end. He plays stand up in the slot sometimes, sometimes in an H back/wing position, and a lot of the time in a 3 point stance as a tight end.
First off, Odoms is clearly ahead of Gallon in the slot. Odoms was the #1 slot guy last year and only lost it due to injury. When Roundtree was resting Michigan put Grady in. He might be ahead of Gallon on the depth chart.
I mentioned moving Roundtree outside but I don't like it. First off you want the QBs safety valves (the guy you throw to when you're scrambling) to be closer to the QB, so in the slot. Secondly, Roundtree led the team last year from the slot. Why make him learn a new position with new routes. Also, I don't think his skills match up with outside WR as well as in the slot.
and grady has been playing RB in spring practice. Im not disagreeing that odoms is ahead of both but Gallon has been getting many reps this spring.
Did you say put Kroger for our deep threat? I am no coach but if I were playing I would think that there is a lot more talent to put out there than kroger. He is a good TE but not a deep threat there are a lot more people I would put in before I would put him in. ( For a deep threat) If I read the thread wrong someone correct me.