This will be the snowflake thread for the offense and offensive playcalling.
The Snowflake Thread: Offense
"Something something didn't execute." again and again.
Please no more Gardner at QB, I can't imagine watching this guy again next year.
I don't see the offense being the issue.
I was about to give the Fry squinty eyes until I saw the /s
A WolverineQuest series: The quest for worst offensive line in the history of big ten. 50-50 chance of that making us feel a little better or way way worse
Of all the things Borges has done, the playcalling when we got the ball at Nebraska's 26 was truly the most mind-boggling. We didn't even try to get the touchdown
Unbelievable (but still so sadly believable)
this offense is a FG only offense down near the redzone area lol
I'm hardly a Borges apologist, but they were getting sacked on around half their passing plays. The odds of being pushed out of FG range with a single pass attempt really were greater than the odds of getting a touchdown with aggressive play-calling.
They were good calls. That's the worst part.
Our football team is succeeding in fulfilling all my wildest nightmares
I mean really throw it away. Every play, even when it throws it late, he's trying to squeeze something in, or over the top, or just underneath.
He's got no time, i get it. But sometimes when you have "no time" you still have time to chuck it away.
I'd really like to know how many pure throw aways he's had since the ND game. If someone had that stat, and an average-throwaways-per-QB stat, i would be shocked if DG wasn't in the bottom 10 in FBS.
I don't know what George Whitfield's summer camp convinced Devin he could do in the face of chaos.
I dare any Borges supporter still left standing to open their mouth tonight. Any single word of defense for Borges just exposes you as a moron who knows nothing about football.
The sequence after the muffed punt was bad, but other than that I don't have a lot of complaints about playcalling. I still think the main problem is the offensive line, not playcalling.
The sequence after the muff was absolutely horrendous...to the point it may have made you forget how bad the rest of the game's playcalling was. Also, the OL falls under Borges' jurisdiction. His fix has been simply juggling the OL starters around. This not only is not a fix in any way, shape or form, but it destroys any unity that unit could've at least been building in the meantime. Different schemes and different plays could be drawn up to mitigate the shortcomings of our OL (our heaven forbid, coaching these guys up), but nope, Borges and Funk refuse to realize they and their "strategies" are the problem.
Agreed the Oline sucks but Fitz can't pick up a blitz to save his fuckin life!!!
I don't hate Borges like some. The book is out on our offense. O line is porous, FItz can't pass block. Devin is majorly rattled. No playmakers to bail him out.
Granted, he hasn't fixed the problem, but not sure there is a fix this year. The high water mark of the year was beating a fringe ranked team, who would certainly beat us if it were in ND or even if they played us now.
Terrible season. So much worse than last year. Strike 2 for Hoke. Next season is everything for him.
Also, does any disgruntled fans want to sell me their Michigan / OSU tickets yet?
Negative 69 yards rushing in 2 weeks
That is amazingly bad.
Brady Hoke, "We didn't execute...the offense. Although we did consider it. Along with Al. I mean, man, you shoulda seen Greg. He almost drowned Al in the toilet in the coaches office after this one. I almost let him."
Does anyone have an atomic bomb GIF?
and I feel bad for the team and for Dileo on the 4th down drop. Anyone who follows Michigan football probably expected that slant to go to him.
The glib me says "damn, need to find another lucky shirt".
On the serious side, there are pieces that just don't fit on the offense. We could not capitalize on multiple Nebraska injuries and turnovers.
Get Morris some reps,put Gardner at wr. May as well see the rest of the freshman that are not redshirting.
I mean, they're not put in a position to succeed, so how are they going to?
Also, I'm for bringing back the OL we started the year with if given a choice.
Agree last two weeks OL has been even worse (is that possible)... We are the worst offensive line in te country, and that is having lewan an Schoenfeld out there. Funk has to go. Forget experience of some of the OL, no way should a Michigan line ever be that bad.
175 total yards against one of the worst defenses in the b10 AT HOME (so not even an excuse anymore). -70 yards rushing last two weeks.
The interior of the offensive line has been a tire fire. Anyone sick of inside stunt blitzes yet? There has been significant regression of our young lineman this year.
At least Butt and Funches fought for extra yards after catches and Green managed to fall forwards a few times. But Borges not coming up with a better scheme when Nebraska was blitzing nearly every sequence made want to throw my remote through my TV.
