Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
VIDEO: Offense Every Snap
Just curious, what program do you use to cut these videos?
Also on the last drive, Denard could have bounced outside on his stretch play and all of the MSU defenders were sucked in the box. 6 pts easy.
Oh well, in all of my years watching UM through BO, MO, LLoyd, rr and Brady, these games always seem close. Problem is I'm getting older and my heart can't take this shit anymore.
but I'll admit I just skipped to the end of this one.
thanks.. I love the every snaps. I saw on mgoblue that they did not show this week's inside michigan football? What's going on? I see it was on fox detroit.
thanks man. i wish somebody had a hd version but I can settle with this!
Gallon needs the ball in his hands more
But on the second to last drive when we had 3rd down and 22, DR stepped up in the pocket and had all kinds of daylight in front of him (at least 15-20 yards.) Instead, he tried to throw it long to Jackson and we had to punt. Had he kept the ball and ran on that 3rd and 22, we would have surely been in field goal range and he may have even got the 1st down and kept the drive alive.
It looked to me like Jackson was wide open for a TD.
if Denard takes that wide open space in front of him, we're set up for a Wile FG or better.
Jackson just isn't a guy who's going to "make plays" after his route is over. If he's wide open late in a play, he's only open because he's not a threat.
On one play, after getting between the safeties, instead of running toward daylight and the endzone, Jackson stopped and looked back. Denard threw a leading pass, but because Jackson stopped, it sailed over Jackson's head.
Not a threat.
On the play you're talking about, even though he was wide open again, he clearly didn't expect the ball to be thrown to him.
Again, not a threat.
Drew (the Threat) Dileo needs to take Jackson under his wing.
with our misdirection running game. Against MSU, where these plays take a lot of time to develop, there's too many defenders around the ball before the runner gets going. I love the big play potential against teams that don't fanatically blitz like MSU, but watching the video, I'm screaming for more of the quick hitter plays to Fitz or by Denard. It seems to me that too many of the plays took too long to get going before the backfield was swarmed.
in the early going. Granted, MSU's D is good. MOAR Gallon needed, for sure. More faith in Denard's short passing.
The game plan was obvious here: keep Denard from throwing an interception, keep the ball on the ground as much as possible, and rely on Sparty to give the game away on offense. It didn't work out quite as planned, but it was a victory over a Sparty team that hates Michigan more than they hate anything in the world.
Michigan was playing one of three rivalry games; MSU was playing its Super Bowl. Anything that puts a "W" on the board is fine with me. I think taking the game away from Sparty with five seconds left was even better than a blowout would have been. Denard will get plenty of other chances to pass this year, but the game plan turned out perfect against MSU.
I'll take "ugly" wins like this all day, especially after the debacle that was the first half against ND. On to Lincoln...
I was with you until "the game plan turned out perfect against MSU ." Too many read plays with Denard and Fit. Gallon should have gotten more touches. Borges did OK, but he was far from great.
Field goals should be on the Every Snap Defense Video too. At least the last one. If for no other reason than the more videos that feature that, the better.
Denard took a step towards the line the MSU backers met him at the LOS, sometimes a half yard into the backfield. Looks like they sold out 100% . . . why no QB Oh Noes ? Am I missing some counter MSU had prepared?
I have no idea why we don't do QB Oh Noes; it seems so simple, especially when their safeties are 8 yards off TE LOS. The only thing I can think is that Borges just doesn't have the knowledge of the read-option offense to be comfortable making adjustments to MSU's obvious hyper-aggressive D.
QB Oh Noes = play action off of the threat of the QB running. Under RR, that generally meant when the RB became the lead blocker for Denard and that's generally what people look for, but sometimes it meant off of the read option. This year, we've been doing it off of the inverted veer. The 35-yard pass to Dileo was an example of this. Dileo caught that ball 10 yards down field and the safeties were even with him, which means they bit on the PA. If he was faster, he'd have scored, but, instead, the safeties were able to chase him down. We call the play, but you can't call it 5 times per game or it loses its effectiveness.
after watching this, I can honestly say I like the playcalling for the most part. The only thing I think I would have changed would be to give Fitz the ball 5-10 more times, and some of that has to do with Denard making a lousy read on the option run. A couple bad throws by Denard/dropped ball by Gardner and sort of Funchess in the endzone probably negated 10-14 points. Robinson was a little hesitant at the line of scrimmage sometimes which isn't good against a great defense like MSU, you have to make decisions quick. The one thing I wish DEnard would have done is in the 4th quarter on our second to last drive I wish he would have run up the middle on 3rd and 22 (tons of open space) instead of trying to make the big play to Jeremy Jackson of all receivers. At worst he would have put us in field goal range, but I guess we were able to pin back MSU witrh the punt, and we won so who cares. Good job Borges, you succeded this game, just MSU's D was fantastic, and a few mishaps happened on the player's part.
