I was listening to a local analysis of problems the Patriots are having (see link below). An announcer noted that the Patriots have trouble adjusting at half time. They often go into the half with a lead, the other team adjusts to what they are doing, and then the Pats offense sputters. It's a new problem for the Pats' formerly high-octane attack.
Yet, it sounded all too familiar. Since UM had similar half time adjustment problems, it might be useful to consider what the announcers said was a cause of the failure of the Pats offense to adapt. They didn’t trust their O-line. So, they kept everybody (including the tight end) in to “max protect.” That limited their playbook, leading to the use of many of the same rushing and passing plays. I wondered if this analysis might also be pertinent to UM, given the near invisibility of UM’s tight end and the O-line problems after Molk went out (not to mention the limited confidence in freshmen QBs in newly learned plays). Another reason to “max protect” would be Tate’s injury problems. I realize that our offense was a far cry from that of the Pats, yet our offense too seemed incapable of change and our problems were legion after the first half, especially during the latter part of the season.
I apologize if this discussion is repetitive given much earlier discussions. But I wondered if this link might provide some new information. Since I haven’t had the time or skills to analyze the UM offense, and since Brian posted quite a lot of analysis on this site, I wondered what other peoples’ thoughts were on our mal-adjusted half-time. Is the analysis of the Pats' problems pertinent?
(PS the video linked below is pretty brief, if you want to listen to it)