Here is your thread to evaluate in-game coaching decisions in general.
The Snowflake Thread: Coaching
Did that last week and PSU immediately scored to take it to OT.
The whole "first" blog thought process is old.
Getting the threads up before there are five or ten that pop up means less mod work and less redundant/unpublished posting. Think they should be up when they are or not, but this isn't like writing FIRST in the comments section on a front page post.
Can't you just have them ready and hit submit when the game actually ends?
We can find a way to make it closer. He's at the game and I didn't even think about it early enough to mention that I'll handle it.
Things can always improve, but LSA isn't sitting around saying, "I'll be so cool if I get these posts up before everyone else can".
I know that LSA has been around long enough not to care about being first or cool.
Just posted that as a reply to part of the first reply. Besides, if he really wanted to be cool he'd just give a bunch of other people pony avatars or give himself a lot of points or something.
These generic snowflake threads sure have taken away much of the Mgoblog post game joy. No creativity at all.
Way better than a million posts from everyone who thinks their opinion needs to be heard by everyone on the board.
This is not something which is approached with the idea of being first, but more because this is a point in the blog's weekly routine which is typically better if it is managed somehow. The Snowflake Rule is meant to be a convienience to both users and the mods. As another user mentioned, we could create them closer to the end, but when exactly to do this is a probabilistic judgment which obviously didn't work out for the PSU game but worked fine for today's game.
Your snowflake is special. Just not special enough for its own thread.
Offensively this game was great for Michigan, even though IU's defense is a complete joke. Hopefully Borges realizes that Gardner is our most importnat offensive weapon, and that shotgun pass plays will open up the run game.
possibly make a generically insipid remark about shotgun passes opening up the run game and expect that a guy who has coached at half a dozen schools and makes huge bucks, who can sit there and talk the fine points of dozens of offensive approaches and plays, hasn't reflected on the nuances of such an idea over and over again during his long career?
And yet we have seen thousands of such mindless remarks here over the past week. There's an extraordinary hubris in this, of a Jacksonian Know-Nothing stripe. . . How do so many nimbuses become self-appointed Guardians of the Higher Truth that Eludes Borges? Now he pitches a near-perfect game after some bad playcalls last week and instead of begging the gods not to crush them for their stoopit, all the savants have still more wisdom for him!
someone with your Philosophy Thesaurus doesn't help either. Have you considered why a coach with so much experience would run a play that has gained nothing over and over again? How about OSU last year giving the game ball to Borges for his pathetic game plan? Maybe our coaching staff, like you, needs to go back to basic thinking instead of trying to impress us all with their bloated intelligence.
Borges is capable when he doesn't get in his own way. Let's not forget how Alabama defeated him before the game was even played. He 'knew' certain plays wouldn't work against Alabama, so he never ran them to test them.
I don't know how anyone can complain about Borges this week, so you're right to rip into the guy you replied to, but it's ridiculous to say we have no grounds for criticizing Borges because he has so much more experience with football than the rest of us. That's just appeal to authority, not an actual argument. Obviously there's a wide range of opinions on football strategy. The huddle is a great example of something it seems any reasonable person can agree is outdated. For all the defense of Borges there was last week, I don't think anyone gave an argument for why we should be huddling and getting to the line with only a few seconds on the clock.
I like the personnel decisions. I think that the best players should definitely play. Borges coached a pretty good game from what I saw. Mattison obviously has some work to do on the defense, but I think if we can manage to have both sides of the ball operating at their full potential, we have a pretty good team.
I'm not trying to exaggerate, but in a lot of ways this feels like Rich Rod. This team is really far away from competing on a national stage.
I disagree. Why do you say they're really far away? There not there this year, but for the millionth time: they're young. We have Stribling and Lewis as true freshmen doing a great job sticking with receivers but are just getting turned around at the last instant or are not strong enough to fight for the ball. We've got Kyle Bosch as our best option at guard apparently as another true freshman and a lot of other great ones in the wings. True Freshman TE playing awesome for a true freshman and a sophomore pass catching freak playing awesome. Green is a true freshman showing signs of why he was recruited so highly when he gets the ball. I don't know what leads you to think we're so far away.
Wow, holy very selective examples batman. I'll counter with: SS-senior, FS-sophomore, CB-junior, CB-junior, CB-senior, LB-junior, LB-junior, LB-sophomore, DE-junior, DE-RS Freshman, DT-senior, DT-senior. And that's just the defense. Most coaches would kill for that much starting experience. And yes, that is representative of the starting defense with a nickel back thrown in for good measure.
