Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
I've watched the EMU games a few times now and just watched the Every Snap Video: UM Offense vs. EMU Defense.
Question: Why are we so BAD when Ricky Barnum pulls?
Is that bad luck in playcalling or is that on Barnum?
Other than a long Vincent Smith run in the 2nd quarter, we may have gotten neg. yardage every other time he pulled to block from his LG spot.
3 games in, all the "Every Snap Videos" to look at...what do you like, what haven't you liked? What is your 2-deep?
Here is mine:
QB: Denard Robinson
RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint
WR1: Junior Hemingway
WR2: Roy Roundtree
SLOT: Jeremy Gallon
-Drew Dileo/Kelvin Grady
TE: Kevin Koger
LT: Taylor Lewan
LG: Ricky Barnum
C: David Molk
RG: Patrick Omameh
RT: Mark Huyge
WDE: JiBreel Black
DT: William Campbell
-Ryan Van Bergan
NG: Mike Martin
SDE: Ryan Van Bergan
WLB: Brandon Hawthorne (vs. Spread) / Cam Gordon (vs. Power)
MLB: Kenny Demens
SLB: Jake Ryan
Wideside CB: Troy Woolfolk
Shortside CB: JT Floyd (zone) / Courtney Avery (man)
-Tony Anderson/Raymon Taylor
Nickelback: Courtney Avery
FS: Thomas Gordon
SS: Jordon Kovacs
- Fitz is the #1, Vince is #2 and the 3rd down back
- EDIT: No Shaw? I know. However, I'd use him as a return man.
- Brandon Moore has NOT impressed at all, I've seen him knocked back more than a few times. Watson is my #2.
- Michael Schofield has played well in spot duty, definitely my #6 starter on the OL outside of center.
- Love Black's potential. I'd start Black, but play him and Roh 51/49 with Black getting the slight edge.
- EDIT: Would absolutely play Roh-Martin-RVB-Black on passing downs!
- Campbell should start period. RVB is "okay" and Heininger can't get it done in the middle. Campbell has EARNED the start.
- Hawthorne would be my WLB vs. spread teams, I know we haven't seen Cam, but I'm a believer...he'd be my WLB against power teams
- Ryan is the SLB, he's earned it.
- Would like to see Countess get more PT
- Floyd can't tackle for s***, however, he'd above average when playing zone...to slow to play man. When I'm running zone from the position, Floyd is the guy...when it's man, Avery is in. Obviously this isn't a definite and you can't tell the offense what you're doing. But you get the drift...
- Avery should be the slot CB, the nickelback, not Thomas Gordon, not Raymon Taylor. I was disappointed to hear Mattison say "he's never played the position." Actually he played it last year at times and did a good job. He has great hips and is a PERFECT nickelback IMO. And he'll tackle! I'm thinking of MSU and Indiana last year specifically.
- Safeties are good...I'd just play Carvin more and Marvin less. Furman isn't listed but he needs to move to SS or WLB. He's not a free safety.
Simple question...how would you guys feel about blue cleats with maize stripes?
We wear all maize and blue, and then black and white cleats. I have no opinion on this and I'd like to have one, so please sway me.
Just wanted to share...many of you, like myself, have wondered where our defense has stacked up in the nation thus far. There are tabs for offense and special teams as well.
I know this may not be a popular thought. I know plenty of people will thing "who cares? we won the game!"
However, I just rewatched the EMU game and haven't been more upset at the offensive playcalling, especially in a blowout win in...well, maybe in my lifetime.
I was critical of Borges after the ND game, saying that he has not called plays to get Denard in a rhythm all season. Particularly early in the game. He's been BRILLIANT at figuring out the defense and calling plays later in games. I think the numbers prove this thought.
Now I'm going to discredit any plays called inside your own 5 yardline, there is only so much you can do there. But where are the quick slants? the bubble screens? the short rhythm throws to get the QB in sync and the WRs involved. Where are the throws that Oklahoma have been making a living off of for YEARS?! Now do we run that offense or have that personnel? Heck no. But that doesn't mean you can't run some of the same plays.
To me it just seems so obvious because it's two-fold. Not only do you get Denard and the WRs involved and in rhythm...you also loosen up the middle of the defense so that your RBs get more space to operate (or Denard in the run game). As much of a genius as Borges is claimed to be, what is the reasoning for not doing this?
The most frustrating drive for me was actually our first touchdown drive. Denard has a beautiful long run to flip field position, and then we run him like 5-6 times in the next 6-7 plays! #1 let the kid get a breather, #2 don't get the kid hurt, #3 get others involved, #4 this is EMU! why are we wearing down our QB vs. EMU!? and #5 they have 8 guys in the box!
So I ask, was anyone else disappointed and frustrated? Was anyone else hoping to establish a short passing game against EMU and SDSU that we could combine with the deep throws from ND? I'm not saying we need to be the Air Raid offense, I would've just liked to have seen Denard get the "Lloyd Carr - he's a freshman QB treatment" and have a bunch of short throws that gets the ball in the hands of the playmakers and allows them to get involved and make plays early.
I know a couple members of the football support staff and spoke to one today about the defense...I was definitely happy to hear that a few changes or "test situations" were spotted on the field.
What I wanted to share was regarding sub packages, situational subbing and changes on the defensive side of the ball. Here are some things that ARE being worked on:
WDE - Roh/Black (rotating)
NG - Martin
DT - Campbell
SDE - Van Bergen
WDE - Heininger
NG - Martin
DT - Campbell
SDE - Van Bergen
WDE - Ryan
NG - Martin
DT - Van Bergen
SDE - Black
WLB - Hawthorne
MLB - Demens
SLB - Gordon/Ryan (rotating)
WLB - Gordon/Hawthorne (rotating)
MLB - Demens
SLB - Ryan
WLB - Hawthorne/Jones
MLB - Demens/Jones
SLB - Gordon (remember, Ryan is at WDE)
I think this is a work in progress, and a lot depends on the health of Hawthorne and Cam Gordon...but it's good to see they're trying things and making personnel adjustments after the first two games. Not to say they weren't practicing these groups before, they were...just more time now. I personally think they're going to try a few "new" things over the next game or two to find out who can play and where he should be playing.
Sidenote: As Wolverines we don't want to be compared to a Buckeye...but when I heard about Ryan playing WDE in passing situations and asked about it, it was "yea, it's crazy, he looks SO much like Bobby Carpenter did late in his career at Ohio, SLB and rush DE on passing down with the locks flowing out the back. But the real similarity is that both are sound and smart players from Ohio who love to HIT!" I looked up Carpenter and they're similar height/weight wise too (I ALMOST said "and they're similar in size too).