Interior OL. If there's one group that will determine the fate of the season. That's it. Only CMU, but last year the interior OL couldn't move Air Force. Hope we see good things on Saturday.
What is the MGoCoach in you looking at on Saturday?
More specifically, how does Kalis look pulling. If he can pull then we can power run behind Lewan. In that case, even if Miller performs poorly and the LG is mediocre, we can ram the ball down peoples' throats.
I might move my Coach Funk Advisory System color up to Orange
I will focus on the trenches to see what kind of push the lines - especially the OL - get. That and the free safety.
- Offensive Line - last year's interior line (love those guys as people) was horrible. I'll be looking to see how we control the line of scrimmage.
- Devin - This is obvious. He hasn't had a lot of snaps at QB, I'll be interested to see how he manages the game.
- Efficiency, limiting mistakes and flow - I said this a lot during basketball season. When we were playing team that I knew we'd beat...I wasn't looking at the score, I completely tuned out the score bug. I just wanted "feel" how efficient we were being and feel like the game had a nice flow. We were making good passes and executing. Same thing here...I want to see execution. If the play doesn't work, that's fine. But let's make tackles and hit our assignments. Limit the sloppy play.
- Defensive Line - Have they earned the right to rush 4?
- Secondary - How's our coverage?
The reason I have DLine and Secondary at the bottom is because even if they play well...there will be some "it's just CMU" in there so the questions won't be completely answered. This is also the same reason I didn't list the #2 WR (Darboh's replacement)...I think it'll take more than one game to figure out if we have that spot covered.
aggressive defense. The thing that stands out to me about the '97 team and the '06 team was the aggressiveness of the defense. Guys were flying around and kicking the living shit out of our opponents. If we can do that, with this three deep rotation up front, then we're on track for a run at the B1G.
I've been wondering if we will focus more on the timing of the pass game or work on the run game. I will be watching Jehu, Glasgow and Miller on offense. On defense it will be our DEs and Jarrod Wilson.
Want to see Pipkins become a star because he's funny. And I'm praying Devin is all that. I think he is, but want to see it.
Also, the O Line.
I'll also be watching the DL, mostly the tackles. Not because I'm concerned about it at all (they might be the best position group on the team) but because that's the area I enjoy keying on the most. Love run defense.
Also - you spelled Pimpkins wrong.
mattison just compared the d line to the 97 line, I want qb pressure.
Indeed D Line, I am hoping we can hold gaps well so the LBs to flow and fill.
I feel like our biggest concerns over the course of the year will be the Secondary...the interior o-line is not as bad as everyone thinks they might be, I have faith in Kalis and Glasgow...I am more concerned about Wilson getting burned deep as he has in the past
OLine needs to be in the neighborhood of dominant over CMU, or the ND game could get spooky.
I still think our D carries us over the Irish.
Total thermonuclear destruction. That is all.
is the game itself. I'm traveling to Arizona on vacation...I'll be on the ground by gametime, but not sure if I will find it anywhere. I have a tablet, so thoughts on streaming?
I think the game is on BTN, so download that app if you haven't already and just watch it from there.
Can't if you have Comcast. Like me. Fucking Comcast.
Umm I believe You can know. I just set mine BTN2go account up. And Comcast is an available provider.
I will be watching the game from a beach in Costa Rica thanks to the B1G2GO app and my local comcast xfinity provider. It's also coincidentally the only stream I can get internationally so for once I'm happy the game is on BTN.
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(Response to all above with suggestions)
I want to see how well the linebackers fill. I'm tired of concrete feet linebackers.
I'm anxious to see the 3 interior lineman and see how much movement they can get.
I want to see Taylor Lewan powerbomb a defensive end. Sorry Kenny McClendon.
That always fills me with a lot of confidence.
