that the tackling sucks but it seems to be sucking less with each passing week. Maybe by the end of the season it will be just average, which would be a massive improvement from the start of the season.
A frustrated fan's observations
(1) Totally agree, but that is the reality of the situation, and will probably be the case for at least another year. They players will get better with reps, and I'm not sure if anyone can expect much more than average by 2012.
(2) I agree that Denard is a raw passer, but one silver lining is that while other teams will try to emulate the Iowa/MSU defensive scheme, the next few opponents lack the defensive talent to really pull it off. Iowa and MSU both have very good LBs and defensive linemen, while teams like Purdue, Illinois, and PSU have been giving up yards in bunches to mediocre teams. I expect Denard to show up and play quite well with those acres of yards opening up.
I have also advocated the Tate + Denard offense. Imagine both guys in the backfield, or Denard flaring out or Tate lining up in the slot and coming around for a handoff? This team might have to be a bit gimmicky to succeed, but at this point why handcuff one of the best offensive options to the bench?
(3) Some of the penalties on the offensive line (like most of Lewan's) could be credited at least in part to Iowa's dominant line. When you are lined up against a top-15 pick like Clayborn, it is understandable that some LTs would jump. I remember Graham getting quite a few false starts last year from mediocre tackles. Lewan is learning, and I think the coaches will address some of the offensive penalties very effectively this week.
You really needed to post a a new thread for this same crap as the other ones?
need to be a dick over a thread?
he's right that this is the same stuff as other threads, except that he is hiding his "Fire RR" behind a statement "I'm not sayin, but I'm jut sayin"
He made some statements about accountability for things we are seeing on the field. The bigger danger on this blog isn't the fire rich rod crowd. There isn't much of that in reality.
The way bigger danger is if the knowledgeable fans avoid criticizing the obviously questionable. Tackling, the players not knowing what to do after a blocked field goal, the shakey clock management at times, discipline issues manifesting in personal fouls, the seeming lack of fundamentals on the part of the DBs. There might be others worth mentioning as they appear.
The specifics are all fair game. We hope. Sometimes it feels like Rich is up for reelection in November and we go out of our way to be his official campaign website. That is overboard in the wrong direction.
has been addressed by the board and by RR. To truly practice tackling requires tackling in pads at full speed. With the current depth on defense, practicing full speed tackles would be very dangerous, as any injuries (see Woolfolk, when Floyd went down for a litte bit, etc.) can cause this defense extreme pain. The fouls, I was as upset about as anyone, but, as someone explained earlier, was only a little more than the veteran team they were playing against, and 15 yards was by a RS F who was to agressive, a 15 yard facemask penalty, that didn't look like it was as bad as most, and a questionable 15 yard pass interference call on Floyd. Yes there were other penalties, but young players tend to make more than veterans and we have young players in bunches.
The kicking game we were warned about before the season by RR. With all the youth on the secondary, he was most worried about the kicking game coming into the season and has been doing everything to try to get someone in that can handle kicks.
Michigan lost to 2 teams that are possible top 10 teams. In both contests, it was mistakes by young players that kept them from being more competetive. Knowledgable fans are not avoiding critisizing the team, but it is dissapointing to have to defend over and over the same points that seem to be sending people into defcon 5. Yes I will defend this coach, cause I don't want recruits or current players to have to question the head coaches stability when he is 5-2 and has 2 losses to top 10 teams.
Feel free though to believe all the chicken littles though
in all levels including the NFL. Tackling is one of the most basic part of the game and has been taught since youth sports league. It's sad to see some of the players who can't tackle properly, most of them have been watching too many sportscenter highlights of big hits which doesn't show good tackling forms.
Nobody is as bad as Michigan. JT Floyd and James Rodgers just don't even make an honest attempt at stopping anyone in the open field, although JT will go and hit people in alleys, so I'll respect him for that. Cam Gordon's struggles are well documented. Obi Ezeh might as well not be out there. And whoever wiffed on that last-Iowa drive tackle, when the guy had his back turned, so no longer be starting. You have to make that play. Kovacs is the only player not on the defensive line that can tackle. 1/7 will not win you football games.
our heroes failed today. Tomorrow is Sunday. Look east. the big ball of fire in the sky is is often called "the sun." It does that whole crazy "rising" shit every day, like clockwork.
Seriously, handwringers. Go drink a beer, communicate carnally to member of the appropriate gender (or a mammal of your choice, if you're a lurker from a "rival" school)* , eat a taco or whatever you need to feel right. You're not coaches or players. Have some goddamned perspective about stuff you cannot possibly control or affect.
/R. Lee Ermey, who is sick of this pansy assed whining.
