There isn't a whole lot of analysis. But then again, that's where Brian is too after UMass. "I Got Jingos." or, from Brian's piece this morning, "I don't have anything incisive to say about Saturday's events. . . I started poking around previous events like this to figure out what you're supposed to say when the predictable thing that doesn't mean anything happens."
Nonetheless, a few bullets:
- The UMass game means nothing, and is worthless for predicting the rest of the season.
- ND is the first real game (Bama too good, AFA too unorthdox, and UMass too weak.)
- Michigan is good enough to win the Legends Division. Which isn't saying much.
- The passing game isn't as bad as previously thought, with Gallon and the Devin's play really standing out and making this a legit part of the offense.
- Deep passing game and goal line play are areas of concern for Michigan.
- Defense doesn't show much promise yet.
- Only one sack is not good, esp. against UMass.
- Frank Clark is pretty good, but not great.
- Secondary is pretty scary (at least Ramon and Avery,) and will likely be exposed by the lack of a decent pass rush.
- Can the DL rush the passer, stop inside runs, and contain the passing game? This determines how Michigan's season will go.
There was one thing Gerdeman noted which was new to me: the QUADRUPLE option. This is the kind of play design I'm salivating about with Borges. When he has all the pieces he wants, the team will be awesome. (NOTE: if someone can embed clips of this play in the thread, that would be great.) I quote:
The most interesting development for me was seeing the invention of the quasi-quadruple option. Basically, the play starts like a jet sweep, Dennis Norfleet comes through the backfield as the ball is being snapped, and as he is running to the quarterback, the tailback in the shotgun then follows right behind Norfleet like a pair of runners crossing home plate at the same time.
Robinson can give the ball to either player, but the defense has to respect both of them. I don't think this is a read play yet, and I don't know that it ever will be, but the defense still has to assume either player is live.
Michigan ran this play three times. Norfleet and the tailback carried the ball the first two times. The third time it was treated as a play-action pass and Robinson threw out of it. The quadruple part comes in when you consider the fact that Robinson could also take off with the ball if he wanted to.