Two of the Juniors you list are redshirt sophomores. Which means "starting experience" can't be more than halfway into their second year. So almost half are sophomores or younger. Without even counting primary backups who are almost all younger. Selective indeed.
I agree with you, but realize that if true freshman are our best players we are still a long way off. Granted, the players are either already on the team now or are already committed in future classes. But, we won't be there this year or next. They will still be true sophomores next year and still be young. Then, guys like Peppers wll be replacing guys like Lewis and we'll be playing freshman again. So, in my view we the earliest is 2015 particularly until the '13 class of o-lineman are in year 3. That still seems like a long way away to me when you're waiting for your freshman to be juniors.
This is a second tier team. They will win their games against clearly inferior opponents but cannot hold their own against first tier teams. My concern is this is their last win in the regular season. It seems very unlikely they will be playing on New Year day.
NW is getting killed by injuries, and based on what I just saw Indiana is better offensively. MSU will be a close game, but it could go either way. They certainly won't score a ton of points. There's no reason to think we can't be Nebraska at home or Iowa on the road. OSU at this time is clearly better than us, but the rest of games are toss ups. I could see us winning 3 more games. I could also see us losing 4. But, I don't think it's unlikely to play on New Year's Day. We really only have to win 3/5 games to do that.
What makes you think MSU, NW, Nebraska, Iowa are "first tier teams"? Because today NW lost to Minnesota, and is now 0-3 in the Big ten. MSU lost to ND earlier this year, and oh beat lowly Purdue by the grand score of 14-0 (only 7...SEVEN(!) of those points were from the offense). Nebraska's defense is suspect at best, and Martinez being hampered with injury gives them plenty of question marks on offense. And Iowa is Iowa...potentially solid, particularly defensively, but still not much better than average.
The only team that really concerns me is OSU. And even then...OSU has a very beatable defense. And that's a home game. Michigan won't be favored, but it's a rivalry game that I know Hoke will be prepared for.
In other words, I think it's beyond ridiculous to think that today was their last win of the season.
He called a fantastic game from start to finish. Gotta give credit where credit is due.
You saying that, MGrow, shows a lot of maturity. I doubt many of the others who were really down on Borges last week will be able to admit that.
Thanks Moleskyn. At 54 maturity is something I have an abundance of. Brains and and insight I seem to still need more of.......
I gotta give you props as well. We had a bit of a tiff earlier, but you've proven that we can all learn as we get older. At 62 I still get stubborn.
And concerned (and still might be) and the other kind of guy just throwing a hissy fit and trying to prove himself to be a know it all.
I knew I liked you.
FIRE THIS MAN ASAP
I don't like it when Michigan breaks records in a single game.
"Evaluate the coaching" Like 98% of the people who read this and post have any clue at all about coaching.
Why do people just assume that people here know nothing about football? This is a very intelligent fanbase that includes a lot of coaches and former/current players. This fan base is probably more capable of evaluating coaching than any other in the country.
Have you read this blog the last 5 weeks? The same people who praised Borges as a genius after ND ripped him after PSU (even though we scored 40 points) based on a few plays from the game.
Typical arrogance of people who have never coached a down in their lives. Do you REALLY think there are more coaches that read this blog than ANY OTHER in the country? Hell, the guys running the blog aren't even players or coaches.
Borges was deservedly ripped after PSU. Numerous posts with detailed analysis have made that very clear. Do you disagree with them? If so, please explain why. And yes, I really do think that. I personally know at least 10 coaches who are members on this blog, as well as many former players. You act like D1 coaches are the only ones who know anything about football.
GhostofMrCarson? You really need to change up your writing style buddy. Argumentative hyperbole is easily identified, and it seems you're not clever enough to change that, even though you were clever enough to lose the Ghostof-
If either are really new....
Relax, buddy. It's a college football blog on the internet. Nobody is claiming to be a coaching expert. People just want to discuss what they thought about the coaching decisions.
Relax, buddy. It's a college football blog on the internet. Nobody is claiming to be a coaching expert.
But when you have people here calling for coaches to be fired, aren't they essentially claiming that? I mean, how else could they know that the coach needs to be fired?
