Per statements last week, this will be the official snowflake thread for thoughts regarding the offensive playcalling / coaching. There will also be a similar thread for defense. Special teams and coaching snowflake threads can be created as needed by volume, but this thread will be primarily for thoughts on the offensive performance.
Official Snowflake Thread: Offense
In before exmtroj shits on everything.
A troll through and through.
If Gardner eliminates the turnovers we are fine. The only reason our last three games were close is because of those bad decisions and some bad bounces. Settle Devin down in the bye week and we roll.
How about the horrendous run blocking?
Run blocking actually seemed to get better in the second half. Hope that's not a mirage.
Interior guys actually seemed ok on run blocking. The TEs were missing a lot of blocks though. UConn was stacking against the run so they always had a free hitter.
120 yards for Fitz, 5 yards per? It was bad in long stretches, it was good in others.
I'll have to go back and look, but I felt a lot of our negative runs were RPS type situations. Not that the Oline did that well, but it's not all on them either. It was pretty clear for a stretch there Gardner couldn't complete a pass to save his life, the UConn D sensed it and sold out to stop the run. We play actioned finally on 1st down and almost hit Jehu deep and they backed off a bit. We also made an adjustment to seal the outside edges towards the end there a la against Central Michigan, which worked pretty well for us.
Yeah, I thought the same thing. They were basically daring us to pass for the 3rd quarter.
...was Lewan not being 100%. He didn't have his usual mobility and things got a lot better when he got some TE help. I don't remember a lot of one-TE sets with the TE on Lewan's end of the line before tonight. It was a good idea, too--you want to run behind him but for tonight he was having some trouble getting a seal.
Saying we will be if Devin stops killing us with turnovers. I'm not saying THAT will happen though, just hoping.
We aren't who we thought we were at the beginning of the season.
wow... just, fucking wow...
EDIT: I'm just going to stop using the Android app to comment since it never comments on the right post.
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts oh what a merry fuckin Christmas this would be
I'm not sure it's the only reason the last three games were close, but I largely support what you are saying. If Devin lessens or eliminates the turnovers, the momentum shifts of each the last three games seem largely different.
Also, several of the turnovers have been of the back-breaking variety (a turnover is never good, but turnovers for pick 6's or giving the opponent a less than 30-yard field immediately after the defense has come off REALLY doesn't help things). From that perspective, I would think it fair to say that the defense has held up fairly well for the positions they have been placed in.
I am never going into an Mgoblog Michigan game thread again. Also, fuck Windows.
Good. You may not be missed.
I don't care if I am missed. Most of the comments were RCMB-tier.
Trying being a mod. The comments that get through aren't really that bad.
(sobs in the corner from modding liveblogs three years ago)
We're all pissed right now. But gamethreads aren't based on style or substance. They're gamethreads.
Thank goodness I wasn't the only person who kept mistaking the Windows logo for a flag. Their marketing team ought to know better (although, maybe it was on purpose... we remember it).
Jehuu Caulcrick just admitted to taking money at MSU. That makes me feel a little better today.
he said "We all did."
@JehuuCaulcrick : I don't understand y everyone is making a big deal over Arian Foster saying he got money while he was in college. News flash We all did.
Everyone murders people...
Apocalypse averted just barely for the 2nd straight week... I no have good feels for the rest of the season at this point...
4-0. Badly needed bye week
Hold me Dileo
I kinda need a TVH dileo sandwich to jeep me going
But take out the muff punt, and the fumble for TD, and it wasn't that bad.
I thought this was PSU under RR. It's not.
"Take out all of the bad stuff and it was good."
That's great man.
"all of the bad stuff".
Two plays. But continue to feel as bad about all of it as you feel necessary, yo
And yet, Michigan won.
I though Michigan faced a lot of shitty luck tonight. This team has issues, and say what you will about them...but the fact that they came back from 14 down on the road at nght speaks to their resiliency. Which has been a theme of Hoke teams, they never quit.
But oh boy, they have a lot to work on during the bye, don't they.
But it's bloody UConn. As the announcers said, they may be, literally, the worst team in college football right now. Michigan never should've been down. Fitz should've had holes all night, the defense should've had 3+ sacks, and Devin should've had nearly immaculate pass protection.
There is a very real possibility that Michigan is not good.
four sacks. Though, I agree that the rest wasn't good and they should not have found themselves trailing.
I really do. I was laighing manaically the whole game. Was this real life? Beer was my only friend.
I don't know what this team is yet. Gardner looked nearly perfect against ND...and completely incompetent two weeks in a row later. We were nearly perfect in the red zone...and two weeks in a row I'm fretting a turnover on every snap. The OL is incredibly bad at times tonight. Against UCONN. That really is inexcusable.
But they did win. And it was on the road. At night. Against a sellout crowd that was much more UConn fans than I was expecting. And they were jacked up. And Uconn is one of those teams to fluctuate between turrible and competent. And the offense did look much more coherent in the 2nd half (if still spotty at times)
I'm just trying to remain optimistic because the record still says 4-0, and no matter who you play against...adversity is adversity. And twice the team has responded positively against adversity. The ceiling is still high.
Not just a possibility.
Michigan is the most overrated team in the country....
This thread is better than the one started by Mr. Yost.
Because there are a bunch young players on the o-line? Okay.
You might be the only sane person in this place. People like you give me hope.
I'm usually pretty rational when it comes to this stuff, but the offensive line has regressed year after year. I understand that the line is young, but these guys aren't true freshman. I don't obviously think Funk should be fired tonight, but at some point there needs to be accountability. Our O-Line has more talent than half of the FBS, yet they play like an FCS team.
You are talking out of both sides of your mouth here bro. You are correct, they aren't true freshman... they are redshirt freshman.
Give it time. You can't judge Funk this year with a lot of precision.
Take a look at what Coach Frey did with two true freshmen 3 star guys at Indiana last year. If Coach Funk's name was Gibson, would we really be giving him a four year pass? If you cannot judge a coach by how his players play under him, why does anyone ever get hired or fired? Why do coaches move up the ranks, or get demoted? Hoke's a great recruiter, great for the program, love Coach Mattison, but I cannot see how someone can rationally defend the work Funk has done with the OL over the past two and a half years (and would suggest that we really need four or more years to really find out whether he can teach linemen how to pull).
OL recruiting is probably the most uncertain out of all positions.
Funk's been behind the 8 ball probably more than any other coach. He just got lucky he had a healthy David Molk.
I'm hoping they shake up the line and it works, I'm not sure what else the guy can do.
That's not talking out of both sides of my mouth. My point was that they're not true freshman - these guys have been in the system now for 2 years, so inexperience shouldn't be the excuse. And don't call me bro, bro.
Bro, they are freshman experience wise. Redshirting does not give you experience, bro.