This is another illustration of how the positioning of the MLB so close to the line of scrimmage in Michigan's 3-3-5-that-isn't-really-a-stack renders him more vulnerable to being eaten alive.
In other news, I don't know if it's the prospect of the upcoming bludgeoning by Columbus Community College or the fact that most of these are of a play that didn't go well, but these are starting to get hard to do. "Here's how we screwed up again, in excruciating detail."
Anyway. Wha'hoppon: Wisconsin has second and three at their own 32 on their second drive of the day. Michigan plays a stack over Wisconsin's I-formation. The play starts out as an iso to the right. Martin stands up a double team and then slants playside, and Ezeh takes on the FB to close the playside hole. The blocking works much better on the other side, with Mouton being erased by the backside guard, RVB being kicked out, and the playside guard releasing off Martin to devour Demens. Avery fills the hole between the guard and tackle, but the blocks on Demens and Mouton leave a cutback lane open to the inside of the tackle and Montee Ball rolls through it for a ten-yard gain before Vinopal can chop him down.
The 3-3-5 is the death for our LBs...They are constantly out of position, over pursuing, or getting washed up in the mix allowing the safties to come up and try to make tackles. Its not a good sign when your safties are making tackles in the running game.
"doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results".
The new definition of insanity is now "Michigan football's execution of the 3-3-5 defense".
The most disappointing thing about this defense is the coaches complete lack of the making any significant adjustments to the defense, as the year went on. Changes the players and their postions is only a small part of the problem we have had with this system. The whole execution of the scheme is the major issue here.....
"We've all got to do a better job. I like the play calling, we just have to execute better. I like the attitude of our guys. We had a great practice. Guys were fighting, guys were doing things. - Brady Hoke every press conference past and future.
I agree. I watched West Virginia yesterday, who runs the 3-3-5 the right way. They are something like 10th in the nation in total defense. So obviously the system, when properly executed, can be very effective!