**Miss Michigan doesn't count, nerds.
I'd say we are right on track, but with a + to the upside on the O. In case you didn't read Brian's own preseason predictions, I suggest you go back in the next two weeks and re-acquaint yourself with reality. Here is an extract to jog your memory:
"The offense will undergo Leap II: This Time It's Obvious, becoming legitimately scary to opponents across the league... Defense? Last year again with less confusion and very long stupid easy touchdowns, shredded by experienced, good quarterbacks (of which there are 4 or 5 on the schedule), considerably better against the run, slightly better overall, still prone to major breakdowns."
|9/4||UConn||Leans to win|
|9/11||@ Notre Dame||Tossup|
|9/25||Bowling Green||Must win|
|10/2||@ Indiana||Must win|
|10/9||Michigan State||Leans to loss|
|10/16||Iowa||Leans to loss|
|10/30||@ Penn State||Leans to loss|
|11/27||@ Ohio State||Longshot|
We won everything that was "Tossup" to "Win". I'll take it. the two losses were more painful than expected based on early season success and the TO and mistakes that led to those losses. I expect to win at least two of the next three. The last two will be tough.
As for GERG. He gets a pass until he has more experienced players, and stability in the D coaches is more important than just about anything else, at least from my point of view, although recruiting is a close second. I expect that we end up with a pretty good D class.
The link to MGoBlog's Preview 2010, including position groups expectations...
I had them losing this game and to ND. I wanted us to beat MSU. WI and OSU are most likely loses. That leaves PSU, IL and Purdue to win one of these for us to be 6-6 and a bowl game. The season is still young, anything is still possible.
Again, it's likely the youth, but I was just yearning for this defense to cause a turnover today. At this point, I'll take good tackling.
Lewan: What was up with that?
he dropped one and a couple plays later Iowa scored a TD and he could have easily picked off the pass before Iowa's last FG, but stopped when he saw no one behind him. That one would have kept it a TD game and gave us the ball with over two minutes left.
That Florida team was much more about the players that they had at their skill positions, than either of those two guys. In fact, that team was really carried, by its defense. Nevertheless, the main reason that Tebow and Leak could even stand to be on the same team together was because one was a freshman and the other was a senior. The only reason Tebow saw the field was because Meyer had to crumble against heavy pressure when Leak wasn't doing so hot.
Having two guys in the same class splitting reps at QB is a recipe for disaster. QB is unlike any other position, you cannot just swap guys in and out. It is virtually inevitable that there is a dropoff in quality from the entire offense when switching guys at QB. It can throw off an opposing defense or two, but the lack of consistency on offense will catch up with you more times than not.
stopped reading when I read the phrase "2 deap".
seriously, when was the last time you misspelled "deep"?
I was hoping the MSU game would be close. UM almost came back to tie this one up with IA. A few plays just didn't go our way. We'll see how we do against the more average or sub average b 10 teams in the next month. If we can get at least two wins out of the next 3, then we will be in good shape with a guarantee record of 7-5. May be an upset against WI or OSU?
What I don’t understand is why everyone points the finger at GERG, but nobody calls out the fact that the defensive staff is made up entirely of RR’s guys. I respect RR’s decision to focus on offense and hire a DC to manage the defense, however if you are going to do that, you need to give them control and the ability to put their own staff in place. I don’t know many D coordinators worth their salt that wouldn’t request having their own guys. Imagine if RR was offered the job and told he could have it, but he needed to retain Lloyd’s entire staff? People asking for GERG’s head seem to forget about this. Once again, I think there is a lack of chemistry on the def side of the ball (coaching) and a lot of finger pointing going on, which doesn’t help. Yes, our linebackers suck, but GERG isn’t the only one who put a lot of stock in Obi only to have him falter in games. Inability to tackle is not a function of scheme, it is more related to terrible position coaching, which is largely of RR’s crew. I would rather see us shake things up with the def staff rather than firing GERG.
Imagine if RR was offered the job and told he could have it, but he needed to retain Lloyd’s entire staff? People asking for GERG’s head seem to forget about this
Big, big difference between a head coach and a coordinator. Coordinators do not normally choose their own staff. The situation with GERG is pretty typical. I don't think that's a valid excuse.
As for the position coaches being the problem and not GERG, well, I think Tall's done a fine job with the DL, and Braitwhite seems OK with the spurs and bandits. Gibson is hard to evaluate given the enormous turnover. The one unit that has unequivocally been a disappointment is the inside linebackers . . . coached by GERG.
Let's just win at PSU. A coaching change is such an overhaul. I have thought about it a lot and it's late:) Come on RR, we want you here but we have to have some success! Let's win for Michigan.