Mike Lantry, 1972
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- 4 years 19 weeks
|9 weeks 2 days ago||College Rules||
MSU also takes advantage of the fact that you can chuck and grab receivers off the line and downfield. You can barely touch guys in the pro game. However, MSU is excellent at taking advantage of the rules in college football about how much contact is allowed with a receiver. The game they lost with all the PI penalties were pretty much all legit because they also hold a bit. This isn't to take away from what they do defensively. Actually, it's a compliment. It might be annoying, but it's probably the best system given how the game is officiated.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Substitution||
I agree on the substituion pattern. It is out of control. I don't mind guys getting spelled every now and again, but it is a constant shuttling in and out of guys. I'd like to see the best players playing and getting into the flow of the game. The linebacker substituions are way too frequent. It's something to revisit in the offseason along with running press coverage and the possibiility that Stribling and Lewis should have a shot at taking the job of Countess and Taylor. I feel like Peppers can come in and play safety or NB. We'll see.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Coaching||
Who do I have questions about? Almost everyone. I'd say that Funk and Borges top that list, closely followed by Mallory. I think they need to rethink coaching the D-line as it was not explosive at all this year, which maybe is a Wellman thing, but who knows.
I know that G-Matt preaches not giving up the big play, but they gave up big plays and short plays for much of the season. He was fine this year, probably above average. However, he gets paid to be great, so I hope that he revisists some fo the passive structure of his defense this off-season. All in all, the worst season since RR, which was recent, but before RR, I'd never seen a team this bad.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Greg||
Is GERG!! Okay, it isn't that bad, but it feels that way after the last two games.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The call||
It sucks to lose. I don't think Michigan ran a bunch of "new" plays in this game a la Carr vs. Florida with the passing spread. However, right from the get go it was clear that M was runnning all of their screens and counters to tendencies on roll outs etc. I'd agree that the O-line played much better. However, wth, was going on versus Penn St. with 9 billion runs into the line? What was happening with the constant deep routes and stack formations with long developing routes for weeks on end? I don't know, man.
Honestly, the players did execute much better yesterday. I don't think you can entirely discount that. However, the play book was also open and creative yesterday. Again, it wasn't a scheme change so much as giving people what they were clamoring for in terms of short throws and quick screens etc. Also, Dileo was under utilized this year and Norfleet or Hayes should have gotten more run.
I guess I'm still no the fire bandwagon because the team was so bad for so many games. If that was M's base offense going forward, I'd be fine with it .I think having some things to hang your hat on is what makes a team goodl. It's just that the Borges we've seen is constantly tinkering with things and game plans or running the same damn iso 30 times in one game. If the plan is to screen, get quick guys in space, use misdirection and pass to set up the run, I'm in. However, based on past experience, I think it's safe to say that it's a blip rather than a trend. The trend was in the poor direction.
Again, the players executed better today, from Devin, who is the most important piece on down. But I also think they were put in better and more creative situations. Given all the data points, it's still probably time to move on.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||The game||
My feelings about the defense from watching the game live were similar. I think Bolden may be a very good LB at Michigan in his senior year, perhaps sooner, but I don't know why he is getting snaps rather than Ross at this point. Again, if an injury happens, or after Morgan graduates, I expect him to start and be good, until then, it doesn't make sense to see him so frequently.
It also appears that Wilson has improved as the year has gone one. I don't think he should be ceding snaps to Avery. In some ways it reminds me of that time that T Gordon got benched to Woolfolk could get a look at safety. Other than loving seniority, it made no sense.
I don't know about SDE. I want Wormely to cut it loose. As for CB, Lewis has been unlucky in coverage, but I like Stribling more because he turns his head around. I know they are coahed to not turn their head. However, dammit, everyone else can do it, and I believe M can too.
Other than that, like every fan ever, I want to see more blitzes. I'm fine if they are zone blitzes, and I wish they did more from the secondary like they did when Kovacs was here. I might be wrong though. Every fan loves blitzes.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Defense||
The tackling looked like late era Carr vs. the spread. It was the worst tackling game M has played in the last three years. The DB's need to make plays on the ball in the air. I do wonder about the coaching technique. It seems like most DB's, Stribling excluded, never get their head around.
