Maize uniforms. We need to spice things up! /s
i refuse to even consider this a possibility
Maize uniforms. We need to spice things up! /s
Has a mascot been discussed? I feel like our team is down a bit, and who doesn't like mascot hyjinks? Could be a really good pick me up.
I also feel like this website (link) should get a facelift. It seems too utilitarian. Needs a bit more pizzazz.
Because as people, I like them.
But they need to take some summer classes or something and become better coaches.
or was it a result of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Nagota, and the rest. It looked like Ray frequently changed the D while on the field especially against Peyton Manning.
While Borges deserves lots of the blame, we would still be 8-1 (worst 8-1team in the country, but 8-1 never the less) if Mattison and the D came up with stops against PSU and Nebraska on their last drives. We came back in the second half of the PSU game by pressuring the freshman QB then stopped and allowed them to march down the field by playing "prevent the win" D. Pretty much the same against Nebraska giving 8+ yard cushion on fourth and 2 and having the same freshman DB victimized in both games.
was Nebraska's lowest point total of the season. I would have tought holding them to 17 would have given us a 2 touchdown victory - since their defense hasn't stopped ANYONE.
Especially since we were +2 in turnover margin.
Against PSU, we had not one, but 2 mis-timed jumps on the last drive thats could have ended the game. When you consider how many 3 and outs the offesnse has had, the defense has stood up quite well. I'm not saying they're great, but considering how young they are, its crazy to expect much more than they have given us so far. I know the blitzing (or lack there of) has frustrated some people, but remember, we dont have kovacs back there to keep us safe. Blitzing puts a lot of pressure on the safties to be sound. Once we have some experience I would be expecting more agressiveness on D.
The offense's best weapon was Ameer Abdullah, who nudged over 100 yards and averaged 3.9 yards/carry on Saturday. That's not totally shutting him down, but that's a pretty good job. If Michigan could have done anything offensively to put Nebraska in poor field position or force them to air it out, things might have been different.
Never, ever line up in Pro I again.
Never put Devin under center again.
3 receivers at all times.
Get Rawls some carries.
Fire Al Borges.
one of Peyton Manning's early games with the Colts, and back then they had a decent running game with James or Dickerson, but in this game they threw something like 26 straight passes. Not a single running play until just before halftime.
Yeah, that would be something no one was looking for ...
4 wide at times would help so you can get Gallon, Chesson, Funchess, and Dileo on the field all at the same time. Definitely throw more on first down and throw more period with a lot more quick passes.
Get Bryant back in the starting lineup and work with him. He appears much stronger than the others.
Promote Stenavich to interim O-Line coach (can only get better than what we have now) and hire Ron English to help with the defense.
Bryant can't be out there if we're not going to line up under center and run power.
IMO, Bryant should probably transfer while Michigan runs spread for the rest of 2013 and 2014. He's just not a good fit for what Michigan SHOULD do.
But since Hoke/Borges are so dead-set on running power, I hope he sticks around.
Any idea why Bryant isn't out theremore often then? IS he hurt?
Supposedly, yes, he got hurt in the Penn State game. Regardless, with all the shotgun snaps/running we're doing - which is more than at the beginning of the year - he's no longer the best fit for Michigan's offense. If they put him in when Michigan is under center and then take him out in shotgun, well...that would be unorthodox and probably counterproductive.
Wins instead of losses
I'd like it to be 2015, with minimal attrition. Maybe Tyrone Wheatley as the RB coach. Other than that, good luck.
Since we barely use QWash on D anymore, would anyone object to moving him back to Oline?
Because he has a lingering injury going on with his back (I believe). So moving him to OL is probably not realistic even beyond not being realistic to begin with.
I know I am reaching, but in my defense there is not much else to reach for
Was more or less trying to explain why Q Wash hasn't been on the field more.
Run the annexation of Puerto Rico. If that doesn't work make the drink version instead
2 oz Malibu coconut Rum
2 oz lemonade
6 oz Ocean Spray cranberry juice
1) Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
2) Strain into glass
MAKE IN HIGHBALL GLASS
The annexation of Puerto Rico just brought back so many memories. Thank you!
Stop being so damn predictable. I don't know remotely enough about the X's and O's of football to say exactly what plays Michigan should be calling, but when it's blatantly obvious that something isn't working, why the hell do you keep trying to do it?
When your own opponents call you out and say that they know exactly what you're going to do before you even snap the ball, you know you've got a big problem with your play-calling.
I think we need to put some horses out on the field. No, not a euphamism, literal horses. At the very least, it'll give us an edge in the Iowa game.
Full disclosure: I'm not as football-savvy as many people here, so these are just casual observations (that I am sure I share with others).
Is there any way to get future opponents to agree to not make us play on offense? Maybe we can just switch back and forth between defense and special teams.
