landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Our line Devin needs to get the ball out quicker. But who knows what's going to happen.
I agree. He seems to be locking onto Gallon maybe a bit. Not sure why they're not trying to utilize Dileo on shorter middle crossing patterns. He might not be a burner, but the dude is a stud. And I don't know if Funches is going through a bit of a sophomore slump but its disappointing to me he hasn't been more
Involved. I am eager to see the changes that come in the bye week. Definitely see some changes coming in the offensive line. Gardner is a beast, and is going through a funk. But he will bounce back sooner than later. More worried about the Oline than him.
His decision making is not good at this point - that and the porous OL are the reasons behind our turnovers and closer than needed games the last two weeks.
Devin is a slacker when carrying the ball. I say take the 98 jersey away till he deserves it.
Good idea, coach. Let's do whatever we can to further shatter whatever sense of confidence he has left. I'm sure that will help us win ballgames. It's not like he is visibly shaken on the sidelines already. We should probably completely paralyze him with fear of making a mistake.
I'm not sure what post number #1 was, but I can imagine it was just as shitty as this one.
Pullng the #98 jersey doesnt go far enough IMO to punish him for having a game not up to MY standards. I say rip the wings off his helmet and make him play without them for a game or two....that'll show him!
And besides...it worked SO well in the past.
What will make Devin think....taking the Legend Jesey away or if he continues with turnovers should we throw Shane in and how long before we start looking for another Offense coordinator.
I mean, it's probably the worst one I've ever heard... but in a technical sense it IS an idea.
You waited two years to make that comment?
I've always found it ironic that some (all?) of the very people who call out football players for being "lazy" and being "slackers" are likely themselves slacking off from doing work by visiting mgoblog.
Actually his decision making on his turnovers this week were fine - his accuracy was just off. For what it's worth, it was pretty windy at the game and that may have affected his deep throws to Chesson.
His fumble is hard to blame on him - he got sandwiched between his own O-line and fullback.
He was tentative, though, and that put him in bad situations. I think it was just a function of him playing without confidence last weekend. Hopefully he gets past that quickly.
He has to do a better job squeezing the ball and fitting in a gap quicker. On a sneak you can't hesitate while picking your gap, he needed to find his gap immediately and stick it in there. But the ball should never be loose on a sneak, the whole defense is trying to swat it out, he's got to do a better job there.
The fumbles ARE his fault. Sorry man. It's big boy football and when you tote the rock, you should NEVER drop it. Running with it in one hand half the time is a BAD habit that has to stop. I like DG tho. Hope he gets his head back on straight before big ten starts.
The scheme isn't killing us. It's a combination of bad luck, bad form, and bad decision making. Keep in mind that both of Gardner's picks could have been caught. The first would have been hard, but the second was a well thrown ball and our receiver was simply outworked for it. The butt fumble really sucked though, and Gardner needs to be way more careful with the football. Nothing you can do about the bad bounces like that punt return except teach the kids to run like hell when the returner calls them off.
The return team seems far too casual. The punt was a result of someone not realizing there was no reason for him to be where he was and every reason for him to be at least ten yards from where he was. He has to be in front of the return man, not behind him and, as many have noted, not anywhere inside the ten yard line. What really scared me was Norfleet on the kickoffs. There was one time where he had decided not to return the kickoff, let it sail over his head into the endzone and just trotted away. Meanwhile, the ball almost stayed in the endzone (just barely after an agonizing delay trickled beyond the end line) and was a live ball that Connecticut could have fallen on for a touchdown. That's a live ball, and we cannot just have our returners "assume" that it will make it through the end zone.
If it bounces anywhere in the end zone, it's a dead ball.
1. In Wikipedia, it says: "If the kicking team recovers its own kickoff in the end zone in any version of the game (something that, as previously mentioned, is impossible in high school football), it scores a touchdown." It also notes that in high school football, as soon as the kick enters the end zone, it is a dead ball.
2. In Football for Dummies, it says: "A member of the kicking team can recover the ball in the end zone and be awarded a touchdown."
It was always my understanding in college and professional football that a kickoff was live unless and until the ball went out of bounds (either on the sideline or the end line of the end zone) and that the kickoffs I mentioned were live until the ball went out the back of the end zone.