If Mealer or Omameh gets a block on that MSU safety, Fitz has all the room in the world. I feel bad for Fitz, he's been indecisive at times, but he's been getting hit within moments of getting the ball even when the RPS is good. Hard to establish a rhythm like that
I only watched part of the game live (I just get too nervous watching UM play these days), but, man, Denard had an even worse day throwing the ball than I thought. He missed at least 3 TD's in that game (Gallon in EZ, Gardner forced to wait for moonball when he had broken wide open, J. Jackson open by at least 3 yards). I'm not sure who was at fault on the pass in the EZ where Rountree was open, so I'll ignore that one...but, jeebus, Denard kept MSU in that game with some awful passing.
He didn't have any (real) turnovers, so there's that...I guess.
I think that's a bit harsh on Denard. The Gallon thing appears to be a mix-up as to whether Gallon should settle in the zone where Denard had a throwing lane or continue his route. He may have underthrown Gardner, but still put the ball in his hands at the 5. That's a ball the WR has to catch. He did miss Jackson.* He also squeezed the ball into some very tight spaces to get it to Dileo in key moments. This wasn't OSU last year, but it wasn't Virginia Tech or ND this year. At least his mistakes weren't into traffic.
*I think the Roundtree pass in the EZ is actually on Toussaint. He whiffed a cut block on a blitzing LB and Denard's arm got hit just as he released.
EDIT: I just watched the Gardner and the Gallon passes, and I think those incompletions are mainly on the WRs.
-Gardner is running an out and up. He's not really behind the defense so much as he's in a soft spot between the corner who's recovered after biting on the out fake and the safety coming over. If Denard throws the ball further, I'm not sure that this isn't over Gardner's head, because Gardner is backpedalling, rather than running toward the goal line. The effect of this backpedalling is that Gardner can't go up strong for the ball (ala Hemingway last year) and is off balance, making it easier to knock the ball out.
-Gallon's pattern is not a hard slant, it's more of a curl. My understanding of the WR's responsibility in the curl is to find a soft spot and sit down. He doesn't, continuing a bit past the window, so the ball's behind him. Denard did throw this too hard, but may have seen Bullough flashing across underneath.
Re: Gardner, as I've stated before, I am inclined to cut a guy who is in his first year playing WR in his entire life a little more slack than a guy who has been playing QB for 6-7 years. Denard's moonball gave Devin lots of time to think about just how many MSU DB's were hauling @ss to light him up as the ball drifted towards him.
Denard makes a decent throw (didn't even need a good one, just a decent one) and Devin walks into the EZ untouched assuming he catches it of, course, because Devin does have pretty "meh" hands...again, first year WR vs. 6+ year QB. In my calculus, the fault lies principally with Denard on that play.
You keep calling it a moonball like he lollipopped it up there. It was a 50-yard pass that hit the receiver square in the hands. Could it have been better? Sure, probably. But this wasn't a 5 yard hitch. That's a tough throw even without the guy judo chopping his facemask.
Gardner did not start to backpedal until he saw how horribly underthrown the ball was. Denard's crappy throw FORCED Devin to backpedal. If Devin had not stopped and backpedaled, the ball would have ended up 10 yards behind him, resting comfortably in the arms of an MSU DB.
1. Let's remember the reason that the ball was underthrown was that Denard was clothleslined by their NT just as he threw it.
2. I don't think Gardner's as open as you're suggesting. The first time we see him, after the ball is thrown, he has maybe a step and a half on the CB, and much of that is from being inside rather than downfield. He's not Manningham "oh wide open."
3. Gardner has really poor technique coming out of his break. If he turns downfield rather than backpedalling, he can both plant strongly to go up for the ball (ie, working back to the ball) and he can use his body to shield the defender (basically forcing PI if he doesn't catch it). Instead, by backpedalling, he opens his body up to the defender, allowing him an angle to knock the ball away. Like you said, it's understandable, he's essentially been playing receiver for two months, but he's at least as much at fault as Denard, who got at least a decent pass off while being hit in the grill.
Great job, love watching this stuff. Is it just me or does Barnum really get pushed around alot?
After watching this, my sense is that:
(1) Most of MSU's big defensive plays were caused by guys going COMPLETELY and preposterously unblocked (Barnum and Fitz seemed two biggest culprits, but Mealer had a couple derps);
(2) to the extent Borges called quick slants and drags to exploit MSU's man defense in the middle of the field, those routes weren't Denard's first reads (and I don't really understand why);
(3) against man defense, my sense was the receivers did not get into their defenders enough before making their cuts (it seemed a lot of good play-calling led to nothing because the receivers dallied into defenders instead of aggressively geting separation);
(4) Borges should take some blame for selling out run and pass based on predicability caused by the team's first motion after the snap;
(5) Instead of losing obvious yards on the ground based on coverage at the LOS, Denard should have known to audible to an extended out route when MSU loaded the box with three deep (not sure if that's on Denard for not audibling or on Borges for not developing plays to audible);
(6) Fitz is pretty horrible at selling fake hand-offs; and
(7) Devin and Jeremy are NOT threats, which had a lot to do with M's inability to sustain momentum during drives.