Ooo, risky answer.
chance of bowl: 13.6%
Ooo, risky answer.
i know carr ran it every once in awhile, but the qb quick passes out ot the left then runs to the right sideline and the WR throws it back to him.....if it worked for Navarre, Henson, Brady i cant imagine it not wokring once or twice for Denard
The defensive unit scoring some pick 6's. That would be some sweet offense!
3 Yards and a cloud of dust...thats what I want to see!!!
If we turn into 3 yards and a cloud of dust, I will probably lose a lot of interest; It's bad enough watching us play Wisconsin every year.
Aggressive toughness, with smashmouth Big Ten aggressiveness and toughness. And bigger.
Haven't seen a trick play in 3 years! Double reverse or a throwback to Denard! How about flea flicker?
I would like to see a little more power run game and a little less designed runs for denard. With that said, I would like denard to take off more from the pocket instead of forcing passes.
That sounds like a recipe for success!
If I could just get the sense that each and every player knew their assignment and I felt comfortable that we weren't risking a turnover every play I'd be happy.
The old-fashion "double pass" play that Michigan's used forever. Basically, Denard throws a screen, and then the WR throws it back to a wide open Denard.
PA Roll-outs with Denard's speed would be dangerous. He also seems to throw accurately from a run.
Denard needs to know when to get out of bounds, and not take needless hits. An extra 4 yards (in most situations) is not worth him going head-on with a linebacker.
Drops were huge last season and that could definitely use improvement. I lost count of the number of times Denard made a perfect throw and it was just not caught despite being very catchable.
I'd also like to see more post catch ninja skills like Hemingway vs Illinois.
And lastly, as much as I like Vincent Smith overall, I'd like to NOT see him on a 3rd and 1 situation.
Can we please get someone to kick a field goal? Is there a stud on the M soccer team that could kick for us? Did you know that OSU's kicker is 27 years old? When are we going to start paying for players again? This is clearly the only way to win - ask Cam Newton and his Dad.
...as a "must have" for every lineman (both offense and defense) going forward. We need more mental toughness in the trenches. Maybe Hoke's 9-on-7 drills will help instill this?
His "mental toughness" led to a lot of stupid penalties.
1000 yards rushing out of a single running back. This will give us 9 to 10 wins.
no, it won't.
I disagree. With our offensive talent, a legitimate backfield threat other than our Quarterback will allow our offense to get over the hump and actually score points instead of churn yardage. Do you have an actual opinion on this?
1000 rushing yards does not translate to wins. Last year, UConn had 2 rushers get over 1000 yards and went 8-5.
Remember that there's this thing called defense. Remember also that this offense will look considerably different next season.
...is every drive result in no penalties and a touchdown.
Well... you asked!
average starting field position
3rd down conversions
2. RBs that can carry the ball more than three times without getting hurt.
3. A staff that won't keep Stephen Hopkins on the bench in favor of VS on third-and-one.
1. Better production from RBs in terms of stats.
2. A Dynamic Running Back to emerge, and to not only be consistent but dynamic at RB.
3. More motion a la Auburn and Oregon.
4. I don't care about how often we go to I formation/ under center, but it needs to be more effective when we go to it (see 1&2).
5. An upperclassmen starting at QB (check).
....and really a QB who is a little slower, I mean Denard's ridiculous speed is interfering with my desire to watch conservative MANBALL next fall : D
3. See #1, #2
This x a gazillion
I don't want to see Michigan running their smallest guy (V. Smith) into the line on third and short. That was pretty infuriating and never worked.
Some out routes.
I would like to see more positive plays by the Eb's. Minimize denard injuries by limiting the designed runs.
Balanced attack with multiple formations. Stop the mistakes. Score points when opportunity arises. Hit some people hard.
Definitely more of a power running game. Also need to develop more shorter routes that aren't just bubble screens. A lot more slants and 5-10 yard crossing routes would be nice.
and we rode it to a national championship in 1997: naked bootleg with a pass option to a wide open TE. This was Griese's bread and butter and I can't imagine not scoring a TD every time with Denard having the option to run it up the sideline or pass it to a wide open TE.
Please, Santa, I've been a good boy this year (so far). Make it happen.
When you have a consistent threat when you hand it off. So yeah, I'd love to see it too, but it's not gonna happen until a real threat at RB emerges.
This past year, the most effective version of this we had was Denard starting to run and then throwing to a wide-open WR or TE. Early in the season, this was near unstoppable. Later on it was stoppable, though, and I think the fact that the naked bootleg is so high percentage makes it desirable. But as it stands, LBs will just follow Denard and the DBs crowd the field right in front of him so he throws an INT. If someone in the backfield becomes a 20 carry/100 yards a game type, then this becomes a serious option.
Then there's the second problem, which is that you need to line up under center and hand off a bunch before you can run this effectively. We'll probably do more of that this year, and do it more effectively, but as soon as we lined up under center last year things got ugly. Another reason why we didn't run this play, and preferred other types of fake-the-run-throw-the-pass plays.
Finally, Denard needs to really learn when it's best to run and when it's best to pass. As promising of a QB as he is, his decision-making skills need improvement. His biggest advantage in the waggle/naked bootleg would be faking out the defense one way or the other, a la Vince Young. He's not good at that yet.
that is all
The turnover ratio would be first.
Second would be a consistent lead RB who can get at least 4 on first down, and who can convert in the red-zone and on short-yardage downs.
... throw to an OPEN Maize and Blue guy, or pull it down and run, or throw it OB.
(I think we beat MSU that way...).
throw it ACCURATELY to an open guy.
Roundtree was open at least twice against MSU and Denard just threw behind him.
I pulled my hair out several times when he was stuffed on third and one.
I'd like to see us do something in the red zone. Something that doesn't end in a missed FG or a turnover.
We had some of the worst red zone offence that I have ever seen. We couldn't score any touchdowns in the red zones and it was horrible. I hope that Hoke can fix that up.
Field goal tries that don't spike my blood pressure.