That's what bugs me. We don't know what goes on behind the scenes and all the issues that might be facing the team. A guy might not feature in the gameplan one week because he might be battling an injury, for instance. But fans don't know any of that and will just assume the coach is being an idiot for not using the player more.
I have no problem with criticizing coaches, but I draw the line at calling for guys to be fired. All the hatred directed at Borges this past week was embarrassing.
"But when you have people here calling for coaches to be fired, aren't they essentially claiming that? "
Sometimes a performance can be so bad that even a laymen can determine it deserves firing.
In the end - it's performance that matters, regardless of the justifications for failing to perform.
Name more than SC and Magnus.
I'm a fork and spoon operator in sector 7g. But I'm pretty good at NCAA '07. Hoke should learn to hit the square button more often.
Isn't that dive? Doesn't seem to effective
...call plays like Lloyd, can't adapt, Borges should coach women's curling...
Hopefully we can all learn to have patience this week and realize our staff are intelligent football coaches that adapt. Thanks.
I like curling
Borges the women's curling coach hates the free guard zone rule, thinks tap-backs and freezes are "basketball on ice", and usually calls for at least 3 peels every end. He occasionally gets 4 points dropped on him when repeatedly asking his takeout specialist to throw open draws. MANCURLING.
Coaching: do some
should hire you!
We are fine!!!
WERST DEFENSE EVAR!
I just hope, for one thing, we don't completely ignore what the offense did today. Yeah, I know, IU's D is terrible...but come on. 63 points in regulation. Borges deserves some real props today.
And as for Mattison...he'll whip the D in shape to get ready for MSU. He had his players in positions to succeed today. Too many missed tackles...and missed opportunites to get interceptions (though the two they got late were definitely clutch). IU also flat out executed perfectly at times too...sometimes you just get beat. It all added up.
But glad to see them get the win, regardless of how ugly it was.
were nigh-well miraculous. Remove them from the final score and it's probably what we expected. Also, Stribling will be good.
Lots of potential in Stribling. His youth/inexperience was exposed today though.
I agree that playmaking was more of an issue than playcalling. Stribling in particular let up a few big plays.
Give Indiana credit, they played virtually mistake free for long stretches and fit some balls in some really small windows. Also give Mattison credit for several 3 and outs at the beginning to let the offense open a bit of a lead. I think the tempo started wearing our guys down, mentally and physically towards the end, and they had some really lucky plays. There was probably a 21 point swing just on the two picks we almost had. We had two bad busts and then poor tackling a few other times. We need to clean some things up, but I'm fairly confident in the defense still.
but I had the impression a couple of the guys were enjoying it, taking it as a challenge. Once when IU was standing at the line, waiting for the playcall from the sideline, they cut to a closeup of Black (I think) and it looked like he was saying something like "c'mon, snap the ball. let's go."
The turning point seemed to be when they changed QBs in the 2nd quarter. The pocket passer, we had reasonably under control, but Roberson was a nightmare.
Yep, the guy had himself a game. If he didn't whack his thumb, the game could've turned out very differently.
Still not sure about the decision to not onside kick after the flag on the touchdown.
I'm more troubled by the squib kicks. I would love to see a mathlete piece on this, because squibbing seems completely counterproductive to me.
Little chance he will break it for a TD. Give up a little field position vs. the TD from the deep guy.
Was stupid as hell. Gifted hem a old ol, especially when they put in three defenders in the end zone with eight seconds left and two timeouts.
I did a diary on that once before, can't remember when it was. Sugar bowl, maybe?
The conclusion was that you kick onside unless they onside-protect, in which case you squib/pooch over the protection. It was already probably the right play before they started bringing touchbacks out to the 25; I'm almost certain it is now. The only caveat is that we don't have good statistics yet on onside-kick success with the new kick-formation rules.
makes last week's outpouring against Borges look very, very stupid.
Um, why? Because we put up a lot of points against Indiana? What does that have to do with last week?
Because we scored 40!!! last week. And all of the former players and coaches were bitching about the offense on 4 or 5 plays.
Now we have scored 103 in the last 2 weeks. not to mention 41 vs ND. Probably not a coaching problem
the outpouring of vitriol was unjustified by almost any measure.
The case that the coaching is suspect was made quite nicely and logically by Brian and a few others. Then it seemed to become a contest of who could agree most LOUDLY and with the most venom. MGoblog is my favorite hobby, but last week was no fun.
