“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
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|3 weeks 2 days ago||I could be wrong, but I||
I could be wrong, but I believe that Bellomy signals in plays. He doesn't carry around his helmet and he can't just run off to get it. Someone has to understand the situation and make sure he gets it. Who is in charge of that I don't know.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Their offense has no excuse,||
Their offense has no excuse, I agree. You have to admit that they have very little depth on the dline.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Not really. Depth is always||
Not really. Depth is always important and Wisconsin has lost two of their three starting d-linemen.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Kind of agree. However, I||
Kind of agree. However, I think what you are seeing are the benefits of oversigning.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Football isn't hard?||
You seem to be forgetting that the defense isn't going to just let you engage them and drive them off the line. Saban makes things easy? Obviously you don't know much about his defense.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not sure who taught you||
I'm not sure who taught you how to punch, but if it is identical to your bench press motion you're doing it wrong.
Bench is over rated, period. Squats and cleans are where you make a living as an OL (actually all positions). If you want to knock people off the LOS it's about the lower body, not the upper. That is why you don't stress the shit out of it.
I also have a copy of Barwis' Michigan workouts and bench press is definitely part of the plan.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Three weeks is a lot of time.||
Three weeks is a lot of time. I have nine practices left before our first game. I have no idea who my two DT's are, who my OLB's are, I have no idea who the hell is going to play either corner. Our QB competition is to close to call, only one guy on the OL is a lock to start. Oh and we are a top five ranked team, a lot of people think we can win a state title.
However, you have just made me start to panick, so tomorrow to start practice I am going to run around waving my hands screaming "we're all going to die, we're all going to die" Also, we're just going to cancel the season. Thanks for you wisdom.
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||skill noun: the ability to||
|17 weeks 7 hours ago||Unskilled? Do you actually||
Unskilled? Do you actually think NFL players are unskilled?
|17 weeks 8 hours ago||I'll be honest with you. In||
I'll be honest with you. In the last eight years I have never had a kid quit playing football and play soccer. I've had them quit to play basketball, hockey, baseball, lacrosse and even one for show choir, but never soccer.
Would be curious to hear what other coaches have had happen.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly||
I have no idea why you even come back here. I hate how most of the commenters think they know anything about coaching football or just football in general. I would love to post more, but there are wayyyyyyyyyyy to many dipshits that have no clue that will attack you for your opinion. An opinion that is based on years of experience, actually coaching football. I hate that most of the posters think actual football is like a video game. This game is fucking hard, just because a kid was good in high school does not mean that he will be good in college; there are just to many variables that go into everything. I have read about an 1/8 of a UFR and said to myself "what the fuck is this guy talking about" and I will never read one again. Some days I hate that I read this blog and that causes me to hate myself a little bit.
I appreciate the work you do trying to educate some of the fans here. I have no idea why you do it, but it is admirable. I also appreciate the work that Magnus does and enjoy reading his blog.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||One thing that is kind of||
One thing that is kind of cool about them doing things a little different is that it keeps us book readers guessing as well. I think it is smart on their part.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||That position often forced||
That position often forced him to cover slot recievers too,which is not good. Solid defenses are built up the middle. Therefore putting your best defensive player in the middle is not a bad idea. It is also not just about Jake Ryan. It is about making the entire defense better. If we play solid defense and win 10 games, I don't care if Ryan is third string waterboy.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||You are correct about Tall||
You are correct about Tall and I think he was a good coach. He was replaced by Hoke and Mattison, who are two very well respected defensive line coaches with a ton of experience. I think this is the learning curve you are talking about and I agree with you that there is one.
Experienced coaches do stay on one side of the ball, but younger coaches ofter flip for a few years. They do this for a couple of reasons and I'll use a coach with a defensive background as an example. If they have to go coach offense, it forces them to understand how offenses truely work. They can then use their defensive knowledge to attack opposing defenses because they know where the weak points are.
Yes, I know there is more than taking proper steps involved in playing football. It was just a simple example of a very important part of playing football.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||You might want to check on||
You might want to check on who made the absolute statement first and yeah they can. All coaching is it teaching. If you can teach a linebacker to take his proper steps, why can't you teach a wide reciever too? If you can teach a linebacker to take on a block, why can't you teach a corner too?
What do I know though, I've only coached like seven positions.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Umm, no. Good coaches can||
Umm, no. Good coaches can coach any position on the field. At the end of the day technique, drills and responsibilities can be learned pretty quickly. You do not have to play a position to coach it. Greg Mattison played offense in college and he was even hired by an NFL team to coach linebackers even though he had never coached them before.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||It's a defensive call.||
It's a defensive call.