1. Defensive Line pressure
2. Who will get some serious snaps after Fitz?
3. SPECIAL TEAMZZZ
The somewhat forgotten man at WDE is pivotal, but I think at least some of the Clark-to-3T move is based on confidence in MO. If he can be a pass rush force, we go from Clark alone to having two attack points (assuming on some passing downs they're both in), and then when Ryan gets back it becomes very interesting. Some combination of two or three of Clark/Black/Ojemudia/Ryan can do some damage, especially if Ryan comes in at MLB at times at offers a blitz option. If Taco develops later in the year and Cam Gordon comes to play, pass rush may be OK.
But if Ojemudia is a really solid second pass rush threat, the D can really improve this year.
I agree MO is the best guy on D nobody's talking about. He was so good he played as a true frosh at 230 pounds. Usually you don't see the field if you are one of those things, but he was both and got solid PT.
Now that he's older and bigger, I think we'll see special things from him.
The backups in the second quarter.
Anything else would be a disaster.
I'll be looking to see if there is a noticable difference in team speed on defense, the whole interior line thing, and toughness from the waterboy.
Line play on both sides of the ball. If you want to play manball that's where it all begins.
Weellllll, you know... fundamentals, technique, and physicalness.
Are we talking about the game or the post-game after party at Ricks?
NO... JUST PAD LEVEL!!!!
On Offense: Fitz's productivity is reflective of the offensivel line and the much discussed interior. Also, as we saw in 2011, a healthy, productive Fitz = good things
On Defense: our Secondary. Its been awhile since we have seen a solid to semi-dominant secondary. We have seen signs of it the past two years but it has been infrequent. Hopefully this is the year that their effectiveness is more sustainable.
1. Offensive line dominance. CMU doesn't have the guys who can stand up to doubles and Michigan will try their power game on for size. If the new interior OL isn't pushing the Chips around they certainly won't be able to do so against ND, who has the best DL in college football this year.
2. #2 receiver. This is when we see if Chesson is ready to be that deep threat. Can he find the ball? Can he bring it in? He should be able to get over the top--I want to see if Michigan can take advantage when he does. Funchess ought to have a good day working the middle of the field.
3. Strong safety. Wilson: you're up. Obviously the coaches were unhappy with him the last few weeks so here is his chance to really see some snaps and get up to speed. Nothing like game experience for breaking in a safety; there's a reason they're usually not much to look at before their upperclassman years.
4. Jibreel Black. This is a power running game against decent OL and a legit power running back. If Black can really play 3-tech against such things he will have to show it now. Prediction: lots of rotation in that spot.
YOU MEAN FREE SAFETY, RIGHT???
/reignites Seth/Heiko gchat fight.
ALL THE PLAYERS!!!
I want to see him run (scramble or otherwise). If he does well to avoid contact, then I will be so happy. If not...my jimmies will be rustled.
What the coach is looking for is to win the game. They likely hope they can get to some things, experiment a bit, etc., but the key objective is to win and that must happen first and foremost.
The MGoCoach in me is looking for mostly a very fundamental game plan. Work on the go-to plays in the playbook and simplified pass schemes to get some run at those in a game situation. Lots of Power, some draws, lots of simple play action hitch and slant type patterns. They'll take a few shots deep to see where they're at in pass pro and to see if receivers and QBs are reading the defense correctly. But other than that it should be a fairly simple game plan focusing with a focus on minimizing mental errors and winning individual match-ups.
1. Interior OL
2. More interior OL
3. Even more interior OL
The most recent line I have seen is around 31.5. Do we cover the spread?? I am tempted, but I am thinking no.
But really, I look for a win aided by fundamental and intelligent play.
I see a 35-6 win.
I think we enter the 4th on pace for that kind of win, but somewhere in the late 3rd or early 4th quarter, Mattison rotates in all the younger guys on the depth chart and CMU finds the endzone once.
I believe the lines will be the key this season.. I know you can pretty much say that every season but we have a young and talented DLINE with depth and finally some OLINE depth as well. I think with Lewan coming back and leading these guys the OLINE can be special.