Examples of instances where a touchback would be awarded include when:
A kickoff or punt touches the ground in the receiving team's end zone before being touched by a player of the receiving team.
"When a free kick untouched by Team B [i.e., the receiving team] touches the ground on or behind Team B's goal line, the ball becomes dead and belongs to Team B."
The whistle is blown the instant the ball hits the ground.
Happy to be shown wrong.
I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the ball is dead if not touched by the receiving team in the end zone. BUT....you are more than welcome to continue criticizing the returner for not following your own set of personal kickoff rules.
our we lose...
In fairness, I think the OP meant that he thinks the NW, Neb., and OSU games will be offensive shootouts in which Michigan will need to score a lot of points to win, whereas in the other games Michigan probably won't need a ton of offense to come out on top.
When he was struggling we did go to quick slants,he just missed the throw. Borges also called a screen that was blown up. Borges attempted to stick with run game but with no threat of pass the box was stacked. The play calling is fine, it's the execution that is lacking.
I would +1 this, then sign into my other 4 accounts I use to put all my posts up to +5 to plus this post more...
Whoops, I mean, +1
Al was trying everything he could think of to get the offense going. Just as you pointed out, he tried screens and slants; these should have been easy completions. I recall one slant where he threw the ball about 5 yards behind Gallon?
I really don't think things are overly complicated as it stands. Devin is not focused right now .....period. There are many instances where players other than Jeremy Gallon are open and he just doesn't get them the ball. Most of his shorter throws vs. Uconn were inaccurate too, and the oline isn't helping things either.
Moving forward I would like to see:
- More two TE sets
- Funchess occasionaly lined up at WR
- More Norfleet
- try HB Counters
- run/pass option rollout
- a few 5 WR sets
- Touissant rush forward for no gain instead of moving laterally for -2 yds.
- A few delay routes for the HB
- an offensive line
kind of flexibility is predicated on an effective run game though. I kind of think the OP is right. My problem with the offense is that it has a transient theme, it seems that we come out in varied, inconsistent formations on every down. Not that you don't want to mix up your offensive play calling, but I think you want a consistent, repeated "base" look that fall back to and rely on. In my opinion, one of the biggest problems with the running game is that we have not forced our guys to make it work. We have a couple of unsuccesful attempts and then quickly go to like a jet sweep or option to try to generate a ground game, and I think it disrupts the flow of the offense to a certain degree. Our defense is not going to break often, at least not against Minnesota. I think it is actually time to play, wait for it, MANBALL and really stick with for a while. That likely means taking a couple of three and outs on the chin in order to really try to establish it. I would go from the i, I would run Fitz or god forbid Green, (wait I know, he is a freshman and we all know that freshman can never ever succeed or possible have any positive effect on a college game /s) behind a full back over Lewan and the left portion of the line. I would do it, and do it, and do it (I see you LL) until it works. We have to get that going, simple as that.
Mike deBord, welcome to MGoBlog!
Schematically, or as far as making things easy for Gardner, the formations are not the problem. Michigan runs the same plays regardless of formations, there are just small tweeks to the plays to adjust to the different look, but everything remains consistent for Gardner and for the most part for the OL (the only real change will come from how the D front changes).
You could argue that maybe Michigan should run less 2 TE formations, as without Williams, you are putting two inexperienced blockers on the field to block (Williams played, but was still somewhat limited it seemed). But formation as far as simplifying things for the offense isn't really an issue.
Less snark, more substantive: man ball up the gut running worked out well against Akron, but only after Akron sold out to stop the outside zone.
Conversely, against UConn's (and ND's) stronger interior defense, outside zone running was the most successful. In other words, our variety has been a net positive. We're not good enough to be one dimensional.
All of that kind of flexibility is predicated on an effective run game though.