In the long run, M needs to get more athletic up front. They need to press the pocket and be quick on the outside and up the middle. Too many times the lane really developed up the middle. And yes, the DB's need to make more plays on the ball in the air.
Actually, in general, I just wish M was meaner on defense. I wish they hit guys hard. They seem to lack that violent type of play that worries doctors and delights fans. Keep recruting, keep coaching, get better next week.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Borges||
He called a great game. He also called a different game than he did last week. The run pass ratio was much more even out of the I. They ran frequently from the spread and used three receivers. Again, he called a great game. The best in M history yardage wise, and it needed to be. I think it's fair to say people overeacted a bit last week. I also think it's fair to say he called a very different game last week that may have cost M the win. The truth usually lies between the extremes. I was glad to see adjustments today. I am glad Bosch played well since I was pissed when he burned the red shirt. Good game...offensively.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Install something||
I'd like to see them install a tackle, tackle over play, where, everyone lines up on one side of the line with A.J. Williams and Jake Butt on the left side of the line an Lewan, Schofield, Kalis, and aw hell Bosch lined up to the right. Then I want them to run right 25 to thirty times in the game behind those guys. Also, I want them to be playing someone terrible.
Otherwise, yeah, probably a lot of Pistol and the NASCAR offense that M debuted for two plays, before abandoning it completely after a Gardner INT. Washington and Oregon have both showed you can be a kick ass running team out of a spread formation. It doesn't require you to suddenly only pass the ball. Granted that's what M should do this year given their talents, but, yeah, up tempo, pistol, Galllon, Funchess and Dileo as the base set out of a one back with Butt at tight end or Kerridge at FB or Chesson at WR, depending on the play call. Then, let if fly, and do it quickly. But really tackke, tackle over is what I'm looking for. WR's are overrated.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||That was terrible||
Brady was watching the game like a fan down the stretch. He had a chance to call timeout during regulation to keep them in FG range and didn't. He didn't call one in the 4th overtime that pushed them back five yards. Obviously, if Gibbons hits something we all feel better, but this team isn't very good. I said 8-4 at halftime of UConn. I'll stick with 8-4. I don't know what needs to change, but they look like a pretty average team. They can't put it together on offense, defense and special teams. They consistently have breakdowns in one area or another. The FG game today. They consistently give up yards on punts, and the D doesn't get pressure in the key moments. Def. a game where someone just needed to make one play to beat a very average 61 scholarship llimit team, and they did not. This year, combined with the 8-5 last year, and the realization that they were lucky to go 11-2 the first year make me wonder how this will all turn out. I guess we'll just keep saying maybe next year.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Malaise||
I too feel the malaise. It's hard not to want Michigan to be Oregon on offense and MSU, sorry, on defense. It's more fun to watch your team attack then try and hold on to a victory. But, since Loyd took over, bless his heart and that 97 title, that's been Michigan football. Quite frankly, it's not as fun to watch. Part of the reason the M basketball was so fun to watch last year was that they were so aesthetically pleasing, the most fun team in the nation to watch when they were at there best. I don't know that Michigan football will ever get there, even with recruiting. The last time I felt like they were ahead of the curve was when Moeller was using the downfield passing game, sprint draws, and the no huddle to put up points in the 90's. Granted FSU still put up 50 on M, but hey, at least M cracked 30 in that game.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||The Internet is for kittens and ranting||
Here are my two cents, which I can tell the internet is clamoring for.
I'm unsure why Fitz is getting nearly all of the carries. He hasn't produced this year. He's not fast enough to get to the outside; he's not breaking tackles; he's not making guys miss. Well, people say, the OL isn't blocking as well as it was last year. I agree. However, if the yards aren't readily available it might be time to try a guy like Rawls, more of a bruiser, to just take a one yard gain and turn it into three. I get the whole lateral movement thing on the veer, but it doesn't seem like Fitz is hitting holes w/ speed or power this year. I'd like to more of Rawls. I think the production has been poor enough to warrant at least a split in the carries.
