Ask Shane if he wants to start. When he says, "no way", ask for other "volunteers".
Ask Shane if he wants to start. When he says, "no way", ask for other "volunteers".
Well, even though none of these teams beat Ohio State obviously, I suppose the first step is to watch film on the teams which were most successful against Ohio State.
If we go by the conference schedule, those teams would perhaps be Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin and Northwestern as all three of these teams put up 24 or more points on the Buckeyes. Focus on their scoring drives and see what we can do that might be comparable within the skillset of the personnel that we have.
To me, this is the essential first step - benchmark our tendencies against what other teams have done to be reasonably successful (if not ultimately so) against OSU. We have a defense good enough to slow them down some, so now we need to figure out how to creep up on them - a frontal assault doesn't seem like it would work (i.e, I-Formation, inside run).
Is what Meyer will look at and pivot on yardage, field position, and situation.
I will make the offensive line focus on only one thing this week. Pass protection. I would make the RB understand only how to pass protect and catch passes out of the backfield. I would focus on making Gardner work through reads 1 to 3. I would line up jeremy jackson at the first read if I had to force Gardner to look at anyone outside of Gallon and Funchess. I would make Toussaint play slot with Dileo. I would use Dileo if I could. I wouldnt practice a run at practice this week.
I would cut out any sort of power play unless in short yardage. Even then, Devin would be in the pistol. I would make sure Devin Gardner never loses sight of the field via play action unless I have passed 3 times successfully before. I would not let funchess line up as a blocker on anyone that is 10 pounds lighter than he is and 3 inches shorter. I will allow gardner to do his crazy spin thing in the backfield.
Therefore, minimizing negative yardage plays and embarassing himself further. Sorry, I just don't think Al is creative enough to help us this week. What he should do is throw deep often and hope for some nice catches and interference calls.
Run Green up the gut when the defense has 9 in the box for a zero gain. I love that play.
Short, quick passes. Run some hurry up. And don't run the option with the fullback as the pitch man!!!
Almost made me shart yesterday. Almost.
Yes, that was Al Borges trickery at its finest!!! Joey Kerridge as the pitch man. I never saw that coming!
Yeah, I didn't understand that play. I think if it was Toussaint as the option man, the play would have been successful because the corner would have been turned.
knowing that it could not possibly be any worse or more predictable than playcalling has been all season, I'd use twitter to allow fans to call the plays.
#RunLeft #RunMiddle #RunRight
Resign..get the hell out of dodge
should involve me texting in the play calls.
EDIT -- I charge nothing for this service.
Outsouce my job to someone more competent
don't forget about the ultra effective 10-seconds-to-develop play action pass into double coverage. Gotta do that one at least five times. Oh yeah, and the RB screen where blocking is optional. That's good for at least three tries. Or the QB Special where we just let Devin do whatever feels clever and let him get sacked for a 9 yard loss. But we gotta save that one for the fourth quarter.
EDIT -- and all plays must be snapped with less than 4 seconds to go on the play clock. This is important! Go as slow as humanly possible. With any luck the crowd may fall asleep and voila we automatically look better as an offense.
Give the defense as much rest as possible - each offensive snap with 1 second on the play clock.
ManBall? I mean... Michigan get godsakes ?
It is incredibly obvious that we have zero % chance of sustaining a drive. Just go shotgun four flys every single play and have Gardner chuck it to the least covered dude before he gets drilled. Maybe you hit on two or three out of fifty and score 17. Hope the defense plays well and maybe we only lose by 31.
offensive wrinkle in the first half, like a stretch counter, that nets us enough positive yards to make the fans believe there is a game plan. After Ohio adjusts to it in the 2nd or 3rd quarter keep running it for -2 yards over and over the rest of the game.
As Al Borges, I would send out 12 men every down, where one is dressed in an OSU jersey (conveniently, this player is lined up on the opponents' sideline, with up to 20 teammates). Then use whatever gameplan that has been repped in practice (I know this already, given my existing gameplans from previous weeks). OSU will now either get called for too many men on the field or will be forced to defend with 10 men, assisting tremendously in our success.
