Gallon was brilliant obviously and Dileo is steady, but UM really needs a deep threat to emerge. Cheeson is the obvious choice here with his speed, but Norfleet could be a factor as well. Either way, Michigan needs a third WR to step up who can take the top off of a defense. UM has plenty of short and medium range weapons, but they need that extra deep threat because you know teams will try to scheme to take away Gallon.
UM needs another deep threat to emerge.
Over the next few weeks I would think Borges starts to experiment a little.
...so the OP can see my comment at the top of this thread.
OP - Shut up. And learn how to spell the players' names correctly before you share your opinion in its own thread like we all should care.
We've played TWO games. TWO.
A couple people tried starting this kind of thread right after the game or on Sunday, and that was just buzzkill. But now it's Tuesday. At some point we need to get back to the analysis stuff.
Wow, chill out man. Its a discussion topic. Don't like the topic, don't partake in the discussion. Simple as that. The whole point of the Board is creating discussion topics and this one is kind of interesting. Things are great so far but I bet the coaches aren't telling players "we've played TWO games so there's nothing to be changed."
Plus, purposely replying to an early comment just so everyone can see is both egotistical and douchy. Just sayin'.
As for the substance, I may have been imagining things but it appeared as though Reynolds had a step or two down the middle deep on plays where Gardner targeted Gallon underneath. Did anyone else see those plays I'm recalling?
Mr Yost needs a hug.
Mr. Yost, you need a Snickers and quick!
My hope is that the focus on Gallon's abilities allows for Chesson to get wide open down the field. Not sure if that'll actually happen, but it's a nice thought. I have a ton of faith that Gardner will put the ball right on the money if anybody has a few steps on the defense.
I believe this has already happened once or twice.
Speaking of Chesson, I didn't realize that his jersey reads "Chesson II" on the back until that magical bowling block GIF on the front page.
I think it's strange that Chesson hasn't even been targeted through two games. Is he not getting separation or is Garden just not looking his way?
There was some good buzz coming out of practice, some impressive highlights from practice, and he clearly has blocking down.
I hope he isn't too locked into Gallon. I mean, three TDs is amazing and all, but I have to think that MSU won't allow those type of touches for Gallon.
I'm not too worried about that unless they double Gallon, which seems unlikely because they're cocky on defense and he's not Calvin Johnson. It's not like ND was "allowing" touches for him. He was blanketed the whole game but Gardner was dropping dimes and Gallon was catching them. There was really nothing else the ND secondary could do in that game other than use telepathy to jump the routes.
We'll run the ball a lot against MSU's DL, and play action to wide open receivers. We only need to score 10 points, remember.
That's where DOUBLE D (drew dileo) comes in. Aka the maize n blue Wes Welker.
Bench him! Green should start at QB against Akron.
Doesn't have the top end speed or the height to really threaten over the top. Chesson is an over the top threat. The fact that teams have respected that is a big reason why Gallon and Dileo have had so much success over the top. Funchess will/is a deep threat as well, and Reynolds and spread the field a bit as well.
I think Michigan is fine in that regard. Right now, the team is just taking what defenses are giving them, which is working great.
I know you know your stuff, but I find it hard to believe that opponents respect a guy who doesn't even rate a pass attempt. They might cover him, but a genuine threat?
I mean, to catch the ball. To unsuspecting DBs trying to tackle, he is Jaws.
IBut they are keep defenders back, including safeties over the top, to stay on him, rather than have the safeties come up to take away the crossing routes. They might not respect him as a great playmaker or someone they need to scheme for, but they respect him enough to cover him within the scheme of their defense rather than changing their defense and scheming around Gallon or some of the underneath guys.
I don't think Chesson is a great downfield target yet. I don't know if he's even good, but I suspect he is at least good. And defenses are respecting him enough to play him as such. They are daring DG to throw it deep like they did with Denard yet.
Can't wait for Borges to unleash the dragon. Teams will have to stop loading the box against us and when that happens I think that Fitz is good enough to make them pay.
I think the O line did all right against one of the best D lines in the nation considering for some reason ND seemed to be selling out against the run in addition to a great D line.
He seems plenty fast enough from what I have seen/
But his top end speed isn't great. He's much more quick than fast. He won't necessarily threaten defenses over the top with his speed like Ginn Jr or Breaston.
This. If Fleet had top end speed he would have taken somewhere between 5 and 10 returns to the house already in his career.
Has not taken kick back for TD as sophomore return man. Do not want
Well, yes. We weren't looking at the best talent even before our "break-out star" in Darboh got his season wiped out.
Michigan is fortunate that Gallon has maximized his ability so much, but receiver is still a problem this year. Unfortunately, I don't see another true outside threat emerging this year. Next year the uber-talented recruits start coming in, but for now its Gallon on one side and duct tape on the other.
Kind of like 2001, except the QB is... A bit different.
Marquise Walker was an absolute stud that year.
Seriously. He was amazing.
But you can't deny there's a certain charm in looking back to the era of the Buffalo Stampede...
I think Gardner was trying to stear clear of anything resembling a jump ball on Saturday, because there were two times I noticed on the wide angle that Chesson was open deep. One of them was on the first TD featuring the block of the year. In the next few weeks Gardner will test his deep ball and get more comfortable with Chesson. I'm sure of it.
Herby said something similar as far as him missing an open target to the outside and instead hitting Butt. Well, DG is reading his coverage and going through the progressions accordingly. He isn't going to break his progression to a guy deep if it isn't within the scheme, just like on the pass to Butt his progression was from inside to outside.
Chesson may have broken open, but that wasn't the design of the progression. The progression was intended to have Gallon come open underneath, Chesson allowed that to happen by forcing the safeties to add depth. But DG has a progression from 1 to 2 that is best to beat the defense he saw, with Gallon being number 1 on that progression.
Is ND brought a ton of pressure from the LBs (like 5+ man blitz packages) and dropped the safeties deep. What they were daring DG to do was to beat them underneath and on the outside. Then they started running some man and DG hit Gallon and targeted his tall TEs in single coverage. But in the zone blitz scheme that ND ran often between the 20s, it's the intermediate that comes open as long as the safeties stay back, which they did.
Stop bringing facts to this. We all need to PANIC a lot more.
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The dude is essentially a HUGE WR. He allegedly runs a 4.6-4.7, which is pretty darn fast, especially for a guy his size. He can pretty much out-jump any corner/safety. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to watch the ND, so I am not sure if they utilized him very much on the offense, but I don't see why could not be used as a deep threat from time to time.
Have not been as plugged in this season as my 1-year old keeps me busy on the weekends. I just remember from last season, when Funchess broke through the first level of defenders and bolted down the field for the end zone it usually resulted in a TD. The guy is 6'5", almost 240, with a nice vertical, so most safeties are like smurfs trying to take on Andre the Giant.
Give him/her a shot of bourbon 20 minutes before kickoff. That should put the little guy down for long enough to watch the game.
And will be targeted more as safeties start helping corners over the top on Gallon. If they want to stop Gallon's hitches, slants, and outs they need to play tighter, which means they need help over the top or risk getting burned often on double moves. Funchess to open grass is a big concept within Borges's playbook off play action and this sort of look. Matching up Funchess on a safety with Funchess having body position will result in some big catches from Funchess this season.
Granted, ND supposedly has a solid defense, but from what I've read, the RB was pretty much Gardner. Who was the last really productive back at Michigan, Mike Hart? I hope that Fitz can get it going as well as Green and that Michigan continues to recruit well at RB. Hopefully once the O-line gets a little more experience under its belt, Fitz will get into a groove. We have at least three (warm-up) games, to get the O-line clicking and give some carries to Fitz and Green. The evening game at Penn State should be interesting.
I'd say 2011 Fitz.
Fitz just gained 102 yards on 23 touches. Against one of (if not the) very best defensive lines in college football and a super aggressive linebacker corps that was totally focused on stopping him (hence the wide open runs when Gardner kept the ball).
We scored 41 points against a Notre Dame defense people were shaking in their boots about all offseason. The handwringing is getting fucking old.
Fitz had 22 carries and gained 71 yards.. for a very average 3.2 yards a carry... Catching a wide open wheel route isn't exactly the same as taking a handoff into the teeth of a good defense
A lesser running back would have gotten 35 yards with what Fitz had to deal with Saturday. Fortunately Fitz was able to juke some guys and break a couple tackles--but you are not going to put up 6 ypc when opposing LBs are charging downhill at the snap (or even before the snap on a couple of plays).
I think we will be ok with Butt and Funchess. Another would be great, but those guys are studs.
I would be a bit more concerned about how our defensive line could not get in the backfield the second half!
Would have come in GREAT this year
Bring back the negs!
Title not detailed enough? Stupid topic? I could perhaps understand the former, but not the latter.
Michigan very much does not need another deep threat since we seemed to do just fine with what we have. After we beat ND in a more-or-less strait-forward way, why do we need to clutch our pearls?
Would a deep threat give us better odds to win the big ten? Well, sure, I guess. Does the team as-is have a shot at winning the big ten? You bet they do!
I'd rather not. I feel we'd be risking the re-emergence of Tacopants.
the first game was a blowout. and against notre dame the staff wisely trusted the seniors. chesson will get his chance soon. I suspect he will get some balls Saturday.