I'm not going to rehash last week. If you can't understand some of the key faults of the playcalling last week, there isn't a whole lot I can do to help you.
as any sane person can recognize. It's whether going insane over it was the right response.
Not just the points, it's how we scored the points. Borges pretty much addressed every concern people had. Too conservative, too many runs, too predictable on first down, too stubborn to adapt to to defenses, etc, etc, etc. I know, I know, "it makes it worse that he didn't do it last game," but the success downfield did have a lot to do with the run plays we did call today. It's just that the run plays worked out better for a variety of reasons.
Also, we broke school records all over the place. We've had some pretty good offenses through the years who played some pretty awful teams, so even with the Indiana caveat, it's still a noteable success.
Then again, those teams of which you speak usually had good defenses which helped create blowouts in those games. That allowed backups to play and precluded major records being broken.
Seriously? Borges called a terrible game last week. Those 40 points came on 19 posessions, which isn't a good ratio at all. This week, he did exactly what we've all been screaming for, and sure enough, it is extremely effective. Your conclusion is what seems "very, very stupid".
that was very, VERY stupid--nay, hysterical, in a way that only men can be and women never come close to. Not criticism. Darwin, a very measured man, who spent years withoholding his case utnil it was perfected--at the risk of going unrecognized at all--would have recognized this instantly. But you sir are no Darwin.
What the fuck? The sexism, the non sequiturs, the misattribution -- it's all too much to know where to begin.
WOW Auburn WINS!
Their blog has tons of former coaches who until this week thought their coaching staff was terrible.
Typical smartass response. There is no way you aren't a college student.
Coaching was solid. I will not fauult Mattison for the D. He is working with what he has, and the Dl just isn't that good.
Will you fault him for not even having the defense lined up on 5-7 plays? If giving up almost 600 yards doesn't deserve fault, what does?
telling them where to go. I am sure he would if he could. MrCarson, what are you qualifications for rating coaching performance? (I know, you could lie because no one knows who you are)
Your reasoning is that he is not out on the field? No shit. He is never on the field. You've just excused every defensive coordinator in the country from criticism.
And you didn't answer my question. If giving up almost 600 yards of offense does not deserve questioning, what does?
Troll hard. What account that was yours got banned? Fess up.
Please explain how I am trolling. 572 yards of offense, and I can't criticize the defensive game plan? So when can I?
Brand new account that is only posting negative thoughts about even the offense when they just rolled up 750+yds of offense. Nope, you seem legit and not just trying to rile up shit.
When IU runs no huddle/hurry up, it isn't up to Mattison. It's up to the leaders on the field. And Jake Ryan wasn't out there much.
Didnt see anyone complaining about I formation on the Fitz TD at the end of the game.
All these coaches on here complain when stuff doesn't work. But when it does work, no one says...ummm sorry, I guess you do spend your WHOLE LIFE working at this while I spend 3 hours on a Saturday complaining about it.
Because they were worn down. The run was more effective out of the spread today. Plain and simple. STFU
I gotta say borges called a good game. I know IU has crap defense but even if UM scored 30 total points he called a very good game.
I'm sure for OSU he will go back to "up the gut" for 1st and 2nd down no matter what manball do or die
The problem is that almost nothing in this game will carry forward to the MSU game. Indiana stinks, and we can't really evaluate how good the revamped OL is for that reason. Max-protect 2-man routes aren't going to fly well against Sparty's secondary, and the running game will be flummoxed to a much larger degree.
This game was kind of a one-off relative to most of the remaining schedule. The offense was fantastic in that one-off, but it still has much to prove.
Of course, the same can be said for the defense, the other way around.
Good thing we have a bye to game plan specifically for Sparty.
Rich Rod: puts up record yardage against poor old Delaware State.
Al: puts up record yardage against big ten competition.
today our d wasn't good enough that we could sit our starters the whole second half.
I remember a few in the Rich Rod days, despite his being an "offensive genius." It's important not to overstate the value of those bad days. Conversely, Borges is not suddenly the Second Coming of Everything Holy because we obliterated IU. That said, I feel a lot better about him today than I did yesterday, and think he called one hell of a game.So hats off to Gorgeous Al.
It's also important to note that obliterating IU at the line of scrimmage is a significant improvement on every OL performance since CMU. Akron and UCONN blew us up and today we had a lot of push.