Complete change of culture. Enough of the this is Michigan fergodssake crap, talking about what Bo would have done incessently, insisting upon a specific style of play when it's not working for you just because it's the way things have been done.
Watching how beautifully executed the 2007 Capital One Game against Florida was makes me wince in pain at how much was wasted over the years had we opened up our offense. Mike Hart running out of shotgun wtf?
Shut up, line up and win. Let the current results on the field do the talking.
That game was awesome and infuriating. What could have been...
pass on first down.
pass on second down.
pass on third down.
Don't run for at least the entire first half, just pass every play. And not deep drop slow to develop plays either. Quick outs, screens, and short passes. If we pick up 5-10 yards every play, then perfect. Once the opposing D has finally backed way out of the box to respect the pass, then and only then do you start running the ball. & even then, no more than one run for every three plays. If the D starts stacking the box again, then go back to all passes all the time.
Admit that running the ball is not a strength and commit to passing. Oregon State has almost completely given up running the ball and everyone knows it. Michigan should pass more run less.
PSD's cut in half.
Face value of every ticket back to $50.
No Dave Brandon on the jumbo tron every game.
Big Ten Titles.
Those are my changes.
and this goes along with the tendencies point that has been beaten to death, but it feels like the coaching staff limits the skill position players to a role that becomes very predictable. AJ Williams is a great example of this. When he is in the game, he is going to be blocking. It doesn't necessarily mean it's a run play, but his job is to block. Imagine the shock and awe from the defense if we ran a throw-back TE screen to AJ Williams. Just sending him out in a route would be a start. This offensive coaching staff doesn't force the defense to defend the entire field or even every offensive skill player. This allows them to cheat to our tendencies and makes it much easier for the defenses we play. We simply do not sufficiently stress the defenses that we play. Having said this, the pass to the fullback on Saturday was a great example of using an offensive skill position player in a way he isn't usually used and it had great success (at least the first time). We need much, much more of this.
No one expects Williams to run routes. When it's short yardage do a fake run play. Have him chip block then take off. Or do the sweep we did with Gallon and have him pass to Williams. Also, back when Griese was QB they use to fake a stretch play and have Griese bootleg the other way hitting the WR down field on a deep crossing route. Worked everytime. Borges play book is so bland.
And I'm almost certain that this was eventually going to be a part of tackle over if the blocking up front gelled and the run game did anything positive. There were a couple times they did the full roll with a lead block from the RB. It's actually the exact same play as the RB throw back. The backside TE hinge blocks, "whiffs" and then gets lead blockers in front of him. Just think the stuff around it never developed enough to run.
Start Derrick Green
Fire Al Borges
but Adrian Peterson couldn't average 3 ypc with this line. So don't hold your breathe on that improving things.
Green is not a better back than Toussaint right now. They're starting the right guy.
Not saying it is all his fault, but he can't block and he can't run. Maybe he's a better reciever?
He's better at everything. Don't let your frustration with the team fool you.
He's better at everything. Don't let your frustration with the team fool you.
EDIT: So nice I had to say it twice.
I know that goes against all the max protect stuff that we think we need. But to me a 5 wide set with some quick hitters is as good as, or better than max protect.
When we go max protect with 2-3 guys running routes, that was just begging MSU & Nebraska to bring more players at the QB.
Some of the really terrible blockers are our TEs, and running backs right? So swap out AJ williams with Butt, or out wide with Chesson. Have Funchess, Gallon, & Dileo out wide. Let Toussaint run flat routes instead of doing nothing in the backfield. Or swap him out for a Butt, or any WR left on the roster.
This would require our O-line to keep the pocket clean for 1.5-3 secs instead of 3-5.
Once you get the LBs heading away from the LOS hit them with draws, etc.
if we aren't going to block anyone anyway...
8 guys against 4-6 is just as effective as our 5 guys against a 4 man rush. We might as well have more targets right?
I promoted this idea on TTB, too. Michigan needs to go five-wide and spread the field rather than packing everything in tight. Even in their shotgun "spread" formations, they have at least one receiver tight to the line.
Borges visited with San Francisco's staff last offseason. This year I hope he visits Washington State (unless, of course, he gets fired, in which case I don't care where he visits).
"or any WR left on the roster."
I think this might be a clue why this hasn't been tried.
Jones (Who has his RS burned)
Hell throw out some DBS and have them run fly routes. I don't care. There are options available.
Every snap should be from either 5 wide or 4 wide, and I mean WIDE, not "oh look that slot receiver is standing where a tight end usually is."
At this point, a 2 yard pass to the slot is just as good as one of our futile runs.
Defenses have the formula now, courtesy of Narduzi. 8 in the box and blitz like hell. There's only one counter to that if you have no OLine. It's like the rebels finding the Death Star ventilator shaft. "They came... from... the A-Gap..."