One minor quibble, all of that is predicated on an effective run game that forces the defense to sell out on the run. If defenses are lining up 8 and 9 in the box right off the bat, then that other stuff can be effective, even if your running game isn't producing. The end result is the same whether your effective running game forced extra defenders in to stop the run, or if that's the way defenses are game planning against you: you have less defenders to stop the other stuff.
is going to be turnover prone for the rest of his career. He is going to be exceptional to watch at times, and other times he is going to be wildly erratic and prone to mental lapses with the football. We have enough of a sample size of Gardner at this point to know that is going to be his MO. I agree with the OP to the extent that the more the ball is put in his hands with discretion, the more extremely frightening variables are going to come into play. What I am saying is that I don't think this team has a choice but to absolutely ensure and prove that we can run the ball straight at you and at least play you head up at the line of scrimmage. Off left tackle. It has to be done. Our offense cannot survive if it can't be done. If I were coaching this team, I would tell the offensive line we are running down your back. If you can't make that happen than you got problems and you are going to have to get them figured out. Those are young guys but they are damn talented guys, and were not recruiting to get pushed into the backfield 3 yards on every play. Whatever the defense is running, we need to go at them at the core and now back away from it because we get stopped on a couple of ocassions. Our offense is being too reactionary and not telling teams were doing it regardless of what you do. I am not one of your old school guys about offense that say 3 yards and a cloud of dust is the way you play football, but jokes aside, with the lack of really explosive deep receivers, if we cannot play "Manball" and control the interior line of scrimmage I don't know if there is much can be done right now.
Until Gardner finds his mojo again, I agree we should be keeping it simple and straightforward for him as much as possible. Long term, he's way too explosive to keep limited, and we're just not that good else where to be able to dictate our will, especially against better defenses. One of the interior guys is a damn talented recruit, the others are a walk-on and a fairly middling 3*. We have a pretty good sample size of what happens when defenses are able to key up our tendencies and just stack the box to stop the run. Being one dimensional and predictable is the last thing this offense needs. We don't need trickeration necessarily, but we do have to be multiple enough to get the OL into advantagous RPS+ situations, or at least keep LBs from screaming for the LOS every snap, for them to have a chance.
In response to ijohnb: your opening sentence stating "Gardner is going to be turnover prone for the rest of his career." may be the most ridiculous statement of many I have seen posted. I was able to personally witness the transformation of Vince Young from "dear God, why are the coaches playing him" to "dear God, thank you for Vince Young" to "dear God, what happened to Vince Young". You have no idea what can happen. The same people who were hoping Vince Young would never see the field again when he was in his first year of starting are the same people who have a #10 Texas jersey hanging in their closet today.
The most ridiculous statement you have ever read. He is nearing the middle of his junior year and he has accounted for 10 turnovers this year. How much career do you think he has left to disprove that statement. Look, don't turn this into me hating on Gardner. That is not what my post said and you know it. One good game against ND does not a Vince Young make. Don't act like he is flawless.
He started half of last year, and four games this year. It's certainly not out of the question that he makes serious improvement between this year and next.
I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't significant improvement in the later half of this season as he moves into his 14th, 15th and more starts.
Gardner has 9 career starts to his name. QB more than any position is about playing time, not age. Gardner has 9-10 starts left this year and 13-14 starts next year ahead of him. That's 22-24 games to prove what he will be remembered for. Look up Johnny Manziel's, Peyton Manning's or any other QB's stats for their first 9 collegiate games and see how Gardner's upside and downside compare.
EDIT: this is in response to ijohnb's response.
And say Gardner's problem isn't that he's "not focused". There are other issues, being focused isn't one of them.
and the second-guessers infesting this board. Shit happens to teams. Every season is not full of dreamscape wins. Losing does actually happen. Nobody is more aware of what to do than the coaching staff and certainly not anyone on this board.
Michigan is 4-0 so no losing has occurred yet. Sure it has been ugly but they have found ways to win.
I am agreeing with you but Michigan has not dropped a game. Fans are always expecting things to be better.
lost me at Bo Pelini was right.
You mean the Nebraska fan uproar over Pellini's comments was misplaced? He was really talking about posters on MGoBlog?
You mean the Nebraska fan uproar over Pellini's comments was misplaced? He was really talking about posters on MGoBlog?
But it's a good illustration why most staff and players feel the same way; they just don't get caught saying it.
I mean, the more proper way to say it is probably Rich's "Get a life" speech, rather than the F-bomb tirade Pelini had.
There has been a ton of talk about Devin's decision making and accuracy issues and about the OL being porous. And most of it is fair, but one of the reasons that Devin seems to be struggling g is his receivers. Sure, the OL is not protecting him for long enough, but the situation is really compounded by the fact that the receivers are really lacking (other than Gallon) which is resulting in Gardner having to force throws and killing his confidence. Sure, some of his throws have been bad, and that needs to improve, but there is a serious problem with receiver talent on this team.