I hope they show everything they got on defense and make ND prepare for it.
Watching the game as a fan will be my primary focus on Saturday. But if/when I get a chance to re-watch the game in the coming days:
1.) How does the O-Line perform, particularly the interior? We'll be fine on the edges, but seeing as how CMU doesn't have the personnel to compete with us, I'm looking for true dominance on the line as a sign of progression since last year.
2.) Does Clark live up to the hype? Again, its against CMU, but will he still be living in the opposing backfield for the day?
3.) Is Fitz back to 2011 form? Sounds like he might be, but all his rehab will be for naught if our O-Line can't get any push again.
4.) Will either Reynolds/Chesson establish themselves as the #2 man so we can all stop worrying about who else Gardner can throw to?
5.) Stay healthy, Gardner. Stay healthy.
if not as a fan. CMU is not Notre Dame. You ought to be able to assess pretty fairly whether the Oline is working, the Dline is getting push and rush, and whether the secondary can cover and keep plays in front of them. I mean basically, outside of individual performances by freshmen, and improved or meh play by certain guys, you want to see scoring efficiency and a defense that gets off the field after third down.
Of course, you won't need replay to determine whether this defense is playing fast, turning the other team over and taking the ball away and whether Gardner is moving the offense and where he's doing it. So, you will enjoy the game as it unfolds and then break it down postgame like the coaches and analysts do.
And then you'll worry about next Saturday night when this audition becomes the first seasonal test.
Glasgow - Miller- Kalis
OL, DL, 3rd down conversions, red zone efficiency, points
Rotation on the DL - Who gets the most snaps of Henry, Wormley, Charlton, and Ojemudia?
Interior OL combo blocks - Who is better: Kalis-Miller or Glasgow-Miller? This will be especially important against ND.
Chesson - How good is his pass blocking and how is his route running?
Gardner's feet - Is he more comfortable setting his feet and how are his throws on timing routes?
Both our OL and DL need to dominate. Going against a team like CMU in the first game I would love to see us just run the ball up the gut 30 straight times like Wiscy did to us 4 years ago. Ok, that would be kind of boring....however, i want to see us be able to manhandle them on both sides of the ball.
I want to see if our D can strip the ball and get more Interceptions this year. We have been good on D but I want to see if we take the next step and be great.
Running backs. Is Fitz back to 2011 form? Out of Hayes/Green/Smith who sees the most production at this point?
and then probably how Cam Gordon/Brennen Beyer does in JMFR's absence. Blake Countess will also hopefully be back to his awesome self
Post-game posbang! (wait . . . I haz a sad)
Really want to see all three phases look good. 3 and outs on D. Sustained drives with some of this vertical passing and play action we've been hearing about. I also want to see Wile punt the bejesus out of the football.
Good weather and a dominating win.
I want to see the offensive scheme now that Denard Robinson is out of the picture. I don't think we'll just be able to line up and overpower people, so how does Borges utilize Gardner, Toussaint, Gallon, Funchess, etc. to the best of their abilities?
Defensive line. There is so much hype surrounding them and all we heard was about how much depth we have. I wanna see this line in action
Dad took my bro and I to a game I think in 1999 or 2000 (don't remember much, I was 5-6 years old) and Idk the last my mom was at.
I want the parents to enjoy themselves, and I want to see the defense stop Zurlon Tipton
How the OL and the DL perform when not lined up across from each other. We need an A grade DL and a B grade OL (at least)
1. No draws on 3rd and long
2. Play action on 1st down
3. Screens of any sort would be nice
4. Guards pulling and actually hitting their assignments
5. Ability to move the line of scrimmage on 2nd/3rd and short.
How the O-line performs will be the first thing I look at. Obviously more so the interior. If they can't dominate CMU up front then I'll start to get nervous for ND.
Next is the DL. I want to see QB pressure like crazy. More specifically I want to see Clark rise up to the hype he's been gathering.
Finally I'll be watching for freshman contributors. Taco, Dymonte, and Green/Smith particularly.