It doesn't look like the OL is as good as last year. Michigan, post Notre Dame, has kind of gone into a shell offensively. This was the first game that they used effective play action to push the ball down the field. The I-Form run on the third down early was a horrendous call. However, that happens. I was happy to see that slight change. It seemed like they really needed to push the field vertically to get those safeties out of the box. They aren't getting big plays in the running game, and they aren't scoring.
I've been a fan since the early nineties, and I mostly remember M having at least one guy who could get open. They don't seem to have anyone at WR who can consistently beat someone over the top. Granted, Denard isn't the most accurate QB, but we're not looking at Manningham, Edwards, Howard, or Alexander level separation. The WR's often seem to be pretty well covered. I miss stud WR's. I also miss stud RB's. I wish that Michigan had a better back up QB, but I saw Navarre in person at UCLA in his RS freshman season, and I remember watching Mallet against Wisconsin. Unfortunately, other than Robo Henne, it's tough to play QB well out of nowhere. In long, more excellent RB's and WR's.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Getting back||
I agree with the folks noting that these are actually the good times. M was 11-2 last year. I realize that M is recruiting well, but there is no guarantee that that will automatically turn them into a yearly National Title contender. I'm pretty happy with the team M has right now. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love good recruiting and damn if I wouldn't like some more playmakers at WR, not that Denar would necessarily throw it to them accurately, but it's not so bad right now. I don't know how much better M is going to get on defense in terms of production, yardage etc. They are pretty good. I, like all of you, hope they get better, but I wouldn't denigrate the current team by trying to imagine how great they'll be next year. That said, that is the prerogative and enjoyment of being a sports fan. Well, there is always next year. My wife did say she was worried M wouldn't win another National Title before I die. I'm thirty two. I'm hoping we don't have to wait fifty years, and I also hope that she's not poisoning me. Go blue.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Agreed||
I'm curious whether a light suddenly went on for Washington or whether it's the fact that the first two games were against a bruising Alabama line and Air Force chop blocks. Either way, I'll take what I'm seeing now. Now for Will Campbell hype.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Offense||
The game was bizarre. I had the feeling that Michigan was going to lose at halftime despite being down only 10. It was sad.
On the bright side, as soon as Q. Washington finds the ball carrier after breaking through the line Michigan may actually be fine on the D-Line. I'm a fan of Ross but Morgan played a nice game.
It seems to me that Michigan needs to stop having Robinson turn his back to the defense or roll out. Strangely, he's not good on the move, despite what I read in Borton's article. He's especially not good with pressure. Even nominal pressure off the edge tends to be an issue. Thus, the game plan could have been better.
It's also fair to say that after a performance like Saturday that Denard has to better. He needs to throw the damn ball away. Lord knows I wish he'd scramble more often, but I'm mostly giving up hope that that will ever happen. Notre Dame did a nice job on some delayed blitzes to get pressure on Robinson.
