It's Friday and Draft weekend, so I thought I would post this gem I saw come across my Twitter feed last night right after Lewan was picked...
Yeah that's pretty hilarious.
I never blamed him for it. It was the responsibility of the guy to the left of lewan. I can't remember his name
Was it possibly Brandon Moore?
IIRC, it was Mike Kwiatkowski
Too funny. Glad his mom has a sense of humor and keeps him on his toes!
TE blown assignment, unsurprisingly.
Did they seriously show the Clowney thing on the Lewan clip? If so fuck them running. Lewan man-handled him all day long. All the live long damn day.
No, they showed it when Clowney was drafted.
It's a huge pet peeve of mine. Clowney was shut down that game. But, I digress. Since the whole internet thing came along, we are a highlight driven society. The proliferation of the internet has allowed us to be passably knowledgable about everything, so fewer and fewer people do more than scratch the surface and move on...
By and large, I agree. It was a blown assignment. But few DEs could turned that blown assignment into what happened there. He still read it perfectly, hit with absolute authority, recovered the football immediately and was almost able to get up and return it. Also, it looks really cool out of context because Vince's helmet pops off and dreads are flying all about.
Scouts were not looking at that play as one of Clowney's best, but you have to admit it's an exciting play, or would be if we weren't on the losing end of it.
I'm still super annoyed at Armando Gallaraga's perfect game. Also since it would be reviewed today.
Clowney should send Kerridge a couple of bucks from his contract for that hit; it was the last dominant play he made in college, and yet people still bring it up.
(And yes, I recognize that he's a very good player and people are overstating his struggles)
Haha moms is keepin it real. That's great.
Clearly a mistake by a former walk-on TE. This play has been blown so far out of proportion. People blame Taylor. Others blame Joe. Clearly kwiakowski (sp?) was supposed to block down and he didn't. Missed assignment probably a check at the line that wasn't picked up/heard. These things happen.
Not to belabor the point but the biggest issue I had with the entire play was the fact that Vincent Smith should have never been in that situation in the first place. He's not a third down type back (yes, I know we had just got a seemingly unjust 1st down) when I say he is not a third down (short yardage) back I mean he should not be running through the tackles. That play was meant either for the A or B gap, two places he should rarely be running through.
Just so many mistakes. Plays like this are really what bothered me personally with Al's offense. Sometimes scripted to the point where everyone knew what was coming and players always seemingly were in the wrong positions at the wrong times.
I don't think you know what a "3rd down back" is. It's not a short yardage back, but for some reason people mistake this a lot. 3rd down back refers to third and long, and typically a 3rd down back as a smaller, quicker back who can catch out of the backfield well. Justice Hayes would be the best example on our current team.
Your right. I have no idea what a third down back is. I only played and now coach. No clue though. I understand what you are saying and I get the philosophy. Point being, we were running the ball.... The RB has three options when he takes that handoff. Bang, bend, bounce. Vincent smith should have never been in for that down and distance if we planned to run the ball. The personnel makes complete sense if you are throwing the ball (although, he was also not overly impressive picking up blitzes and/or pass blocking) so he better be A. Chipping and leaking B. Leaking out for a screen, or C. Getting flat outside, pushing the D horizontally before getting vertical.
Let's assume we don't blow an assignment and the play goes off without a hitch. What do we gain? Likely nothing; because 165lb Vincent smith (who was never the same post injury) was never seriously going to gain yards against one of the best defensive lines and top 3 front 7 in the sec.
I had brought up the whole 'third down back' because I was referring to his role Borges had essentially designated him for. The question I ponder is why would he be your 'next option' in that scenario? To me, moves like this suggest that either Borges (presumably) or a combination or Borges, Jackson, and possibly hoke were far to loyal to upperclassman and in particular, seniors. Sure you could make the argument that we did not have much else, but I really question your analysis and judgment if you feel like running v smith between the tackles in that situation was really in the best interest of our offense.
Of course this play is easy to break down and criticize because it ended up being an utter disaster, but there were plenty of other plays that game and throughout the season and season(s) where you look at player personal and playcall, shake your head and whisper wtf to yourself.
The number of times Al Borges tried to run Vincent Smith up the middle for 0 or negative yards was just mind-boggling. It was never Smith's fault. Ignoring the unbelievably bad line play, that should never have been how he was used. Borges called plays that just made zero sense. And then mindbogglingly, he called them over and over and over again, even though they NEVER WORKED.
The down blocking by all the lineman (Zone) Including the TE (Assuming he gets over in time). Allows the RB to read the middle of the defense and bounce to the left. Hence the FB stretchining to the CB on the left. The play was designed to suck Clowney in and run right by him not to the A/B gap.
Any run play to a RB in a zone blocking scheme has three options. Ideally you would like to keep it inside, but you can also cutback (bend) or bounce outside (bounce) as well. It looked like it was supposed to be your typical ISO that was just blown up. Had it not been blown up was Smith going to gain positive yardage?
with the spelling: it's K w i a t k o w s k i . I know, as that was my dad's birth name.
There's actually a slim chance he's a distant relative of mine, as that was my paternal Grandfather's last name, and the last name of most of the relatives on that side of the family (although my dad and one of his 4 brothers had their last names changed to what was roughly the English translation of that last name).
Though family history is sketchy, it goes something like this: Grandpa Kwiatkowski (and his 16-yr-old brother) left the rest of the family behind in Poland way back in 1897 or '98 when he was only 13 or so years old, settling in Kent County, Michigan.
Supposedly another family member or two followed a few years later and settled in Southeastern Michigan, and I believe Mike Kwiatkowski came from a Detroit-area school. But Kwiatkowski is a very common Polish last name, so most likely there's no connection. And because he whiffed on that block, I have no choice but to denounce any possibility he's related to me.
There were actually several Kwiatkowski's from metro detroit. My college roommate and teammate was a Kwiatkowski. He had graduated from a large high school in macomb county. He also had a younger brother who was good in his own right. Their dad had played on one of Bo's rose bowl teams (can't recall the year off the top of my head) A room in their house had a ton of pictures. Some where football pics, others where just family pics with Bo and pics with himself and Bo outside each of the three pizza places he had went on to open. Pretty bad, he was a teammate and roommate and I still can't remember how to spell his name. I never asked if Michael was a cousin, but since he went to Dakota (another big MAC school) I will assume he was.
well done momma K.
"Kerridge would have been better off at UNC. No one there would have given a shit about his missed assignments."
Other than one big hit, Clowney was contained the whole game. The Michigan line made him disappear. Also, Kwiatkowski, not Lewan, was on Clowney most of the game. Pretty damn impressive actually.
that one play changed the whole game
Not only a foot taller but literally 100 lbs heavier. And he was only a DE. Idk if V Smith gained more than 10lbs the entire time he played at Michigan.
There was that earlier play where Smith's helmet hit Clowney in the family jewels. That was pretty funny.
You gotta love em.
This is hilarious!! I admit I winced again last night when they showed this as Clowney's first highlight, of course.
edit: I also appreciate Joe's response. I probably would have said, wtf mom, we've been over this a million times, it wasn't me! hahahah
Great kids often start with great parents who keep their "stars" grounded. When you can laugh about stuff like this, it is all good.
As a Houston Texan fan I have to admit transferring from hate to love with Clowney has been hard. However, after hearing the kid in several interviews I have trended upwards in my approval of him. He does not come off as a prima donna or punk in any way.
When Clowney got drafted, my wife said to me, "Isn't that the guy who bitchslapped the Michigan running back?" Friggin' Hawkeye fan
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