I think the receivers are fine for the most part. Gallon is very good. Dileo is very good at his role. Chesson showed he can get open (needs to do a better job with the ball in the air, but he does initially get open). Both Butt and Funchess looked like better than average to quite good receiving TEs. Gardner just needs to find them. I saw lots of open receivers against UConn that DG just failed to hit when he threw it, or hesitated too long to throw it (a lot of his draws weren't really draws, he just got off his receivers too quickly).
There was one play (I don't remember the exact context) where Gardner rolled out of the pocket and started to run. Right before crossing the line and rather than running for 5+ yards, he decided to throw back across is body to a receiver (Dileo? Gallon?). It was a highly inadvisable throw because it was almost picked off. However, if he insists on making that throw, the second replay showed Jake Butt behind the entire secondary with a guy about 5 yards behind him. Had he thrown anything moderately catchable to him, it was a TD. I still think he should have continued to run, but it was just an example of him not seeing the open receiver and then forcing it to another receiver.
yeah, a throw across the body into the middle of the field is not a smart choice. I'm less concerned about his inability to see the open receiver down field at that point, but you're right, if he doesn't see that open receiver he needs to either just run it or toss the ball out of bounds.
last night and flipping back and forth to the replay of UTL2 showed that getting rid of the ball quickly is a good solution for Devin. In the ND game the team thrived on the speed of play and showed a lot more energy than they have in the past two games. Maybe the no huddle would help as well to accelerate the tempo of the offense.
Something needs to happen with the O-line. We are getting no push on run blocks and no protection on pass downs. If we can't run the ball, the play-action that Borges loves so much are not going to be open. Gardner also needs to stop reversing fields over and over again as he feels pressure, it makes his sacks like -15 yards instead of a loss of five. I was pretty optimistic before the season started that Gardner would have the occasional turnover, like 1/game but it seems like we've went in a worse direction without Denard. At least with Denard we had the QB draw for a running game. Now we don't even have that. I'd love to see some bubble screens to supplement the run game a bit. Hopefully the team can get it done in the bye week. Go Blue!
but I thought the idea behind an aggresive game plan for UCONN was fine. I have been critical of Al in t he past and still have my issues to an extent (not that what I think matters) but if I were the OC for that game my goals would have been: 1) unleash an aggresive attack against a far inferior team to both show the world what we could do and build our QB's confidence back up and 2) try a lot of stuff that we have been working on that I am considering whether to keep or scrap once we get to the B1G schedule.
Again, I'm no guru when it comes to football, but given that we should have blown this team out of the water I don't think there should have been any need to come into this game with a conservative mindset. Once it was evident DG had his confidence blown I would have changed things somewhat (and I think Al did that), but prior to the game I don't think there would be any reason for that.
Looking back at the game I don't think Devin did a whole lot wrong in either of his picks and the fumbled punt was bad luck as well, but given his last game those two INT's that weren't really his fault really gave him fits in the confidence department.
All in all when looking back you could see the defense played pretty well but the big concern has to be the o-line. We played a team that didn't have a sack all year to that point, had very little in the form of tackles for a loss and they were all over DG and FT the whole game. I just don't know what to think about our O-line coach to be honest.
If you look back at the team the first year Hoke arrived he played entirely with guys he never coached and the line did alright. The next year they had to replace a few starters with guys they had been coaching for a year and they were terrible. Now, again they put in three new guys he has been coaching and they have been sub par as well.
Now don't get me wrong, I know they're young, but they guys last year weren't. they were all seniors and they couldn't do anything with them either. Now they have youth that is guru approved and they seem to be having the same issues. My point is maybe it isn't that areplayers are terrible so much as it is the coach just hasn't done a good job of coaching them.
Either way, at this point I can say that I haven't had any issues with Al's play calling, just the execution on the field by the o-line which I am begining to think is more the coaching than the lack of ability on the line. If I'm being perfectly honest, I have had more issues with the defensive play calling so far with our CB's playing in a different area code than the WR's off the snap (Please forgive me GM, hallowed be thy name). I love GM, but I find it hard to believe that a team like Akron can play their guys on the line of scrimmage and we have to stay 10 yards off. Anyway, those are my thoughts on your post and the season so far.
