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|2 hours 41 min ago||He wasn't blaming anything||
he was answering a damn question.
Jeez people like to freak out
|21 hours 40 min ago||Those cut blocks tho||
|1 day 10 hours ago||Not against spread to pass teams if we try to play man||
the slot receiver for Notre Dame is the position that torched us the most. The other WR spots did some too, but they had tons of success throwing simple slants and outs at Hollowell in the nickel spot. If we stick with cover 4 mostly then outside is fine but if we try to go man up guys again I'd rather have Peppers in the nickel and Taylor/Lewis on the outside.
|2 days 21 min ago||coverage question for the people that know||
On this play, which Brian says looks like pattern match cover 4:
It looks a lot like the slot receiver is pretty open on his out route for a first down, and out of curiousity + just wanting to learn more on defense stuff - who in general should have been in that zone?
My rough understanding of Cover 4 is that the SAM there (I think Ross) is supposed to be watching the flat on that side of the field, while the corner (I think Countess) has to stick with his man if he goes deep which is what seems like happens. Then I thought Hill was supposed to watch that slot guy and follow him deep if he goes there or slide to help the corner some if not; but that may be incorrect. Basically just curious on what's supposed to happen if the QB had wanted to go there and tried to throw the out.
|1 week 1 day ago||That much is coachable||
You can't make a guy from awful to really good with coaching.
You can get a guy from awful to "eh, not so bad" with good coaching and reps.
|1 week 1 day ago||and minus 1 play where he gave up 2 feet before stopping||
Miller did a good job. Thanks for helping to clear that up.
|1 week 1 day ago||thinking positive||
TRich is probably the smallest CB we've got and not as good at press, but he could be one of the quicker guys we have. Maybe they are going to try and make sure they have a guy ready who is better suited to cover those 5 yard man routes.
|1 week 3 days ago||The offensive line was not that bad||
and certainly not the main problem against Notre Dame.
They had 2 plays where no one blocked Day for some reason, then another where Miller got pushed back more than he should have been before holding ground, but outside of that they were acceptable.
|1 week 4 days ago||Outside the 2 'let's not block Day' plays||
the pass protection was fine Saturday. Maybe not great, but it wasn't the disastrous circumstances you make it out to be.
|1 week 4 days ago||That's mostly what I'd say too||
as a far less expert opinion than you or Coyote, though.
But at this point, and I'd wait at least 1 more full game before really saying we should do this, Gardner is a redshirt senior. Yeah he had the wierd year at WR thing, but he was a QB before that and has had 2.5ish years since as a QB. He still has his mind made up on drop back most of the time it seems, he rarely ever makes a progression and when he does it's slow, he forces the ball mroe than needed, he still panics in the pocket well before necessary a lot, and when things get tough he tries to go hero ball and makes even more mistakes.
He has shown at times incredible physical tools and loads of potential, every one knows how hard he works and all that, but he just doesn't seem to be a very good quarterback - at least on the mental aspect during a game. Notre Dame may have been an anomaly, but if he doesn't look world's different in the next couple weeks, how is putting Shane out there to build for next year a significant drop down if any?
|1 week 4 days ago||Honest question, though||
were any of the interceptions Gardner threw, or the fumble, or the mised wide open receivers - were any of them on other people?
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm trying to figure out how we got that many yards||
It seemed like every play Green or Smith was running into a pile of bodies in the interior line for nothing, or Garnder was throwing to the wrong team, or Cole and Magnusen were watching Sheldon Day walk right by them, or Gardner was panicking for no apparent reason even when we had decent blocking. I can understand the defense giving up 31 points especially with how bad our offense was and our corners repeatedly having no idea how to play man coverage with a linebacker coaching them on coverage, but 0 points is inexcusible.
