an Oline combo of Dorrenstein, Ortmann, Moosman, McAvoy, and Schilling. It seems like Molk gets blown off the ball by half way competent DT's. I can't wait to read this weeks UFR's
Will come as no surprise to anyone that M really struggled upfront against Wisconsin on Saturday. I expected we'd see some mistakes from Ferrara in his first game at LG, but I was surprised at how many mistakes the "veterans" made and how seldom the OLine managed to cut off backside in this game. Both Wisconsin DTs were able to beat our OTs on several occassions and cut off the zone read. The Wisky defense really seemed to be keying in on these plays in particular and did an excellent job against them.
RR and staff made some excellent adjustments at the half IMHO. First, they reinserted McAvoy at LG. McAvoy isn't a dominate blocker, but is a guy who understands his assignments and is capable of getting the job done. He had trouble handling the Wisky DT in one-on-one blocks, but did get better and better as the game wore on. He did an excellent job on two blocks near the goal line on M's final score.
The staff was spot on in coming out in the second half throwing the football..but a more subtle adjustment was made in the run game. Rather than rely on the zone read as the base running play, the staff decided to run directly AT the Wisconsin D. With Wisky's tackles biting hard on the lateral movement of the OL the belly play became effective and was instrumental in opening up the zone read that Threet busted loose on. The use of the Belly kept Wisky's tackles and LBs honest and didn't allow them to bite hard on the OLs first movement.
Some talk this week about RR moving Ortmann to LG and Dorrestein to LT. We'll see. From what I've see of Dorrestein, he's a powerful run blocker who might be more suited to the inside....and its always possible these are nothing more than motivational ploys to get that something extra from McAvoy.
Looking forward to next week...Go Blue!
I think in a more perfect world (for RR)...OL would have been Ortmann, McAvoy, Moosman, Zirbel, Schilling.
Molk is getting better.
I think the UFR will not be kind to Mr. Schilling this week. He had a rough go on plays away from him.
run blocking was poorish but i'm pretty sure we didn't allow a sack all game
It seems to me it's been a while since the O-line has allowed a sack. Not bad.
I, as always, reserve judgment until the UFR, because I haven't belabored the game film, but it would appear to me as though Wisky's D-Line is not as stellar as anticipated.
Credit some three step drops and a few slants, but everyone in the Stadium knew Michigan was going to come out of the tunnel throwing after the half, and Bucky couldn't get a pass rush to save it's life. If they are half what they are cracked up to be, they get pressure with four against this young (albeit talented) offensive line.
Someone who is better at this than me: Are they afraid to let the ends pin their ears back because they could overrun the zone read? Are they trying to maintain gap discipline and play a soft zone to make Michigan nickel and dime them? Are they just worst than they looked against Fresno et al?