If we can spread them out and get defenses out of kill mode, then we can work some RB and QB draws into the mix, even some Veer or something. Borges' read option plays are the ones you run in high school, he has none of the advanced counters that you would see RR bring out. We have nothing to counter a simple scrape from the defense, and it shows.
We need something extreme to get it so when we do run it's against 6 or 7 guys, not 8 or 9.
Dynamic ticket pricing that goes in both directions.
Results-based dynamic pricing.
1. Older, stronger and more experienced players, especially those type of guys developing cohesion on the OL.
2. A QB who is level headed and doesn't get too up it down and doesn't panic.
I am not sure that three or four wide with short passes would work the way you think. Spreading the D out like that can help an O-Line if the QB can read and execute quickly. That, however, is just not Devin's strongsuit. I think asking him to read and throw on the quick would equal interceptions.
I would like to see Kerrige used more as a pass blocker. Maybe start him and Fitz in the bakfield in the shotgun formation. Kerrige satys in and blocks. Fitz runs a wheel route or other checkdown.
They need to forget about under-center or anything that causes Devin to turrn his back to the play.
I do think that the only real solution is the passage of time.
1. Joe Kerridge as the protector for Gardner in obvious pass situations. We already tip every play, might as well get some use out of it. And there is no way he can be worse than Toussaint at blitz pickup and blocking DEs
2. Enough of the stacks with the mesh routes. They are so obvious and telegraphed that two people are checking Gallon on them (usually leaving the opposite mesh open, but I digress).
I don't actuallly know how Kerridge would be at pass protection, and as far as it goes the idea of using him as a third-down back might have merit, if he's good at it and especially if he also has half-decent hands.
But "there is no way he can be worse" hasn't been much of an argument so far this year, has it? If you haven't been to practice there's no way you could know, and surely by now we must all have learned that there's always a way it could be worse.
1. Every play should be out of shotgun formation
2. 4 WR on most plays whether it is a run or pass. Never go below 3 WR formation.
3. Funchess permant move to WR
4. Many, many, many, many more quick strike pass plays
5. Use the option the way it is supposed to be used - i.e.,no more blocking optioned players.
Id love to see other running backs get a chance. Even if it's not Derrick Green, what happened to Rawls and Hayes?
They're not as good. There's really no point in giving them reps. I would not be surprised if one or both transfer after this year.
punt on first down.
let the defense take it from there.
also, be willing to play 10 guys on offense, so we can field 12 with the defense*.
* little known part of the rulebook makes this a-ok.
There is a reason why max protect can work, in theory. MSU used it to great success against Michigan a couple of years ago, despite having an objectively terrible line. You handicap the number of WRs runnning routes, but it may at least buy you more time for your QB to make a throw.
However, max protect means nothing if the blitzes are still easily finding their way to the QB, because of blown assignments.
Simple change, hmmmmmmmmm.
Fire Hoke at the end of the year and give Art Briles a blank check. Pay Mattison to stick around.
Word is Briles has several connections in Texas (being a very respected former HS coach) and that he would stay at Baylor, or at worse wouldn't leave Texas. I think while his style would have great success here, he knows he can continue to pull top flight talent in Texas and keep them close to home. I cian't see him ever leaving that state. Also, Mattison only returned to UM because of Hoke (or so he says) but given his age and loyalty to Brady, I see no chance of him staying if they canned his friend.
Honestly, unless the coaches have just given up and see no chance at further progression, I would like to see them change back to the line we started with to start the season. Maybe they think that Miller has hit his ceiling and they would rather develop the young guys for the future, but as bad as the Glasgow, Miller, Kalis line was to start, it has become much worse, not better since they made the multiple changes week after week. Maybe I am crazy, and I didn't think the interior line could become worse than the beginning of the year, but Funk and Co proved me wrong.
If Fitz is in on a pass play, no point in keeping him in to block, so send him out to flat and maybe he takes someone with him.
I told my TV exactly this several times on Saturday to no avail.
Go back to the OL that started the season and back to the stretch, because even though it only occasionaly worked, it still seemed like it was improving somewhat as the season went on. That and getting Green more carries is all I'd like to see on O.
Defense? FUCKING BLITZ. PRESS. Moar Taco.
The one thing I'd love to see is a shift away from the idea that Michigan is going to establish a certain identity in every game. It seems like the coaches have a serious inferiority complex going on, talking so much about "being tough" and "being physical". Well, duh, but how about you put it aside, since it's not working, and you use the tools you do have -- an above-average (trending to average, but still) passing game and some serious athletes at QB and in the receiving corps -- to show you're tough where it matters....on the scoreboard. The lockstep ideology has worn me out to the point where I won't even watch live.
What the OP said!