I'm no guru either but the one big difference between the 2011 oline and the oline in 2012 and so far the 2013 version is the center. Molk was a total stud, and last year and so far this year I think it's safe to say the center position has been below average, if not medicore.
We obviously aren't going to get someone of Molk's skill level in there this year but dang, it'd be nice to at least find a center who is adequate is not above average.
I cannot figure out why Michigan is not running any mis-directions, draws or counters. Everything seems to be power runs and the defenses are all waiting for it.
O-Line is really weak right now. This surprises me. I thought we would be more than adequate, but it's a step too slow right now.
UCONN was beating us with a 3-man rush Saturday. That's just unreal.
I really think it's time to shake up the line and get other bodies in there. If for no other reason to send a strong message that performance, or lack thereof, has consequences.
I only seem to recall that happening once. And the way I remembered that play, it was one of those where Devin dropped back didn't get the ball out in rhythm, and then started looking around for another receiver. I don't know if the eighth man dropping into coverage caught him by surpise and took away his read, or what, but even with a 3-man rush you aren't going to have all day to throw. I know the OL had a bad game Saturday but it was very much compounded by the QB holding the ball too long.
The offensive scheme is fine really - it seems to me that they've perhaps even tried to simplify it a little to see if that mitigates some things, but the aggressive plan is not so much the problem. It is execution of the scheme that is problematic - as some minor evidence of that in the running game, for example, almost 20% of the yardage on non-zero rushing plays was negative yardage. That's an execution / technique thing, I would think. It also seems like routes are being mistimed, and throws that should theoretically be there are not sometimes.
is the biggest problem, Miller needs to sit, move Glasgow to center and let either Magnuson or Bryant play left guard...Fitz proved to be a great asset with his ability to get into the end-zone and his good pass blocking...my only knock on Borges is all the stupid play-action and ace sets that make DG turn his back to the play...you cannot do that when the interior o-line is terrible like it has been the last couple of games...DG needs to get nearly every pass play in a shot-gun or pistol set...otherwise Borges will continue to set him up for failure
I disagree with your last point. Gardner's accuracy was off on a lot of the shotgun throws Saturday because he was flat-footed--I think the way to help him with that is give him less to think about. It's easier to have him line up under center, take a five-step drop, and fire--rather than having to catch a pistol or shotgun snap, then look up to get his read, set his feet, and then throw.
According to the numerous experts on here and Mlive, and freep, the biggest problem seems to be Devin and his terrible decision making.
I wish he wouldn't have decided to throw that first ball high to an open Gallon, bad decision there, he was open you probably shouldn't have decided to throw it high off his hands, I also wish he wouldn't have decided to throw that ball to Chesson, I mean every QB that has ever thought "if they're even, they're open" when thier WR has 2-3 inches on the DB covering them has been wrong, I hated when Henne always did that with Braylon, God his decision making sucked a lot, glad that guy graduated, most of all I wish he wouldn't have decided on the sneak, to have big ol' Magnuson get his big ass thrown back into him while Kerridge was coming up behind him to punch the ball out, why did he decide to have Kerridge punch the ball out, I think he should have probably just told him not to do that, think it might have been a decision that worked out better.
Look - against Akron he did make some bad decisions, bad reads, bad throws, and was careless with the football, in the Uconn game if you want to bitch about his execution that is a legitimate discussion but everyone who keeps saying his decsion making was terrible, makes me scratch my head, the ball to Gallon was high, it was early in the game, he had the blood pumping and often with Many Qbs, many Professional Qbs, this happens, it was not a good throw, could've been caught and I think Gallon probably thinks it's a catch he has made before, but the decision to throw the ball was not a bad one. I like the decision to throw to Chesson, that is why so many people have been saying they need these big receivers because when they are even - they are open against the smaller DB's, the same people that have been saying for weeks Chesson never gets the ball thrown to him and we need to get it to him are probably the ones now saying - bad decision to throw to Chesson, on the sneak - yes, the ball needs to be secured but, it was not like he was carelessly stretching out holding it away from his body, Kerridge came up and literally punched the ball out from there, obviously not on purpose but, that is not on Devin, dam near anyone would've lost that ball in that situation, And yes I get extremely nervous with the way Devin holds the ball many times on runs loosely and so far from his body but, to date unless I'm mistaken, that has not turned into a TO, the lost ball against Akron was on an option and with that play you do not tuck when you're hitting the corner deciding in fractions of seconds whether you are going to pitch or not.
