"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."
Besides are glaring weakness at QB and an overall maturation of the offense what would be you guys biggest concern? For me it is definitely defense.
First of all, this is not a thread that is designed to bash the 3-3-5, merely a concern that I have that on how it will affect recruiting and some larger scale issues in college football. Also, this post will be moot if we indeed are not running the 3-3-5.
I have long held the belief that college football is a farm systme for the NFL (kind of a "duh" comment here) and it is virutally every kid's dream to make it to the next level, whatever it takes. While kids are going to go where they want to go, for whatever reason, be it early playing time, systems that will fit their playing style or something under the table, they want to end up in the NFL. With that said, Michigan used to be an NFL factory, sending backs, quarterbacks, receivers, offensive and defensive lineman and linebackers to the NFL. Safeties not so much and except for three people (Law, Woodson and M. Jackson), not so much for cornerbacks either (yes, I know Leon Hall was drafted in the first round, but he's not doing so well). We used to run "pro-style" offenses because they were pretty similar to what was run in the pros, but with the implementation of the 3-3-5, that's going to change.
NO ONE runs the 3-3-5 in the pros and with the exception of the Ravens who come up with the most ridiculous defensive alignments I have ever seen (see Haloti Ngata drop into coverage or rushing just one down defensive lineman and dropping 10 into zone coverage), it's just not seen in the NFL. Will us running this system affect recruiting to a certain degree?
Personally, I'm torn. It depends on what the various responsibilities are for the positions. I'm convinced that the 3-3-5 is pretty much the 3-4 defense except for an outside linebacker has been converted into a safety (a robber/rover type). It does seem that a lot of the defenders we have are 3-3-5 type players (see all the safety/linebacker hybrids that we're recruiting). Could RichRod and whomever recruits the defensive player convince recruits that the 3-3-5 is just a variation of the 3-4 to alleviate concerns that they're being recruited into running a "gimmick" defense?
The other stance I have is that if you're a great athlete, then it's going to show, no matter what system you run. You will perform regardless of the situation, so running the 3-3-5, 4-3 or whatever won't be an issue.
That being said, I admittedly used to watch WVU football long before RichRod came over to see their offense and never really paid attention to their defense. I feel as if the 3-3-5 was notoriously easy to run against, but I'm not positive. It just seemed like physical teams would be able to drive the lineman off the line of scrimmage and get their hands on the second level defenders to create running lanes. I really wish I could rely on the whole talent-level argument for this, but after seeing the team this year, I am reluctant to use that argument. Also, we need to tackle, as in wrap up and not this crap where people are just throwing shoulders into people.
I'd love to hear other comments and thoughts.
Can some one remind me why we haven't offered Cameron Gordon a scholarship? Am I wrong? Did we offer him as an athlete or something and he wants to stick at WR? He's got great size and while he may not be as good as McNeal is, I still say he's better than nothing, especially since we missed out on Josh Robinson.
Is there a chance we can convert him into a defensive back a la Morgan Trent? We don't really want to fill up our scholarships with random players, but Gordon would be a very good "random person." I don't see the harm in trying to get him. Hasn't be publicly said that he's holding out for a Michigan offer? That's just what I heard from early on in the season - someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
I hope everyone had a great holiday break.
Rivals.com is reporting that Brandin Hawthorne is taking an official to Pitt this weekend. Should we be concerned at all?
It seems clear at this point that our offense cannot succeed as long as our O-line continues to play as bad as it has. So what do you think we can expect of the future? Are we doomed to more years of similar play? Or are the guys like Oneal and Mealer going to be enough to secure our line and give McGuffie the opportunity to break through to the secondary (or at lease the line of scrimmage).
Also whats with Helmuth. Hes now a sophomore and has gotten almost no playing time. He was recruited a the top fb in the nation and was known as a devastating power runner. Granted Moundros might be our best run blocker at this point, why is helmuth not seeing any carries. I know that rodriguez utilized his fb's in WV. Doesnt helmuth seem like a better option to run the ball at fullback than grady.
I think this is really good news after Saturday's performance -
"I met with coach Rodriguez about 10 a.m. and I must have talked with him for about an hour and a half," Forcier told thewolverine.com . "They were going to watch film and have meetings, but he continued to sit with me even though the coaches were waiting for him. We were talking, he was seeing how I liked it and he was explaining why they need me so much and the opportunity that I have to come in and play."
"I was talking with my brother and telling him how much I liked it and I talked with my dad about it," the younger Forcier said. "They both asked me the same question, 'Is this the place?' I've been to several schools and you feel good after you visit every school, but they both said it's not that type of feeling, it's a different feeling. The feeling that you know this could be the place for me.
"I told my brother that's the feeling I got and he said, 'Don't second guess it, go with your first thought.' I listen to my brother. He went through the same decision himself, so I walked into coach Rodriguez's office and gave it to him—a full-on commitment. All the coaches heard it and came running in and were congratulating me. I felt real comfortable and I think that's the place for me."
I like Tate's early confidence -
"I thought the quarterbacks did pretty good for it being the first game," Forcier told Rivals.com. "There's a lot of things I saw from the sideline even though I know it's not the same from the sideline. All I can say is that offense isn't for them, but it's tailor-made for me."
I really like this kid, he's got M in his blood -
"I've always liked Michigan a lot," Forcier told Rivals.com. "I've been a fan of Michigan since I was a little kid."
I hope he can provide what RR needs in a QB to run this offense.