If the opponents get aggressive and try to forcefully keep my disguised players off the field, I will instruct the player to resist and fight back. OSU receives a 15-yard penalty and (possibly) has the instigating player ejected.
If the above doesn't work, I will send out 13 men, where two are dressed in OSU jerseys. I will continue adding additional players until the offense is successful.
Now THAT's what I'm talking about. Crazy and inventive.
On the old Hollywood Squares gameshow, which is just tic-tac-toe, whenever a contestant would do something bat-shit crazy, the MC would not call them out in public. Instead he would gently say "Interesting strategy. This could work out."
Interesting strategy, MGoNukeE. This could work out.
Throw everything including the kitchen sink at em. I wouldn't run the ball until the 2nd half. Have a trick play ready for every other down. Do an onside kick on every chance during the first and third quarters. Execute option plays on every other odd possession and under center plays on the even possessions except for 4 and shorts, in which I'd run a double pitch option similar to what Nebraska did to us in 2011.
In the second half, only play hurry up offense. Get the play off within 20 seconds with only quick throws, screens, and jet sweeps as the play calls. Also, go for two on every touchdown in the second half.
That would be my game strategy if I were Al Borges this week.
these coaches can't get these players to run and block effectively on basic plays given hundreds of practice reps over the season. yet, trick plays are to be excuted in just a week of practice. face it, al borges has no chance of calling a game that we can win unless the defense scores for us. al, funk and jackson obviously can't coach fundamentals. that said, the D was just one add'l score away from winning the game in iowa city.
Call in sick.
that Mattison's defense and the special teams can score 20-30 points.
You spend the whole game in shotgun 5 wide and pray that Devin morphs into Aaron Rodgers.
Line up facing the wrong direction. Fumble on purpose. Hope ohio picks it up and runs the wrong direction. When their player drops the ball after he thinks he scored a touchdown, sneak in and pick it up for 6!
What's so hard about this?
Is the A-11 legal in college?
1. Wildcat. I do like that idea with a direct snap to Green. Get an extra TE out there, make it a run-read play and let Green do a read on where the line has gone soft or blown open. It might be a LB waiting right there but that guy's at least on the other side of the LOS. No DE are going to be able to scrape back due to the width of the formation, and thus all blocks can be straight ahead. Green's going inside. Use Norfleet or Chesson and run the same play except outside with speed.
2. Taylor Lewan as Fullback. Yep, you read it right here, I want a 300 lb masher with blood streaming from his forehead to get a 5 yd running start and go flying horizontal on the opposing defender at times. I dare Shazier to get in the way. He might be slow but something's going to open. Green just has to stay off his heels and not roll over his ankles.
3. Taylor Lewan as pulling guard. Again its OK if he's slow, I just want my most massive and strongest player taking 2 shuffles to his right and then blow out the player in front. Kerridge can then follow, and Green after that.
4. Butt. We have to use him more on short passes. Not sure of the routes but this is Funchess 2.0 where he showed promise early and then disappeared in the second half of the year. Funchess' best ability is the crackback block, so let him go downfield and then maul someone unsuspecting from the backside.
5. Chesson. We must target him deep to open up corner coverage. Granted there might not be time to watch him go open and then fire. Make it a timing play when you see man coverage or the safety cheating run, so there's not any deep help, throw to a "corner" of a multiple of a 10 yard line and the sideline just like the back corner of the endzone throw. Loft it up and let Chesson run under it.
6. Wile throw on a punt situation. Identical to Rudock's play on the 1st down throw that sealed the game. Tuck it under, let defenders come at you. Stop, set, throw over the defenders to Dileo or someone waiting about 5-7-10 yards downfield. Key detail: Ya first gotta get him the miniature QB shoulder pads that let a guy actually throw the ball.
(realizing this is offense but I'm on a roll here...GMatt probably has it figured out)
7. Defense is going to be tighter coverage and blitzes from all over. LB flowing downhill at the snap to take away Hyde when its obvious run. On the blitz CB must jam the WR like mad at the LOS to keep them from going deep/open in man coverage. In obvious pass situations, I'd use a combination of delayed LB blitz plus overload outside the DE with faster players. The idea being to put pressure on Miller when he's going to pass, keep speedy guys to hawk him when he pulls it down to run.