Anyhow, I'm solidly in the middle camp. Denard needs to play better and stop trying to hit home runs in less it's with his feet. They need to scrap the edge stuff. Denard doesn't handle pressure well, so avoid it when possible. The routes seem like they could also be a bit simpler. I'd like to see slants and flares. I realize that Borges excels at the pro passing stuff, but I'm not seeing great throws from Denard. I also liked the misdirection stuff, and I liked it in the Minnesota game last year. Bizarre game to run all that stuff in. I like packaged plays and Oregon as well, but we've got what we've got, making it work better is on both the OC and the QB.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Secondary||
Yeah, I think playing Woolfolk over Gordon is nonsensical. Gordon had played well in virtually every game this year. Troy did not tackle well out there today, and I'm not saying it cost M the game or anything, but I'd be a littled pissed if I was Gordon having my job taken by a guy who lost his at corner. I also agree, despite what we've heared here, that Countess is a better corner than Floyd. Floyd struggled today in coverage. Also, Denarid is slower ;(
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Tempo||
I was rooting for Iowa to score to go up 24-9. I just wanted to see Michigan operate with some urgency since they apparently were fine just showing up today. Unfortunately, it caused them to lose. I prefer offenses that dictate the tempo to the defense. In the third quarter Michigan only got the ball twice. Two times, coming away with three points. I'd rather see an offense with Denard running quicker plays, out of the spread, maximizing the amount of times he has a chance to break something. I just think he's Michigan's best player, and they are not currently equipped at RB or WR to be LSU or Alabama. Thus, the fast tempo spread (though somebody please teach Denard to scramble a little on a called pass play, as we saw w/ V. Young, it's nearly impossible to stop because it puts the defense in a tough place) seems to me the best way to win football games in 2011 and 2012.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Troy over Gordon?||
Any reason that T. Gordon is benched for this one that I missed? I mean, he has been the starting satety in every game up to this point, and we've seen Woolfolk struggle. I don't know. Obviously the main problem is the offense. Denard does look tentative running, and I'm not sure that they have a good flow, other than Fitz up the middle. However, I guess I just don't get this one.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||QB||
I think it's probably appropriate to consider the whole picture when talking about the game yesterday. There was a hugely significant wind that made it tough to pass as well as some questionable playcalling in terms of pass vs. run given the circumstances. Also, M kept giving a play-action fake that wound up getting Denard immediate pressure because MSU didn't have to respect the fake. Couple that with the lack of a bubble screen, mind boggling at this point, no draws or screens, (Unfortunately I don't think the middle screen is a good option at this point given Denard's accuracy issues, perhaps the play to Koger they showed against NW) it's hard to completely fault Denard.
Obviously he will never be a great passer. I don't know many passers who are great when faced with constant pressure and high winds. I get as pissed as anyone when he air mails throws, but I'm not ready to give up on him at QB and toss a rs freshman out there. Denard was a 1st team All-American last year. I think they just need to keep working on some easier throws and run the damn ball more, (O-line issues aside, agree with Brian that zone blocking seems to be their forte, remember when Omameh was supposed to be the next great lineman?). All these things aside, they need to find a running back. I like Fitz but he has yet to break a tackle on the second level. I like V. Smith blocking and catching passes and occasionally mixing in the run. However, you see a lot of teams with backs who can get to the second level and turn 4 into 11 or 14. M lacks that. I'd try Rawls. Mainly because I thought, line problems aside, Fitz and Smith both struggled breaking gains against NW. You have to give someone else a chance, and we all know Shaw's bounce game. Lond post aside, keep Denard, run more, shorten throws, zone block, Rawls. It's easier to coach from my computer.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Agree||
I don't think I have any good idea of what Michigan is going to look like come August based on the few five minute clips and quasi-scrimmage that I watched today. However, if I had my druthers I'd have liked to have seen an RR style offense coupled with a Mattison defense. Obviously that's a pipe dream now, but I can see how the two could have been pretty fantastic in my fantasy world. I don't think M is locked into being terrible with the pro-style set, but I have to admit that they will not be as explosive, and I'll miss that. That being said I will not miss the defense that M played for the last three years and am glad that Mattison is the coach. I'm sure I'll check here another thousand times before the first game, but I'm also pretty certain I won't know until about the sixth game how good M really is. Sigh.
|3 years 1 week ago||End game||
I think other folks are making good points about Taylor vs Gasser percentages et al. I'm still with Landon on not loving the strategy. However, it's hard for fans, myself included, to seperate how pissed you are to lose on a shot like and not to immediatley start looking for someone to blame.
Last year was kind of an abomination, and it's been a pleasure to watch THJ, Darius and Jordan Morgan grow as players. I think coach Beilein has done an excellent job this year even if I disagree with the strategy for reasons listed above.
|3 years 1 week ago||Strategy||
Well, I've been on the side of disagreeing with the strategy over on UMhoops because of foul trouble in OT, the chance of fouling a guy in the act of shooting and the fact that most players aren't coached all that well to give fouls, they're coached to play solid defense. This strategy creates an awkward situation for athletes. For my money you put them in familiar situations.