I know it'll be said too often, but Gardner did not look like an FBS quarterback today, let alone a 5th year senior. The offensive line was bad, that is true, but his decision making was just as bad. He has a ton of heart, and lots of physical potential; I'm just not sure he has what it takes to be a successful quarterback consistently,and that's really sad because he deserves success as much as anyone we've had. :(
|1 week 6 days ago||and 3 receptions for 50 yards||
129 total yards last week makes 334 total yards in 2 games. not bad.
|1 week 6 days ago||He's a roughly 300lb DL||
who stopped a rush and turned, then ran with a sprinting RB for 10 yards down the field before giving ground. He may not be covering the wheel like a great corner, but he does more than well enough to make sure it's shut off for 10-15 yards while the rest of his team does his duty. Most D-linemen would not have gotten close to the RB, let alone stick with him going down field.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||well poo||
do we know if he's planning to attend the game Saturday? Would be a nice time for a famous Kelly purple-face blow up.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Eichenberg said ND was standing out -||
is it possible he meant they were standing out in a negative way behind the other 2? That's what his quote sounds like but I can't see the paywalled article to get a better idea.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I predict that early||
ND will have some running success going up the gut, and Golson gets some deep passes out there by scrambling around or stepping up when our D over pursues up field. Gardner struggles a little early trying to force it to Funchess when he's doubled on every passing down, probably throws an interception and ND ends up with an early lead of something like 14-7 or 13-3.
But then starting around the late 2nd quarter our team starts rounding it out getting the score about even at half. In 3rd PIpkens goes in and solidifies the middle, our corners shut them down and Golson starts getting nervous. I think Clark or Ryan will get a sack that forces a fumble / or a rushed pass leading to an INT early in the 3rd that fully swings momentum and from there it's a dominating. Gardner eventually realzes he doesn't have to throw to Funchess every other pass and Chesson has a good day, Funchess does too cuz Megatron Jr, and the RB duo starts getting yards later in the game as they're worn down.
Final somewhere around 38-17 or something like that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not exactly a new car||
but Reggie Bush (and OJ Mayo) are glad you've got their back.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Gerhart is the starter||
Denard is the #1 backup.
And since Gerhart is basically the exact opposite style back, Denard should get his fair share at playing time. Especially in 3rd down situations if he can block decently.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It roughly sounds like||
Clark wasn't sure of the visit policy, wanted to take a couple visits possibly just for fun, didn't expect it to blow up like it probably has, probably feels a little self-conscious about the way he's been viewed after previous commitment swaps and got annoyed that he was being portrayed so much as a flip-flopper when he's been nothing but super pro-Michigan since committing and likely in his mind is still all Michigan. In other words, teenager. Sounds like he's mostly sorted it out, though.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You'd rather have a true freshman than our leading tackler?||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||a couple coaches making super early offers||
doesn't mean all coaches should start offering HS freshmen.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Slightly||
but I'd guess if it's either of them that Ryan in some way shifts over and we get more of him, Morgan, Bolden out there at once.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Derrick Green||
as he gets more carries than Smith again next week and does well again, I look forward to mgoblog rationale for dismissing it.
When he broke a big run, it was because App State defense failed at life.
When our C and RG failed miserably at their jobs, it was Green's fault still.
When he pushed 3 AppSt DL and our 2 OL (who'd turned around facing the wrong direction at that point) for a solid 2 yards, he still 'went down far too easily.'
When Burz again blew a block and let a free runner trip Green up 3 yards behind the line, that was also his fault.
When he made a good cut and followed his blockers for a big gain - that wasn't him, it was Kalis being dominant against an overmatched opponent only.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not just blocker||
he had at least 1 obliteration of a hopeful punt returner.
The guy just seems to love knocking the shit out of people. He probably could make a good safety if they wanted too.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think Isaac is between the 2 speedwise||
Green doesn't always show it because he's a big dude, but he runs a legit 4.5 or lower. I think Isaac is a bit faster than Smith and brings some of the vision and balance Smith is great at, but in a slightly less explosive potential package than Green.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||ditto||
I always thought that was the basic idea.
The Horror basically signaled Michigan's decline for most of the last decade.
This was their way of saying no more of that and trying to start a new era on the right foot by playing (and crushing) the team that started the slope before.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||random prediction||
Stribling plays more at corner than Peppers. At least outside corner; Peppers will play more as the nickel, but when someone is in for Countess it's more likely to be Strib than Peppers.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||How does being Armenian and "not white"||
have any indication on whether or not he is or said anything racist? Or even make sense?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||They did||
they just linked to it rather than a photo.