8. Once the blitzes start working, then throw in a mix of some soft coverage schemes just to keep them guessing.
Anyone want to nominate Dump the Dope for 2014 OC? 8-D I think its a pay raise and I'll take the job if Hoke calls me. I only live 15 minutes from the stadium.
Ask Gerg to borrow Dr. Vorax the stuffed beaver. That little guy has seemed to work wonders at Texas.
What the hell does Big Al have to lose? He's either fired after this season, or taking Brady down with him if Brady refuses to can his butt.
What freaking pressure does the guy have now anyway?
Everyone expects a 150 yds showing for the game.
All iso's, all the time. It'll catch them off guard.
I began watching the Michigan game after the score was 21-21; My 1st thought was "Hey, Michigan's offense scored some touchdowns!!! WooHooo!!! Then, my father explained that 1 TD was scored by Beyer, & the another TD was a direct result of an interception (Countess?). So I was quickly broght back down to earth, to the reality of Michigan's offense, to the fact that Michigan scored 6 points versus the Iowa defense.... All I know is that after the M game I watched most of 2 other games, Oklahoma State vs Baylor, & Arizona State vs UCLA.... and during those games I had 2 impressions: 1) All 4 of those teams would soundly defeat Michigan. And, 2) All 4 of those offensive coaches do a better job than Michigans offensive coaches.
4 or 5 wide all day with one to three of the WRs running flys. This would be the set on 95% of all play calls.
The other 5% can be whatever Borges wants as long as it is not (a) stretch, (b) fullback option, (c) any running play into an 8+ man box.
Single coverage on Funchess is our great hope. Arm punt it and hope for a catch or a PI.
Start packing up my office.
Just a thought....
I think our only hope is that we have practiced several " trick plays" all year just for OSU. Be it by a player that hasn't played much or special teams. Also scrap a running game the whole first half. Have Devin in shotgun with two fullbacks. Either way Borges needs to do at least two touchdowns on the board for us to keep it close.
"Borges resigned from Auburn December 10, 2007, after a steady decline in the team's offensive production, before the team's appearance in the New Year's Eve Chick-Fil-A Bowl."
The strategy of keeping the ball out of the hands of the OSU offense depends on Michigan getting first downs ... which they're awful at ... so that strategy won't work.
Borges's best hope is for a shoot-out. Gardner is more comfortable in that kind of game anyway. So go wide-open and live or die on that. Any other approach fails.
(Predictor: if we see Gardner under center even once, game over. I'm totally serious.)
Go down swinging.
PS -- Am I the only one on this site who sees every click result in "Connection Timeout" ... every action requiring 30+ seconds of waiting and retries? It's almost unusable lately.
Yeah, at least I'd rather lose an Indiana-type game or Notre Dame-type game than an Iowa-type game or a Nebraska-type game. At least it's more entertaining for the fans that show up.
And we actually won the Indiana and Notre Dame-type games, so who knows?
I like that better. Changed it.
I’d embrace Kafka’s existential attitude and embody the true sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently absurd game. I’d play all the defensive players in offensive positions. Make Wile our QB and suit up the cheerleaders. How could it be any worse? Finally, I'd go for it on 4th and 20 and then turn around and punt on 1st down. Put Defense back in and let them all play 60 minutes. Ryan at fullback...then parapent from the pressbox onto Stadium Blvd into a waiting car. It would be a great story...
Al Borges thought bubbles from Monday strategy session.
"We're going to need to try something different on the first series:
Then for the rest of the first half, I'm just going to call the same plays, but I'll get sneaky and change the order we run them in. Oh and in between series, I'll go get some brain food from the snack bar... mmm nachos.
At half-time, I'll put Lewan at RT and move Schofield to RG. Then I'll move Glasgow to TE so I can have Kalis play C. Magnusen will play LG and we'll have Butt play LT. Then they'll think we're running right, but we'll actually run to left. They will be so confused - it will be genius!"
And by ever I mean if we have a decent running game (hahaha) then maybe do a PA pass in a short yardage situation, but that's IT.
Then interim OC Coach Hecklinski should run a controlled no huddle offense to give DG more time to read the defense.