All of this to agree that the line is the biggest concern, specifically Miller, he has been terrible and must be replaced or must learn through the bye week to be a center that can block, the snap is important but, the blocking portion is kind of a big deal too. I do not think it would be a bad idea either if they tried a little more to have the identity they say they want to have, not knocking Borges per se but, I think the line might be a little confused, seems like they still want to be a hybrid by choice not by necessity, I know they have not shown they can be a smashmouth power football team consistently or at all but, sometimes you have to believe in what you believe in, tell them they were brought here to be road graders and demand they be that. It is very possible I am wrong but, it seems to me there have been moments, though few and far between, when Borges has decided that it will be power football and the mindset has worked, I could be wrong but maybe they are not that good at it because they do not focus on it enough? I probably am wrong though, sure it is all the fault of Devin's terrible decision making.
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You said everyone would have fumbled on the sneak when the line gets pushed back.
I think only people who hold the ball like Gardner would have fumbled. That fumble is 100% on Gardner. He didn't hold the ball properly, with 2 hands. He also took a sneak 2 gaps over, which was an awful decision.
And the interception that took a bounce off of Gallon's hands was his fault as well. He had an open guy and threw it high. Maybe not decision-making but certainly quarterbacking was the issue.
I've been saying thus is the worst M line I've ever seen, and I warned people this would be worse than last years debacle. But our biggest problem has been Devin. We can't turn the ball over, period. Even with this bad line, we've had enough to trounce the past two teams if not for all the turnovers. Devin gave each of the last two teams 7 points through bad decision making, while the line has only taken potential points away from us.
Exactly! Anyone can make a great game plan. if its not executed properly then there's problems. Its all execution.
Though I think a lot of the timing issues are on Gardner more than the receivers. Gardner's footwork... well, I'll get to that in a post this week.
Don't want to regress to the level of MSU...relying solely on defense to win. That said, using all the tools in the toolbox to keep the opposition off balance is important to not become one-dimensional and continue scoring points. Every fail is captured on film, and digesting that is the key in my mind. I fix production machinery in my job and I like to say "if I can see it fail I can fix it"...apply that to the Team and we can improve our success.
The (-2) yard runs really hurt us, when I see M play 3rd and short it works so much better than 3 & 11/12. Seems like defenses are overloading/blitzing on 3rd & long knowing they can likely get fast easy pressure, collapsing the pocket before the receivers can get open. Obviously a blitz is designed to create an mismatch advantage for the D but slowing it down somewhat would go a long way.
We should avoid, AT ALL COSTS, running the ball up the gut when the defense is stacking the box to stop the run.
Gardner make checks? You would think he would see a stacked box on a run call n change the pay. I have seen make some. It seems life maybe he's limited on that too.
In addition to the hesitation on his reads and throws, and even when and how to take off running, he seemed really reluctant to audible as well when things weren't going well. Maybe that's by design to simplify things for him, or maybe it's lack of confidence to call his own number for a throw.
For the spelling errors.
I had no problem with the playcalling from Saturday. The issue is execution. The line has been bad to the point where it's giving Gardner happyfeet and he's rushing to make quick throws even if there isn't pressure because he's used to running for his life. Kaepernick looked the same against the Colts yesterday.. A bad offensive line can make a good quarterback nervous.
Gardner is getting better. His fumble against Akron was transformed into a good pitch and a touchdown against UConn. His deep ball interception was fine... how many times did Denard throw the ball up like that only to have Gallon or Hemingway come up with the ball? Sure he fumbled on a QB sneak in the 3rd quarter. That was a bad playcall. And how many fumbles do you see like that where the ball squirts out to the edge where there is nobody but a defender around?
Michigan has been on the bad end of every play so far this year. Chesson puts a big hit on a punt returner but the ball bounces in UConn's direction but a ball gets tipped on a throw and it floats 30 feet in the air so a UConn defender can float right under it for a pick.