|42 weeks 14 hours ago||So True||
I've been saying for years that the 3-3 was not the problem. I have ran it with great success as a defensive coordinator, as well as a 4-3. The 3-3 is a totally different animal that most people don't really understand and you give some great examples of how you need to adjust. When I switched to the 3-3 from the 4-3 there was a learning curve on how to adjust and I don't think GERG ever really knew how to make those adjustments.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Oh I get what he was saying||
Oh I get what he was saying and agree with what he said. What I am getting at is that there are high school coaches out that there that do a better job of preparing their teams. It is brutal watching this team play on the road.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||"On the road or neutral site||
"On the road or neutral site we look like a high school team and are constantly unprepared and look flat". That is a pretty big insult to a lot of very good high school football coaches. I actually don't think many high school teams are as bipolar as Hoke's though. I agree with you that it is a huge issue and a puzzling one at that.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||As a Panthers fan I have no||
As a Panthers fan I have no idea what you are talking about. Cam was awful last year. When Chud got the head job at Cleveland last year I literally ran around my classroom cheering like an idiot.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||For most teams that use the||
For most teams that use the boards to call their plays, each offense play is also given a category. For example inside zone might be movies and counter might be rappers. When they call the play at the line of scrimmage then they just use something that fits into those categories. They also have to determine if they are going to run the play to the left or right. Just using the few examples you have already and assuming that they're talking about the movies and not the actual comic book characters. Perhaps a movie that has THE at the beginning is a play to the right (The Wolverine) and a movie that does not goes to the left (Puss in Boots). They may be doing something different but this is how I learned it.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||In my experience the players||
In my experience the players are the ones that pick out the pregame music. It is not there for the fans. Do I like all the music that my players pick for pregame? No, but then again I realize that it is not all about me.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||That is how it used to be.||
That used to be the case until about five or six years ago. The cost of having the ambulance there now just cost some school districts more than they can afford. I've seen a kid with a neck injury lay on the field for an hour and another for about 45 minutes after breaking his ankle (was very similar to Fitz's injury last year). Some towns don't even have an ambulane or EMT any more because it has all become privatized. Last year our booster club paid to have an ambulance at our games.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||You are correct that the||
You are correct that the o-line is the biggest problem. I think people don't understand how it translates to play calling though. Ohio runs a 4-3 and our interior line cannot single block both of their DT's, this means we need to doulbe atlease one of them.
That is huge win for them, they have now "changed the math". Ideally on offense you want to block each defender with one guy, because you are already at a numerical disadvantage due to the fact that your ball carrier cannot block and unless you run the single wing or an option scheme your quarterback does not block (it is considered a block by the quarterback if someone accounts for him on an option play in which he gives or pitches it) So assuming single blocks in a pro style offense you have nine guys accounting for eleven. Now you add in a double and it is eight vs eleven (This is why teams often run bootlegs to keep a couple of guys honest so you don't need to block them) Now if we have to doulbe both of the DT's it becomes a bigger problem. Add in a missed block and oh boy it gets ugly.
Their lack of respect for our interior run game, combined with their talent on the line means they can play the inside run game with the two DT's and the MLB. They can now widen out their ends and OLB's to control the outside run game. Add in the safeties because of the lack of a deep passing created by the pressure or who is playing QB and you have a recipe for a really bad offense. They now have three guys committed to the outside on each side, plus a MLB who is going to look for the cutbacks. Now you cannot run the ball at all, but if you just give up on it they will simply pin their ears back. This also makes the middle look pretty open, which it is, if you have the guys to do it. We do not have those guys. I would guess this was part of the adjustment that they made at halftime and the only thing Al could do was attack the middle, which is like hunting a bear with a BB gun.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Their defense as a unit may||
Their defense as a unit may be mediocre, but there defensive line is legit. Our offensive line is simple not very good as a unit. In order to exploit the rest of the defense you need to take care of their front four. We did not and honestly cannot do that on a regular basis and the examples that you give are the results of the few times we did. Are they better than us as a whole? Maybe a little, but the one area that they are really good we are really bad. There is a reason so much emphasis is being put on the OL in recruting. To me this game goes back to old saying that games are won in the trenches. They won the trenches.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Secret Sauce??||
What are you talking about? Turnovers weren't the issue? In football turnovers are always an issue and if you turn it over you will not win very many games. In our four loses we turned to ball over 16 times. That is umm, not good. It also make it difficult to call plays during a turnoverfest because your players often become rattled and are thinking about not turning the ball over, which leads to mistakes.
How is Al only a "passable" OC? He was the OC on Aurburn's undefeated team awhile back, when he had players that fit his system. Who are the OC that could have made Denard a pocket passer? He did the best he could to modify his system to fit Denard while still building for the future. Maybe you should give him sometime with a pocket passer before you say he isn't great. This isn't a video game where you can just add the plays you want and it doesn't really matter how they work together or what type of talent you have.
"Being a good OC isn't about hard work or luck, it's intelligence," That couldn't be futher from the truth. In fact, that is one of the dumbest things I have read on here in a long time.
The fact of the matter is that the offense is really not that talented. We have a QB that doesn't fit the system, average running backs, one stud OL, one good OL, three interior OL that are simply not good enough to get the job done no matter how hard they try, our WR's leave a lot to be desired and our best TE is a skinny true freshman. Look how many Ohio defenders will get drafted in the next few drafts (I count five in just the next one) and then look at how many of our offensive players will. (I count two and Denard will switch positions)
I like this quote to describe how Brady and Al have handle the offense, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." If you want to see a high tempo, spread option attack that is going to put up video game numbers then you are in for a lot of disappointment in the future.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Agreed!||
Would love to have those questions answered. I also don't know how GERG did it to be honest with you. To have no control over the defense you are running or the guy's coaching it would be enough to drive me insane.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||The 4-3 didn't produce||
The 4-3 didn't produce terrible results. The shitty position coaching produced terrible results. Shafer's 4-3 defense is a pretty good one and is really fun to coach because of how aggressive it is.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||It doesn't mitigate speed.||
It doesn't mitigate speed. It mitigates size through the use of speed. Teams that run the 3-3 are usually small and fast. Does it help against the speed? