Time of possession was practically equal against Indiana.
Time of Possession...again
This was acutally quite the equal game possession-wise. On one hand, I like our defense being on the field more to get experience, but on the other hand, this puts them at higher risk for injuries to a thin defense.
For as long as Michigan's defense is on the field, so is the opposing team's offense.
Believe it or not, you can get tired on offense, too.
In theory, this would seem to be true. But it's not.
If you ever watch an offense at the end of a 90-yard drive, they're much better off then a defense.
Defensively, you have all 11 guys sprinting to the ball on every single play. They're going all out for 5 or 6 or 10 seconds at a time.
Meanwhile, after the QB hands off the ball, he stands there and watches. After the QB throws the ball, the offensive linemen stare downfield and watch the ball go. On running plays, receivers often just stand in the way of a cornerback and don't run much at all.
Playing offense is much more energy efficient than playing defense.
Not if you ask Florida fans why Morgan Trent was able to run down Percy Harvin in the 2008 Capital One Bowl.
It's a good thing I don't know any Florida fans.
(Seriously, though...I really don't know any Florida fans. I just realized that. I know fans of BC, UConn, UVA, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma, OSU, Illinois...but no Gators.)
It boggles my mind when statements of fact get negged. I don't even care about losing points, since I have a bajillion. I guess people just don't like truth...
doesn't mean that people care to know it. Maybe you were negged because nobody thought it was funny or relevant to read that you don't know any Florida fans.
That wasn't the comment that got negged. The comment that got negged was the one about how defense is more tiring than offense.
Maybe it does affect the Michigan defense? You win!!
We're still 4-0.
Unless you would prefer that Michigan take a knee halfway into a 50 yard touchdown, this is something that will affect the defense all year long.
Again this week it seemed like Rich Rod was just trying to get through the week with trying to save another defensive player, this time M. Williams. The safety play should be better next week.
Time of Possession:
I don't think time of possession matters much at all, but even if it does, this isn't exactly the game to be griping.
In this game, I was mostly referring to that opening sequence. It has to hurt them that they were back on the field right away after already being on the field for a long drive. And it was closer this game, but typically under Rich Rod, both this year and last, we have been behind big time in TOP. Again, I'm not sure what the solution is because I like our offense, I just will never believe that this type of offense doesn't hurt your defense some.
I would hope our guys are conditioned enough they can handle one long drive at the beginning of the game, a couple play offensive drive for a TD and get back out on the field in the opening quarter. If this was in the 4th quarter I would understand where you are coming from but I will take a 50 yard touchdown everytime.
I can see if the defense is continually looking gassed at the end of games, or are letting teams claw back and/or win every 4th quarter because they are so tired.
But they aren't.
Our defense quite often looks lousy and/or clueless at the beginning of games, the middle of games, AND at the end.
None of the symptoms of "worn out D" are really that apparent, and they certainly haven't cost us any games so far.
I agree that they could however; but the whole point of RR's offense is to score points at will and put the games away. We're still sputtering a bit on offense so that isn't happening yet.
Right now our D isn't tired, it's just not that good.
Well, we forced a three-and-out on that possession, so I guess we weren't that tired.
So far TOP only seemed to really have an effect on our D in the 1st half of the ND game. Out of position play and poor tackling hurt us when rested and on long drives against IU.
The defense won't be on the field as much when they start stopping people. We just aren't that good on D this year. Luckily we have probably the top Offense in the Big Ten. When we actually start playing some D, we'll really be a team to be reckoned with.
If we take the glass is half full approach, then we can say at least our D is getting a lot of reps against other competition. If they weren't playing a lot and then got into a dogfight later in the season, then they might not be so prepared. It does fatigue them quite a bit, but isn't that why we have Barwis?!
I don't wanna be right
if they want to rest, then it's their burden to stop people. they gave up 4 drives of 9+ plays. *that* is what makes them tired.
From the book of Rod - What doth it profit a team if he gains the time of possession and loses every game?
It depends on WHY your defense is on the field. If your defense is constantly on the field because you keep turning the ball over or can't move the ball and go three and out (e.g. Michigan 2008), that is bad. If your defense is constantly on the field because you score quickly every time you have the ball, that is good. Once you score, you have to give the ball back. That's the rule.
The extreme example is if you run every kickoff back for a TD. Obviously, that would be good even though the other team would win the time of possession battle. So, the answer is IT DEPENDS.