I'd be curious to know if anyone can give a good answer for our sudden and significant OL improvement--other than "it's IU," since as mentioned above, "it's Akron/UCONN" was not sufficient grounds for a good performance from our OL.
We gave them seven points on the fumble. The defense gave up 40 points. I saw a lot of pregame predictions that had Indiana scoring in the 40's. They have a great offesne. I was in teh Big House, unfortuanately, when Florida State came in and put up 50+ on Bo, we lost, and I was pissed. Today we gave up 47, but we won, and I am happy. The defense probably won't be challenged like this the rest of the year, and I hope this was a learning expereince for them.
Bo gave up 40 to Missouri his first year and never gave up 40 or more again.
Their defense did return two interceptions for touchdowns. One of them was probably the second ugliest play I've ever seen (although it was on fourth down late in the game and pretty much Michigan's last chance).
I really like what I have seen from Channing Stribling and Jourdan Lewis. They have been right there with the receivers. Since they are just now getting game experience, it will take a few games for them to adjust and play in games like they do in practices. When they get the jitters out and start to play with confidence and swagger, we could have a huge leap in corner play within this season.
You have to give credit where credit is due. Borges called a great game.. Almost as if he knew he had something to prove. Couldn't be more pleased with him.
Mattison had a bear of a task on his plate this week. Sure his defense gave up ALL OF THE POINTS, but his guys stood up after that fumble on the 2 and got another TO to seal the game. They made plays to end it. Gotta love that.
My favorite play was the out route to Funchess to move the chains. I would have bet Borges would have run it up two scores to kill IU's last time out but that play put the fire out on the night.
This game goes down as an RPS +1 for me. Sure, we had the best offensive output in the history of our illustrious program, but there were at least 6 plays out of the I formation that went for loss. Oh, and no bubbles.
- the 70-yarder to Gallon
- the 27-yarder to Toussaint
- the 21-yarder to Gallon
- the 50-yarder to Gallon
- the other 70-yarder to Gallon
- the 33-yarder to Gallon
- the 26-yarder to Gallon
- the 28-yarder to Funchess
- Toussaint's 27-yard run
we hardly had any yards at all.
I mean, you've got to be able to put a drive together, right? You can't just win on big plays.
Besides, there was that three-and-out in the third quarter. That was awful.
With that many big plays how can you call that Flukish? One or two maybe but after that it's no longer a fluke!
...that you couldn't recognize that post as ironic.
Gotcha, LoL I was hoping so but wasn't 100% .. Well done then !!!
Neither. I'm cluelistic
and don't always run on first and second down, then I think we can finish with 3 or more wins. I just don't see a dominate team in the B1G. We can beat anyone but we can also lose to anyone! At least we are going bowling!
opponents to play to our level. No easy wins from here on, but I like our chances against favored teams ie Ohio.
Let's not pretend last week didn't happen just because Blue scored points against Indiana. I likes the play calling this game, but almost any play calls g would have been sufficient today
Mattison put players in positions to succeed. you can argue they're freshman and that's not a position in which they can succeed, but I beg to differ. At points this year they've proven they can. Execution was an issue as you'd expect sometimes. They coach them and they'll improve. these guys know what they're doing
There did seem to be many cases where M was unable to handle IU's tempo. That strikes me as a coaching issue - though maybe a high level one in that it sounds like we rear elf practice at a high tempo and our offense is pretty plodding in terms of lining up for the play.
Otherwise I'd agree re: players being in position to succeed.
Wow, autocorrect. "Rarely", not "rear elf".
Dammit why did you post the follow-up? I had tears in my eyes from laughing at your original trying to imagine exactly what a "rear elf" would do and where he would line up in practice.
Post of the year candidate IMO. Too bad most won't see it cause it's buried inside a 100+ post thread.
I may start a Rear Elf thread or web site.
Great to see the offense operating like it did today. It seemed like they put the players in the best position to win. Letting your guys do what they do best is good coaching.
The one thing that made no sense to me was handing the ball off on UM's last possession. IU had no timeouts and the first down snap was taken with less than 2:00 on the clock. At 40 seconds per play, all UM has to do is take a knee three times and it's over. By handing off, you introduce the possibility of a fumble or some other disaster. Also, by scoring you give IU the ball down 16. Given how quickly they were able to move the ball, it's not totally out of the question that they could have gone TD (2pt), onside, TD (2pt) and tied it. Obviously the probability of either of those things happening is tiny, but why introduce the risk? Just take the knees and get out of there with a 9 point win.
