this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
of the defensive break down is up, those of you that believe the crap about shafer not knowing what he's doing, or about bad schemes, or about us not playing man to man, and only rushing three, might be a bit upset about the first half... im sure the second half will be different, but only becasue michigan in the first half, stuffed what msu was trying to do. feel free to comment on the break down... Those of you that have listend to what i have been saying about what our main problems have been on defense, and what Shafer has to do to make up for them, will see what im talking about. Note without film, or brians UFR clips they might not be that good for ya, but oh well. I'm only doing it for you guys, so bite me if you dont like it.
since i have to have 200 words ill say this. The problem's are easy to see, but not easy to eliminate. I cant tell you how many times over the course of a season i have watched bad plays by bad players. You show it to them, you rep. it in practice, you think you get it, then BAM there it is again. If you have someone else that can play, then its an easy fix, if not, it takes months and months to teach technique that becomes second nature, and muscle memory.
lifted from my website at gsimmons85.blogspot.com you can check it out to see where im going with this...
about 6 years ago, I was coaching basketball, and with another coach we decided we need to find a defense to help us compete with athletes that were bigger faster, and stronger than we were. Well we decided to start running a type of 1-3-1 that we had heard a guy talking about froma Highschool coach in Wisconsin. So we go ahead and start ordering a couple of tapes from him, and really liked the defense. After we got really into it, we decided to give the guy a call, and we ended up having some great conversations with him. The following is a story from one of those converstions that i think will give you a little insight into the role of schemes.
Im talking to Wisconsin coach about matchup problems etc. these are his words to me...
"coach i was talking to this guy one time and he keeps telling me about the team that he is about to play. Well they got a great inside scorer, he said. Well ok then i would do this, and this and this. Then he says to me, well ok coach i could do that, but they also have a couple of guys that can really stroke it from the outside, so i repond with some other ideas, well ok then i would do this, and this, and this. He responds by saying, well coach the problem is they have a great penetrating guard as well so what do you think coach? I said well bud, I hate to say it but I think you are going to lose."
Matchups and and players, matchups and players...
The next generation spread...A-11
A team last year tried to run something similar, the problem is with the eligible number rule. On normal plays, you have to have at least 5 ineligible numbers on the field. Now you can line them up in different places, but there has to be five. Last year it was illegal, at least in our game (we shut that team out, so they were trying to catch us by suprise)
How this offense is claiming to be legal is because of the free kick rule. By putting one more than 7 yards back they say they are in a free kick formation. All can be eligible numbers in that formation. http://www.humphinternet.com/A11/pdf/A11ApprovalProcess.pdf
this is the website for the new offense. http://a11offense.com/
We shall see how it plays out.
On my blog, i go through some of the impressions i have this summer from running two of shafers most popular coverages exclusively. wwww.gsimmons85.blogspot.com I think the thing that most are wondering about in the secondary is how are we going to replace Brandent and Jamar? The thing about Shafers defense is that i dont think we are going to have too. The problem i saw from safties over the past several years at Michigan has been hesitation and second guessing. 90% of time if a safety is unsure, he is beat. Shafer (whom many consider to be one of the top secondary coaches in the country) takes the uncertanity out of playing safety. The biggest advantage for having a blitz happy DC, is that the secondary can read and react to qb keys, and not worrie about being looked off, missdirected, etc. The problem is that many times a blitz happy DC puts the secondary on islands. Shafer however with his blitz fakes, zone blitzes, and delayed blitzes, gives the secondary the confidence to know that a QB will never be comfortable enough sit back and read what they are doing. Shafer will spend a ton oftime in two-a-days working with his defense on reading QB's Arm angles, foot work, shoulder moves, etc. So having said that, I look for our safties to have big years, not becasue they are better than my second sons name sake (Brandent) or the guy from Butler highschool, just down the road from me (jamar) but rather because they are better coached, and have a better scheme for them to have success under.
Like i illustarted on my blog a couple of months ago. I have been employing shaffers coverages for few years. i listened to him speak years ago when he was a secondary coach at illinois. and when he was at western michigan iirc. i have about 4 tapes from him as well. i was always impressed with his secondary technique kowledge. Almost every thing i have drawn up over on three and out, came from shafer. He likes press coverage, its a little different press coverage then what you are use to though. You wont see a lot of straight jam technique, rather the press is an inside shade, outside foot back, inviting the fade (michigan corners will know how to play the fade better than any other corners int he country) then on the snap of the ball, they execute what is called a shadow technique. Shafer describes it as imagining that the sun is setting behind the offensive player, and the defender gives ground, with short shuffle steps, and tries to stay in the shadow as long as possible. Forcing the offensive player to make the first move, makes it harder to get a corner off balance with a missed jam. After the offensive plaeyr has declared whether they are trying to release out or in, the defender will then cross over step, and jam with the opposite arm and foot. then ride the offensive player.
This shadow technique is what you will see michigan running when playing man, but also when playing a lot of their zones (i broke down some of his main zones as well)
the other press you will see will be an outside shade, bump see squeeze technique, where defender is on an outside shade, forcing an nside release. they have about 2 seconds to press the reciever, then they open their hips to the qb and aqueeze their deep zone... you will see this a lot when michigan runs their zone blitzes and any time that corners are pressig yet have deep zones.
the other thing with shafer, is that since he has a rep for blitzing, his okie package is so good agaisnt the pass, because he has 10 of the 11 players sugaring up to the los showing blitz. once again, check out some of the stuff i have here www.gsimmons85.blogspot.com
I have a couple of other tapes of shafer, that im getting out of mothballs, about safety play that ill pass along too you.
The most impressive thing about shafer is his focus on details, from the correct position your elbow should be in when striking a blow (low elbow is a strong elbow, high elbow is a wet noodle) to the aiming point of your claw hand on a reciever when running in stage.
Its actually very ironic that he got the michigan dc job. I really had no idea of his conection to RR, and thus never felt he was interested in michigan, or that he had the "pedigree" to be considerd. The passion he coaches with is as simular to mine of any of the big name guys i know. The first thing i thought about when i saw him running into the end zone to congradulate a defender for the pic 6 in the spring game, was last year during our first 7 on 7 of the spring in helments, when my olb got a pic 6 and i ran him down in the endzone, head butted him, and knocked him down.... didnt realize i was bleeding so bad till i started getting light headed.... cant wait till august, the only thing better then finally getting to watch a well coached michigan defense, is the excitment i feel when the lights go on friday night.
Im not a writer like brian or my friends over on the WLA, but i love to teach the game of football, and im thankfull for brian giving me a little bit of a forum to help teach the game to fellow wolverine fans. Thats something i never thought i would have the opportunity to do.
Do your self a favor, when you are Michigan, switch to multiple front defenses... becasue if you think shafer is just gonna base out fo the 4-3 against spread teams, you are crazy.