We're only two games in, but I think we can put aside our worries that this offense would be predictable and run-heavy. We're probably also starting to understand that we need to stock up on WRs, based on the first two games and the nicks and bruises they've gotten. Oh, we can also disregard the "RR doesn't use TEs in his offense." too...
Run Heavy Spread
So I am looking through the box score. Brandon Minor ran for 106 yards. That may qualify as the least noticed 100-yard rushing day for a Michigan running back in a long long time. If that's the case, Michigan has some serious options going forward. Huzzah.
Yea, I didn't realize he hit 100 until I saw it in the stats on ESPN. Although, in hindsight, I am not surprised considering the 16 and 34 yard runs he ripped off to start the half.
I am worried that we do not have any Minor-like power backs ready for next year. Someone, smack me and convince me I have nothing to worry about.
smacked. (I wouldn't have given this comment a -1 for any other reason)
We will use Martin to carry the ball in short yardage situations when power is needed...see arm at left
i don't neccessarily think we need to rely on a power back, rather we need another RB who can prove he has the vision of a Brandon Minor. Minor takes small holes and makes them look large, partially just because he knows when to cut it up the field.
I thought we called too many pass plays on Saturday. Forcier threw it 33 times, got sacked once, and scrambled a few times, so there must have been about 38 pass plays. Meanwhile, Minor and Brown only carried the ball a total of 20 times.
Our offense definitely has some predictable elements, such as when Denard is in the game...
I am wishfully thinking that RR and DR have been meeting in secret going over the passing element of his game that will be revealed against MSU. Please, lets see it sometime.
On a side not, I am pleasantly surprised at how open at least one receiver is on every play. The scheming in the offense is great!
I'm hoping he passes the ball against EMU and Indiana so he can get a feel for it. I don't want his fifth pass of the season (aka his first in three weeks) to be against a solid opponent.
If Michigan gets a good lead, I'm hoping they let Denard run the entire offense for the second half or the fourth quarter. He needs to be prepared in case Forcier gets hurt.
Is it still too much?
the run/pass yardage split i think suggests that we could have run more.
If anything I thought we should have been running the ball more in the game Saturday. I was wondering if Minor was still hurting a bit or something.
He wouldn't have played if the game was against Eastern. That's what makes his 100+ yards amazing.
The offense was much more effective when Minor was running the ball. He seems to have far superior vision than Brown does. But it seems that Brown is a superior pass catcher.
Minor was also a SICK pass rusher, who enabled Forcier to throw the winning TD. Talk about intangibles!
Except that it should be termed "in pass protection"