chance of bowl: 13.6%
Indiana dropped back to pass over 70 times.
- 64 passes
- 2 sacks
- 1 int
- Chappell is listed as running 7 times for -5 yards
I am going to go out on a limb and say were are not getting enough sacks.
I don't have the numbers, but it did look like Chappell got hit a ton. I think our pressure and blitz packages were good at getting to the quarterback.
My question is this...if we are getting decent pressure or at least a bunch of quarterback hits (some of them after he released the ball and illegal) why aren't we getting more sacks?
I would say its b/c our secondary is playing too soft. I got sick of watching the QB get hit as he threw the ball to a reciever with a DB playing a soft 5 yards behind. If the secondary played a bit tighter we may give up a few more big plays, but I would think we would also get a bunch more sacks. I say this b/c in the split second the QB has to decide if he wants to throw all he sees is his own player, if there were a DB in the area he may think twice pull the ball down and take the sack. Thats just my opinion.
I know our Defensive philosophy is to make a QB beat us, but we shouldn't make it too easy for them.
Below is a summation of team offense and defensive ranking stats (based on 120 FBS teams):
Rushing Offense 3
Passing Offense 38
Total Offense 2
Scoring Offense 9
Rushing Defense 37
Passing Defense 120
Total Defense 102
Scoring Defense 73
So that we don't fill the entire board with one-off comments, post all of your complaints about today here.
This is what i think after the game: OUR DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS SUCK!!
I also thought: A win is a win, but comeon!! UMASS!! comeon!!
So I have to start by saying that Jordan Kovacs is a STUD! he showed us what a true Michigan Man is today!! wow, i cannot ever believe that he was a walk-on at Michigan.
As for the Offense, great job Denard, I would say Shaw did super, the line was great and the receivers have to get a lot of recognition here. I know it was UMASS, but 42 points is blowout style points, if the defense was half decent and the FG kickers can kick it would be 45 - 20 or something.
Now to the ugliest defense I ever saw, seriously, seriously, SERIOUSLY!!! come on, just something has to be there. No way on earth we can beat the likes of MSU, PSU, OSU, Wisc or even Indiana with that atrocious defense. and even when Cam Gordon (I know he is a freshmen and doing all he can) get the INT, which would've ended the game, he fumbles. That really said the story of our defense. Its almost an automatic first down against then on third or fourth! UMASS wasn't even scared to pass on 4th and 10. Come on GERG you must be able to do something. Maybe against athletes similar to ours in athleticism do some man with some blitzes!! some pressure has to come in on the receivers and the QB! WOW, SERIOUSLY!!
We're not done yet, can anyone on the team kick a FG kick!! any single human, maybe the Punter Hagrup, we can do what Michigan did a couple of years ago when Finley became a kicker!! Get someone to walk-on from the soccer team! And as for punt returns, I don't know what they want to do, but Gallon is not smart about it. I don't care if he's athletic, we just need someone to make decisions back there... no need for big returns. just someone to HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL!!
Now to the heart-attack part, Im 30 and if Michigan keeps letting all the games go down to the final seconds (UMASS, UMASS???????!!!!!) then I'm going to have that heart-attack at some-point. A win is a win, but SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!! Anyone care to comment!! Put my heart at ease!
A while ago I did some analysis to further Bud Elliot's look at defensive size and defensive performance, which I found interesting, but incomplete. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough mgopoints at the time to post it, but now I do! So here you go, if anyone still cares.