We're all frustrated by the lack of first half production from our incredibly talented group of players. I figured the OSU game would be the game where RR finally broke from tendencies. That didn't happen.
I have a huge problem with his incredibly predictable use of the zone read and I think this greatly hindered our success in the first half.
Michigan ran designed zone read runs 13 times in the first. Every single time it was a give to the RB. The backside DEs did not even bother containing Denard because OSU has scouted us and seen that Denard never keeps it on ZR. All of their defenders flew to the RB every time. This is like taking 13 snaps and throwing them out the window!
If you remove Shaw's 39-yard run, the other 12 ZR plays reulted in 32 yards with 1 fumble. That's 2.67 YPC. Terrible.
Watching Denard run out his ZR fake without anyone so much as looking at him makes me want to vomit.
In the post-game presser, instead of those stupid-ass questions by the MSM about RR's future, how about asking this question:
"Rich, you ran zone read run 13 times in the first half against OSU. It was a hand-off to the RB every single time, even though the backside DE never even attempted to contain the QB. Aren't you coaching Denard to keep that ball at least some of the time to keep their defense honest?"
Why not THAT fucking question? Gah!