FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
VIDEO: Offense vs. Northwestern Every Snap
Wow what a catch. But does anyone think there was a chance to make a quick pass TO the endzone (not in front) with :08 left? Ball was on the 9 with no timeouts left, clock was running and it was a first down. Personally I was yelling "Go for it!", but maybe Coach Hoke sensed we had momentum going into overtime and with the reliability of Gibbons' leg this year, felt confident to win it in overtime? But still, raised the question of whether we couldn't gotten a play off. Does anyone have any sort of statistics or algorithm for going for it in that situation, or are coaches just supposed to rely on gut instincts?
No way you run a play to the endzone there. Sure, there was :08 left after Roundtree's catch, but the clock is going to start as soon as they set the chains. Gardner would've had to call a play if they were going to the endzone, so that would've taken a couple extra seconds off the clock. Given that they probably wouldn't have snapped it until there was :06 left, I highly doubt any play to the end zone would've landed incomplete before the clock ran out.
I have a question about some of our running plays ( the playcalling ). On Fitz's one big run of the day they ran a zone read ( or a veer or some variation ) of that, that play picked up 50 yards. Why didn't they go back to it?
Or maybe they did go back to it, I don't have time to watch the whole video right now.
When Gardner spiked the ball. Didn't he spike the ball behind him. Shouldn't that have been ruled a backwards pass.
Probably. But I doubt they would ever call that.
I believe a spike is sort of a special situation and is understood as such. I mean technically it meets all the requirements to be called intentional grounding.
Well using that logic I'm also glad they didn't call intentional grounding. QB is not out of the pocket and there are no eligible receivers in the path of the ball.
Edit: Brinho - is this now the second or third time you and i have had almost identical comments or responses to something? You are clearly younger and a faster typer as you've beaten me to the punch each and every time
Fortunately my comments are obviously more insightful and worth waiting for....
Those rules don't apply to a spike. As long as the QB throws the ball "directly to the ground" to conserve time, it's considered a spike.
I just watched this after I watched that Vtech dude. Makes me appreciate our receivers and coaching that much more.
Watching this really shows how abysmal our interior offensive line is performing. Not only can we not get any push, but when the guards are asked to take a DT one on one they are generally manhandled and when they are asked to pull they generally end up in the middle of nowhere with defenders swarming right past them. Outside of that the line didn't have a terrible day on downhill runs, but obviously when your guards can't block you won't be able to run it, especially up the middle. Believe it or not, being able to at least identify the problem does make me a bit more confident going into next year, where we should be able to plug in a couple of bigger guys who should do better in this blocking scheme just by nature alone. Even if they are RS freshmen, I don't see them making any mistakes that our current guys aren't already making. I'm not saying we will somehow be able to run the ball much better next year, but I don't expect to get any worse at all, which I would otherwise be saying with the relatively experienced line we have right now.
Thanks Throin. Anyone have this week's Inside Michigan Football with Coach Hoke?
mgoblue.com should but their link is dead:
Dang.. No Inside Michigan Football this week wanted to see the Coach Hoke after the game talk bet it was good.
film also and then watched Gallon at the 3 min mark here just tear after the DB in the end zone who was nowhere near the play, talk about contrast.
OLine needs to step up.