Also how much Devin has improved. And if Jehu can be a deep threat. And if they use Funchess properly. And how well Wilson does in the secondary. And if Fitz/Countess are truly back. SO MANY THINGS TO LOOK FOR. I will be in a comatose state all Saturday.
Our punt coverage was poor to bad last year. Too often we gave up easy yards on the transition and played behind on field position. Our punters do a good to great job getting the ball downfield, it would be nice to see a significant improvement in coverage. Helps your defense immediately if you don't cede 10+ yards per transition.
a really big play takes place?
Like others, offensive line play will be something I would be watching - the downhill running that we are rediscovering is going to rely a lot on how well the interior OL holds up. As for that running game, the RB rotation will be interesting to see after Fitz - it was a fairly long list on the depth chart, so it will be interesting to get a glimpse into who they like best out there in, say, 3rd down situations (not that I expect the need for innovation against CMU).
I am rather curious to see what LB play looks like without Ryan for the time being, but I am not worried about effectiveness so much as curious to see who gets rotated in and out. The secondary might be interesting too, as it seems like there were one or two spots with an "either/or" scenario for the start. I don't know if we'll see it in the CMU game, but I would curious to see who is in the nickel package as well.
1. Pass rush
2. No big plays
I believe the O-line will get where it needs to be, but I want this team to hang its hat on defense.
Special teams blocking. I want to see Norfleet busting a long punt or KO return with the help of some effective special teams blocking.
- I want to see Michigan dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
- I want to see Manball in action: Kalis going to Lewan actually working....preferably with Kalis getting to the LOS before Fitz (or Drake, or Derrick, or DeVeon or Tom)
- I want to see Michigan's defense being fast (preferablly the regular players not giving up a TD) and scheme sound.
- I want to see the 4th quarter go by quickly, cause Michigan is running clock, and about mid way, i'd like to see young players in the game getting PT and experience.
The OL. I'm expecting some growing pains throughout the year, but them to get better as the season goes on.
Looking for new home so I will be looking at 3 houses (before noon) on Saturday
Other than that, bubble screens
honestly, right now my only real concern for this team is Jarrod Wilson and TE blocking(only slightly) (also Devin's health)....seems like a lot of shuffling going on back there and the past decade has not been nice to our safeties for the most part.
I think the reason we haven't gotten consistent D Line pressure in the past 5 years was depth....we have that now. That means lots of fresh and faster bodies and more mixed packages across the front to confuse the opposing O-lines a bit. Twists and stunts for days in a nickel package on 3rd down.
Only O line game I'm worried about is Notre Dame becasue it's early...i think they will out-physical the crap out of CMU, and gel and improve with each game.
According to MaizeMan over at GMBWolverine, the depth and phyicallness of both lines far surpasses anything we have seen in quite a while, at least since '06. He also said he hasn't been this excited about a squad since 2003, and we probably should have only lost to USC that year. And apparently Mattison is making 97 d-line comparsions...good sign.
A lot of people are freaking out about our receivers sukcing...but Gallon has proved himself. Dileo is a sneaky bastard. I hear Chesson is a burner and he has good scrimmage film against a good defense. Reynolds looks servicable, jury is out on Jackson still. Plus we have a proven pass catching tight end in Funchess, AJ Williams as a backup at 265 (blocker hopefully), and Butt seems to be all over the practice film getting open and has great hands and size, plus he performed well in the spring game.
Needless to say, I am not too concerned about this team...the only matchup the whole season where they might be overmatched is ND on the defensive front against our O-line, and that is yet TBD...i just think that game is a slugfest and a toss up. Every single game is very winnable with no most-likely losses...it's been a long time since we could honsetly say that. Our team just has to be ready and focused each game though, unlike many Carr teams. I think we have the staff and squad to do it big this year (and years to come) and be in Indy in December.
With all that said....knock on wood. go blue.
NORFLEET! return for a touchdown.