Borges can't be fired until the end of the season but Funk can be fired now. Wisconsin fired their O Line coach mid season a few years back and if there is anyway that it is a possibility as far as a competent replacement then it needs to be done. Borges should be shown the door at the end of the season.
It breaks down like this:
175 total yards, but 196 yards passing over 18 completions and 27 attempts.
So, for passing - 10.89 yards per completion and 7.26 yards per attempt. Respectable.
Rushing...36 attempts, -21 yards, which -0.58 yards per carry
Yards per snap? That comes out to 175 yards over 63 plays, 0r 2.78 yards per play. Yeah.
I know calling players by name is frowned upon but i cant sugar coat it...Im sure Devin Gardner is a great kid and he seems like he really is..As a football player he needs to understand he is a WR, not a QB..he is an awful QB...Holds the ball too long, cant see the blitz, cant read coverage, is very poor with accuracy
What do you expect from a kid that has the most inept offensive coordinator ever and a non-existent QB coach? He's not playing well, but he's not the problem.
realize how shitty their game plan is and their effort reflects that they haven't bought into it. Hell, if I played on a team that had an offensive game plan like this I would quit on the coaches too.
Which is the best offensive line playing at the intersection of Stadium and Main? Is it Michigan, or is it Pioneer?
DG has been awful. He doesn't stand in the pocket (when it's there). He holds on to the ball waaay too long. He looks afraid to do something wrong.
He's gotten worse since he first started. With Denard it was the same. That screams coaching to me.
all the time so they blitz on runs. The play action drop backs take too long and they refuse to abandon them. It also doesn't help that Gardner holds on to the ball too long.
I do not posess the insight or details on specific issues, but am generally feeling like the offense is one dimensional and quickly apprroaching zero dimensional. In the running game I know there are O-line issues, but it feels like we are running up hill. I feel a sense of relief when we are able to get the ball back to the line of scrimage, that is not good. One observation comparing our running with Nebraska was that when M ran up the middle we were taken down in the middle of the pile. Where Abdullah would get taken down while almost exiting the scrum. This yields an extra yard or two per attempt for Nebraska, but begs the question, should M even try up the middle. Toussant is nowhere close to breaking open a big run up the middle, and with those runs yelding less than 2 yards / attempt it is a waste of a down. I feel similar frustration with the outside running game. Nebraska seemed able to pick up a couple yards at will running outside while M would get caught and lose a yard. Things just seem doomed.
Remember that time that we were all bashing Sparty's offense and how pathetic it was?
Al Borges makes Jim Bollman look like Chip Kelly.
The guy is accurate, strong, and smart. But when the offensive coordinator has you doing things like turning your back to the line of scrimmage constantly on play action (with no running game AT ALL), trying to hit guys on two-man routes, long-developing routes, repeatedly running read-option against a team that practices against a much better version of it...most of this is not on Gardner.
Borges is the worst offensive coordinator ever
Your point is valid and I feel mostly correct. I also think DG has the possibility of being lights-out fantastic if we get an offense that works.
But today, I saw a very rattled QB for parts of this game. While we need to fire some coaches and improve play calling, etc., and while DG has had to face incredible pressures not to make a mistake as well as having no blocking, as well as having no running game, I hold DG responsible for is inability to stay focused downfield and get rid of the ball. I'm not saying he had excellent reasons why he couldn't do these things, but I am still holding him responsible for doing that very difficult task.
Gardner has what it takes to be a GREAT QB and has played as well as it's possible to play wearing 2 or 3 OL on every play. The routes take too long to develop, and Borges has so many guys trying (ineffectually) to block that there are usually only a few targets, all of them covered. 18 of 27 for 196 with 1 TD and no picks is a good day for any QB, especially one as harried at DG is on virtually every play.
Agree that the play calling is highly suspect. However, DG really isn't very good ... Drops the ball, holds it forever, etc. I think he can be pretty good, but must be mental.
Nothing...I mean nothing...is working right now offensively.
This game was lost far before the 4th and 5 conversion with a minute left, but I looked at my wife and said "I hope this ball goes to Dileo". I trust him with my life to catch the ball. As I watched the ball sail through his hands, my heart absolutely sank. We have reached the deepest sanctum of hell offensively. Dileo just doesn't drop the ball.