Even if these guys don't appreciate it, I dig the picture. I added it to my collection.
"We've got to be prepared for a little bit of everything" - Kelly
Really speaks to the maturation of the offense and the vision Borgess and Hoke have coming to fruition. Michigan's offense can move the ball two very different ways and will be tough for opponents to prepare for all season. We probably won't face as talented of a defense until November, when we face MSU and OSU. Look for UM to continue I put up a lot of points.
Maybe the poster is Canadien? In which case, "offence" is correct.
Its a nice little mix!
That offense reminded me of the Vince Young offense at Texas... Pro players playing in a semi-spread set. Not like ohio's.
The Vince Young offense at Texas that I remember was "Hey Vince, how about you run for 20 yards on this play ok?" You can flip it to someone or whatever it is you do with your arm if you feel like it, but we'd rather you just run over 2 or 3 guys and pick up 20 yards, howboutit?
They were a little more diversified than that. The year we played them in the Rose Bowl, Cedric Benson had over 1800 yards rushing. We pretty much shut him down, but part of the the cost was allowing Young (who went over 1000 himself) to run wild.
We must find another receiver. It should be a nice couple of games coming up to work out some finer issues.
Absolutely. I'm hoping that once Funchess gets healthy, he can serve as the complement to Gallon. That said, it's pretty impressive to see Chesson's downfield blocking. If he's not yet a viable receiving threat, at least he's still looking for ways to contribute.
I'd be totally happy if we just got the ball to Dileo and Funchess more. Dileo has shown to be a Wes-Welker-style mismatch on his little combo routes (see: GW touchdown) and Funchess is pretty much always open.
I think DG sometimes locks in to Gallon because he knows Gallon is his best receiver, which is fine for now, but when teams start doubling or bracketing Gallon we're going to have problems. I hope Al & DG use these next 3-4 weeks practicing getting the ball to people not named Jeremy Gallon. That balance is what's going to enable JG to have more 3 TD games
Might be the best we play all year.
Sparty was the defense I thought would be the best we'd play, but I think they are a step down (1/2 step, really) from ND's at this moment in time.
ohio- definitely not as good as I thought they were going to be. With that being said, there's still a LONG time until November.
ND and OSU have better d-lines than MSU, but MSU probably has the best d-backs in the country.
Borges deserves a lot of credit for being a student of the game and continuously studying other styles of offense. We've seen first hand with GERG how poorly things can go when a coordinator is forced out of their comfort zone. Denard-Borges fusion cuisine was born out of necessity, but I'm excited about Borges having the versatility to run different styles to exploit opponent weaknesses and maximize personel talents in the future.
GERG has a comfort zone?
Our defense sucked even before RichRod forced the 3-3-5 on him.
will soon not be as versatile as Kelly's lament above.
Michigan is no longer actively recruiting Devin Gardner-like (dual threat) players for the QB position anymore. The go-forward plan (2015 and on) appears to be installing Howitzers at QB, and to hell with mobile QBs.
So Michigan will not field "the everything" anymore the Kelly describes. I consider that unfortunate because right now Michigan is one bitch of a team to defend with a Devin Gardner at the helm.
Meanwhile, it was the mobility of Michigan's QB that destroyed Diaco's aggressive defensive game plan on Saturday night with scrambles, QB draws and option keeps, combined with the all-pro throws.
I'm not convinced that a John Navarre-like QB would have won the game Saturday night for Michigan. Gardner got 3 to 4 first downs and a TD with his wheels.
That's aspect of Michigan's attack is going away.
True. Sugar Shane can move a little and so can Speight. They are not DG but as long as they pose a threat and can dance away from pressure, that's the vital part.
Yeah, the Devin Gardner, Tahj Boyd, EJ Manuel guy would be the ultimate prototype I would pick but I think a Colt McCoy and even Tate Forcier would proved enough athleticsim to provide a schematic change-up when necessary. I'd hope that Morris and Speight could do at least a little damage with their legs.
The ability improv and scramble however is a different deal altogether.We wont get that unless we go after more new 98s.
in which case it doesn't matter how mobile the QB is. Strong defenses plus strong armed, accurate QB equals death for opposing teams.
Hoke and Borges should grab him in a heartbeat. A quaterback who can win with his legs are so valuable as he can compensate the lack of elite talents at other positions. Read-option should always remain to be part of this offense, although not necessarily the primary one.
I agree with all of my being.
Yeah, it will be interesting to see if they recruit a guy in the future similar to Gardner. So far they have not. But maybe that will change after what they from him this year and maybe next.
Imagine trying to stop Gardner, Gallon, Treadwell And Dileo.....FFFFffffuuuuuuhhhh!
He's lucky he won't have to try to defend Darboh, Harris, Campbell, and Canteen (with a dash of Peppers) in a couple of years.
in Kelly's presser. He's still a lephre-chicken, but nothing to see there.
That's the thing about Gardner. That kid glides down the field and it looks effortless. Reminds me a lot of RGIII, V.Young and R. Cunningham type QBs. He's fast, has a cannon for an arm, and is very athletic.
Morris and Speight are great athletes too, no question. And they can probably run for a first down too. But let's face it, most of the time Morris and Speight are going to win football games with their arms....or not.
Gardner is going to win games with his arm and his legs. With additional weapons like Gallon, Funchess, Butt and Dileo, that's a royal pain in the ass for good defenses, and a nightmare for awful ones.
Option isn't always about super speedy folks like Denard and Devin. Harbaugh ran occasional option plays for Bo...
Borges is well on his way to improving himself in my eyes, but we've got a long way to go. This game was, quite simply, a masterpiece of epic proportion comparable only to 2011 Ohio and in terms of sheer execution and play calling it was better.