Accuracy and timing on offense...fitz break a big run and juke someone out of their shoes.
and outs for our defense, and plenty of 1st downs for our offense, both in the air and on the ground. In short, I am looking for domination, especially in the trenches.
After reading Brian's less than positive piece on Clark, I'll keep my eye on him.
Clark, that is.
Gardner accurracy and interior D-line penetration.
I'll be looking to see if Al's "Manball" offense looks more like the '08 Cap One Bowl offense than it does a DeBord 2.0 offense . . . run twice up the middle for 2 yards, pass to the flat on third and 8 for only 6 yards, punt on fourth and 2 even inside the 35. Anything but that.
I'll be looking for "SmartManball".
Like everyone else I want to see the interior of the offensive line play well. To expand further on that, I want it to look like Touissant is back to his old form because he gets a lot of yards up the middle, which everyone knows is all on the interior. In my mind that is everything this year. A good running game up the middle controls almost everything about the game. The clock, how much our defense is on the field, Gardner's safety, and giving our receivers room.
Most excited to see all the new talent debut (specifically Dymonte, Taco, Jehu and Kalis) but I'm expecting the following:
1) Dominant interior running game
2) No blown coverages. The individual talent on the DL and secondary is improved / more experienced and that should translate to a much better pass defense. Big plays due to mental mistakes (against an inferior opponent) would be troubling.
3) Multiple TE's having an impact in the passing game
Will Fitz and company establish a strong running game for the pro style offense?
Will the absence of Jake Ryan be notable?
First and foremost will be Devin's playing. I have full confidence in him, but I want to see how much he has progressed now that he has had a full off season knowing he is the starter.
Offensive line is the second thing I want to see. Some thing they will not be excellent, but I think they will be good. In particular, I want to see how Kyle Kalis has progressed.
Third is the defensive line. They were pretty good last year, but I expect them to be better this year.
I'll be either streaming the game or listening to it on Sirius/XM radio.
Post-game numbers I'll look for:
- Offensive yards on 1st down -- this is a proxy for OL and RB production.
- Offensive 3rd down conversion -- ditto
The above numbers will indicate the health of the running game. If the running game is healthy, then Gardner's passing opportunities should open up and those numbers will follow and be good as well.
- Defensive 3rd down conversion -- rough proxy of overall defensive effectiveness
- Defensive sacks -- as indication of effectiveness of pressure
- Defensive tackles by position group -- as rough measure of D-Line effectiveness
The ideal is a very low percent of 3rd down allowed, and most of our tackles being made by the defensive line personnel.
This is finally Al's offense, right? I have not recovered yet from the 2nd half of the OSU game.
I'm interested to see how the newer players do:
- Glasgow . . . does he get push? Help in the pulling, creating holes?
- Miller . . . snapping ability, connection with Devin, creating space.
- Funchess . . . does he block better? Is he targeted more?
- Chesson & Reynolds . . . catch anything? In the game?
- Green & Smith . . . any decent runs?
- Heitzman & Wormley: who gets penetration?
- Black & Henry: what are they doing?
- Clark: is he consistent? Is he getting pressure?
- Wilson & Clark: Kovacs was a huge loss. How are our safeties doing?
- Stribling, Hollowell, Thomas. How much do they see the field? How much do they stand out.
The one general area I'm interested in, beyond the new players, is special teams. Does our coverage improve? How does Norfleet do on returns?
is Drake Johnson really second on the depth chart?
Not the pistol. Don't give ND any scouting material and unleash a chunk of 10-12 plays on them in two weeks. /Not looking ahead
so I will miss the game entirely (not even a cell signal available).
I'll record it, and my secondary interest after winning will be whether Shane gets over/under 15 min of (non injury) game action.
Free safety play is a big concern...can Wilson get the job done? Will having Countess back and Taylor more experienced plug some of the holes we had last year?
Can we pressure their QB without blitzing? If we can't do it against Central, not a good sign..