Turnovers have to stop. You can't keep turning the ball over 3,4,5 times a game and expect to always come back from that.
One positive is that our extremely young team showed some guts in the 2nd half. I thought for sure after the fumbled and they went down 2 scores that they would pack up and get beat. They showed some character and fought back to get to 4-0.
Gardner always seems to carry the ball like a loaf of bread, and he did not have it secured even on the quarterback sneak that led to the fumble and Connecticut TD. Part of the problem was Magnuson getting pushed back into Gardner, but if he was holding the ball properly, he still would not have fumbled (although that play was going to be stuffed no matter what).
Until we can show opposing defenses that we will pass them to death if they stack the box, they will continue to stack the box. I may be wrong, but it seemed to me as if UConn had 8 or 9 in the box all night and almost always had all 11 within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.
to outscore those three teams huh? If we do that I feel there's a good possiblity we'll go 7-5.
Gorgeous Al Borges isn't calling enough touchdown passes. If he called more touchdown passes, we'd score more touchdowns.
Are a genius!
Maybe my drunken haze from the game is causing me to misremember, but isn't what the OP is asking for exactly what Borges started with? He tried the running game; it wasn't working. He started with quick, easy passes for Devin to get his confidence up. Everything was going well until Devin threw the first interception. Then his confidence went out the window, and without a running game to lean on, we ended up with Devin trying to run his way out of trouble on every down.
At some point, we have to stop blaming Borges on every down and realize that right now Devin (and Fitz to a degree) don't trust the offensive line to keep him clean, and he's trying to do too much as a result.
Hopefully the bye week helps to calm him down, and they can get the offensive line playing better.
I see the offensive line struggles with assignment pickups. Whether its blitzes or when the linemen pull its not all there. I'm not discounting the situations when someone just gets beat off the ball, but I do see a ton of miscommunication or some bad read pre snaps as too whom to block ( running backs included). Like unnecessary double teams that causes an unblock defender or a lineman not blocking a D-end on stretch play because he's coached or the plays is designed for him to take out the LB, ultimately leaving this man to destroy the running back. I think it's an experience problem & can be fixed. The talent is there and developing continuity we all know is essential to establishing dominance across the line of scrimmage.
Quit calling "NU" NW, OP.
We can't keep Devin under center with the way this O-line is playing right now. 5-7 step drops and play action require good interior blocking. Miller and to some extent Glascow get blown up every play. Passing from under center requires a pocket which is not happening most of the time. Devin is making some poor decisions but mechanics are being affected by the poor interior line play. Also when we line up under center Akron and U Conn both continued to bring an extra blitzer off the right side which eliminated the play action with a roll out to the right. With a right handed mobile QB this is a big problem if you are going to make PA a staple.
IMO we need to go shotgun or pistol with a quick passing attack. Also we need to take a couple of shots deep more often so the zones are not so compacted. We can still use the same running plays out of these formations. Also I would like to see Bryant or Magnusson/Braden crack the OL. Miller is just not servicable from talent standpoint in my opinion. He doesn't have the strength to hold up yet.
More shorter passes, but more longer passes.
Same runs. (Because our running game has been great).
It sounds like you think shotgun and pistol formations are magic bullets.
you dont get it. my post was not well written. change in formation will help with qb vision and mechanics because the oline can't create a pocket. gun will eliminate need for 5 and 7 stp drops hopefully helping gardner some. if you have ever played football before you would know you can't come up with a whole new running scheme mid season. this ain't ps3. you can hone in on plays that work like the zone read and qb runs which are not under center. also if hoke must have his "power" plays they dont have to be run from under center. basically i think staying in the gun/pistol will help compensate for inept o-line play.
I thought the game plan was too conservative the last 2 weeks. Its like were saving or trying to hide something from the Big Ten. The offense is too predictable.
Obviously when the O Line is playing as bad as it has, not too much is going to work. Teams are quickly figuring out that by putting 8 in the box you make Gardner complete the medium to long range balls to beat you. He is just not that good of a passer. Lets be real here. He is a run first quarterback. Until he gets better as a passer and makes defenses back up, its going to be a long year for him.
The whole offense has been out of sync for 2 weeks. Its time to put everyones job on the line at practice the next 2 weeks and go from there.
I think were gonna have to outscore more teams than that !