However, I think you can also argue that it was a good strategy that had a 28 percent shooter banking in a 3. I'm just not a fan of the strategy for any team I'd play or coach in the future because I think it seems like a good idea but runs too many risks. That said, it's more of a semantics/preference argument. I don't think it's as black and white as not even attempting to impede Evan Turner in the BTT last year. Again, just the sort of situation where reasonable folks can disagree.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Michigan football future||
The most reasonable position to draw from the data we've seen is probably something between the two scenarios those guys present. RR is currently 5-16 in the Big Ten and 2-3 this year. I'm not certain that a 67-65 victory over Illinois, I repeat, Illinois, is cause for the insane optimism I've seen from some fans. However, putting up 45 despite five turnovers and still managing to win is certainly a cause for optimism. I think we should all clearly be in the wait and see mode until a 5-0 start next year leads me to predict an undefeated season.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||3-3-5||
A big part of the problem in playing a 3-3-5 is the personnel that Michigan has. Craig Roh, who they believe is too good to sit, cannot play the LB position well at all. Ergo; in order to keep him on the field you have to move him to DE. If the coaches choose not to, and deploy him at LB instead, he will struggle. I'd also argue that putting two DT's in the middle would help keep some blockers off the LB's. Either way, if they're going to stick with a 3-3-5 it can't be the same one they deployed last week personnel wise, or they'll give up forty again.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||3-3-5||
I agree with one major point in the post. I'm confused as to why M went back to the 3-3-5 after having a decent, for them, week against Iowa. The insistence of RR and defensive staff to go 3-3-5 is not working. I agree that G. Robinson is not getting it done, but I'm not sure, just like with Shafer, that the staff is doing anything to help. Frustrating, especially for my nine months pregnant wife who has to listen to me rant about four man fronts and misuse of Craig Roh for three hours.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Defense||
I suppose I'm often confused when reading reader comments on the blog that they pereceive that Greg Robinson is the main culprit. I mean, Scott Shafer is doing just fine without the fine assistants he had while he was at Michigan. I agree that M isn't very talented on defense, but they also are not very sound at really any level. Other than Bruce Tall, and the verdict is still out there for me, it doesn't appear they have any good positional coaches working for them. J.T. Floyd looks lost. The bandit and spur are ok. The Dline is chronically underutilized. I guess I think this whole thing is systemic and that the only way I'd keep RR would be if he was forced to get rid of his entire defensive staff and hand the keys to a new guy and let him run his stuff. I don't think the whole working with the 3-3-5 crew is going so well at any level. Anyhow, that's the only way I can see keeping RR, I enjoy the offense, though am occasionally frustrated like any crazy fan, but I don't see hope for the defense. It seems like the failure is happening at every level.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||The D||
I'd shy away from wild blitzing as well (insert long-winded comment about the defensive deficencies) however, rushing four isn't actually blitzing and would seem to be a better strategy for using a guy like Craig Roh. I also have no issue playing two deep coverage consistently (insert comment about slow walk-on safeties) etc, but with that little bit of safety help over the top you'd like to see guys put a little more pressure on the WR's. About 40 of Chappell's completions were fairly routine throws to wide open guys sitting in a zone. I noticed Alabama playing zone against Florida, (insert rabble, rabble, Alabama has way more talent etc) however, the corners were active in the zones making good reads as it related to guys in their area. I'd like to see more of that from Michigan DB's. Not an increase in talent, but more awareness/aggessivness in the zones. That is all.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Deleted||
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Instructive||
It became apparent fairly early on in the season that Michigan did not have enough athletic players to compete with upper echelon teams. This game minus Manny, Michigan looks terrible. Let this be a lesson to all those who claim that Coach B's system would work better w/o Manny. It doesn't. You need to have guys who can create shots for themselves. Or draw attention and create for others.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Game||
Here is how you lose a basketball game. On the drive by Waterford that ended up with a Novak rebound and a Stu three, Michigan offered no help on the baseline to Novak. Good result. Bad execution.
On the three point play by Rivers, Rivers came off a screen and drove uncontested until he was in the lane.
Michigan does not play good defense. And they aren't athletic enough to make up for the shortcomings. Unfortunately this season won't really get much better.