He called a great game. He also called a different game than he did last week. The run pass ratio was much more even out of the I. They ran frequently from the spread and used three receivers. Again, he called a great game. The best in M history yardage wise, and it needed to be. I think it's fair to say people overeacted a bit last week. I also think it's fair to say he called a very different game last week that may have cost M the win. The truth usually lies between the extremes. I was glad to see adjustments today. I am glad Bosch played well since I was pissed when he burned the red shirt. Good game...offensively.
In a crazy shootout, should we have gone for two after the last TD to make it a three score lead?
2 tds and two 2 point conversions is just as hard. The benefit of 15 to 16 is greater than 16 to 17 under those circumstances
Last week I said, "Bring me the head of Alfredo Borges."
Today I'm glad he kept it.
But I have no idea what to make of this team. All of that talent on offense really showed today. The playcalling was terrific.
The defense looked unprepared for the speed of Indiana's offensive play. At times they seemed on their heels. But we won't see that again this season, and next time the coaches will prepare better for it, especially because IU is in our new division.
Bottom line, it was an entertaining football game, and Michigan won. All's well that ends in a W.
Come see the University of Michigan Clown Circus in East Lansing on November 2nd! Magnificently mesmerizing!
the trash tornadoes!
And finally let Gardner loose with his arm. This was the Devin we saw against ND. I swear we passed more that we ran from I-form today. I think he simplified things a bit for the line, too. We'll see in the UFR, but I think Al got a message from Brady after the PSU game.
That squib kick call was stupid and if they squib against osu again and gift urban a field goal it will likely put the upset out of reach. Time management before the half and timeouts are poor throughout the last three years. With the money we are pulling in, higher mathlete to tell the coaches what to do.
I agree that they're not that far away. You nailed it when you mentioned getting the best players on the field. One of my most sour personal sports memories is from when I first played organized football as a 12 year old. I had been playing tackle football with the older kids in my neighborhood since I was nine. I was the only little kid they let play with them because I was a fearless tackler. I would attack their legs and wrap them up without equipment. I embarrassed a lot of 15 and 16 year olds by bringing them down. Then they had to hear the smack talk from their peers. My point is that I was seasoned when I joined my first organized team at 12. With a helmet and pads, I was an instant terror. I was a natural corner. Quick, fast, nasty and cocky. I enjoyed intimidating receivers. I was the best corner on the team from the first practice in pads. After one of the starters flubbed a play at practice, the coaches would insert me to show them how it should be done. But it took half a season and my dad blowing his top at the coaches for me to see the field in a game. So I am personally familiar with coaches being enamored with certain players for one reason or another and not being objective. Central point, with the level of Michigan's recruiting, there may be beasts sitting on the bench. It happens.
This second point, I really, really hate that the source is Matt Millen, and I apologize for that in advance. But damn, he nailed it. He encapsulated what I have been trying to say in this space but perhaps missing the eloquence to convey it clearly. This team simply needs to embrace a 'snatch your heart out fierceness'. In the words of Millen:
""There's a certain attitude that you have to possess, and that's what your team has to be about," says Millen, who relished the NFL's competition and savored film study and even, yes, training camp as much as playing on Sundays. He was even known to start a few scraps at 49ers practices to toughen a team sometimes criticized for having too much finesse.
"That stuff is contagious — that esprit de corps that's on some teams and missing on others. You have to have it."
Thank you IU coaches for going for 2 so early in the game. That gave Michigan a 2 score advantage, which I know I felt a lot more comfortable with. It relieved a little bit of pressure from the offense (which didn't really need any help today).
I never want to say we shouldn't score, but I'm with the earlier poster about not wanting to score that last TD. Kneel take the 9 point win and the last minute is a lot more comfortable. The way IU was moving the ball, and the way this Murphy's Law season is going I had absolutely no confidence that we could stop the standard TD/2-pt conv/Onside Kick/TD/2-pt conv for the tie.
Under the category of things that will never happen: Stack the box against Sparty. The winner of this game always rushes for more yards. We know Fitz won't get much of anything so we need to make sure that we stop their rushing attack. They will be able to grind out 3-4 yards a play. Stack the box and make Cook beat us with his arm.
Don't get mattison's defensive scheme. Many times are db's are close to 10 yards off LOS, when we blitz, why don't we go into press type coverage? I just don't get it..