"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
You are Al Borges for this week. What is your game plan to beat Ohio State?
Sorry, that was a little harsh. I saw red.
Call and beg Cam Cameron to come and take my job and house.
Really: Run on 1st down. If Green gets 3-4 yards, you can run again or a short pass or screen.
ALWAYS pass on third down unless it is 3rd and 1. And I mean short passes like a slant.
Hey, it worked on NCAA 14. I beat iowa 39-38 in 2OT going for 2 & the win on my Friday night simulation game.
cam cameron is another mediocre coach.
What he was able to do with Joe Flacco (SuperBowl Champ) and now Zach Mettinberger, his ability to coach the QB position is far beyond mediocre.
Do know the Ravens fired him because of his lack of offense? Then they won the superbowl!
I mean, might as well make Fred Jackson the OC again if we're fixing to dial up Cam Cameron and go all out to rehash the 90s.
3-yard screen passes on every 3rd and 8, just like the old days!
Too late to make big changes, this offense is what it is.
Kill my family.
You really seem to thrive after Michigan loses. It's almost like it gives you new energy and excitement.
Pray for a lightning strike.
This week it's finally going to work, no one will expect it - just have to execute!
Is if you, M-Dog, were actually Al Borges and came onto this board to ask us all what to do. It would make sense because Borges is clueless and needs help.
I'm not Al Borges. No, not me. That would be crazy. I'd never do anything like that. Not me.
So, um, anyway, if I was Al Borges, what would you do?
You know, I'm just asking. Just for fun and all. I don't really care about your opinions on a blog. Especially your opinions about 3rd and long.
I'm kidding haha, sorry
That's OK. Mattison busts my ass all the time, er, I mean my wife busts my ass all the time.
So, about 3rd and long?
Alright. I think I posted this further down the thread but it's genius so it bears repeating
1. Run QB sneak with the strongest linemen and Derrick Green as the wildcat QB every single play. This will help prevent long third downs
2. Wait until the last second to get every play off. This will make the game shorter
3. Ohio is unable to score as much, and it gives the defense a chance to win the game with pick-sixes
I'll run it past Coach Hoke, er, I mean, my boss in Accounting.
You gonna eat that?
I was thinking the same thing. Imagine if big al actually was so lost he came here to ask for advice. I'm sure it would work better then what he has come up with all year
Run the ball up the middle all game, they'll never see it coming.
Lots of cute and predictable responses to this thread already I see.
I would take your suggestion and go NASCAR in the 2nd and 4th quarters. For the 1st and 3rd quarters, I would have Mattison watch all the offensive film on Michigan and consult on where the tendencies and predicatbility lie. Then I would set up specific fakes and misdirection to take advantage of a team being prepared for those
And snark-free. Bravo.
I really hope that he has not waited this whole season to do it but if he has... please oh please let this work.
If not they can just keep running it up the middle on ISO play because that seems to work.
/s (not really)
This is a great idea. Please get this to AL Borges today somehow. Being serious, this is a great idea
If im al im calling Mouse Davis
Start all underclassmen on the team while keeping out the upperclassmen from the game because of "team misconduct". Then, after an 80 point loss, say youth was the reason. Job saved
Is his job really in the crosshairs? Everyone seems so certain he will be back next year regardless. We need trick plays and turnovers to win this game. Tempo and spreading the field, no more than 10 called run plays to keep either defense honest but limit our negative plays
He could be shown the door if the showing against Ohio is ridiculously bad. So his job is a little bit in the crosshairs.
This has been the worst offensive production since, dare I say '08. We are at the bottom of 120 damn teams in the FBS for plays of negative yardage which does not even include the FCS (which may put us at around 250 however many schools there are in the FCS).
This is just unacceptable!!! Arrggrgggrhagagaah.
I cannot even believe the state of our offense. We have an amazing D and that is with a horrible offense so think of how much better our D would be with an average to OK O!
Yeah I would say... unless he wins this week, which would be awesome but highly unlikely, he is done as soon as the bowl is over, if not before.
I'm pretty sure the season numbers don't bear that out, but with historically bad QB play, and an o-line barely better than today's, I'm oretty sure there was never a four game or even two game stretch of futility like we have now.
I would run alot of zone stretch on first down..2nd and 12 I would run Devin read option and on 3rd and 14 I would definatly go play acion pass.
Play sheet on a dart board maybe?
OPPOSITE WEEK. Do everything opposite from the rest of the year.
I, as Al Borges, would QB sneak every single down with Derrick Green as the wildcat QB. I would snap only when the playclock reaches 1 second. This would:
1) prevent negative yardage
2) keep the clock moving so ohio has less time to score
3) allow the defense to rest
Suddenly, the score differential is lower and my job as OC is saved. Bonus points if the defense scores for me and wins the game.
Same gameplan as vs Notre Dame. Go up-tempo, don't keep the backs in to block, dump it off to them, throw it at their feet, etc.
that looks like gorgeous Al.
That image will forever give me nightmares
First thing I do is therapy up Devin Gardner. Do whatever it takes to get him into a frame of mind where he can go out on to that field with a desire to win and the feeling he can do it.
I can't believe he was taking the blame yesterday. Pretty sure if someone said Brendan Gibbons deserved the blame for Penn State, he would defend Gibbons and say it's a team game. I would tell them to have fun, who cares, it's the last game of the year. Also pass like crazy. All the time. Spread 4 wideouts every play.
Put my head into a bench vise.
Why has no mentioned throw bubble screens?
Don't tell anyone, but I will run three reverses in a row! They will never see it coming!
Crowd source my play calling by having Michigan fans vote in real time and watch them fail far worse than anything we have ever seen before.
No they couldn't. The collective fan base wouldn't even know how to properly call a play.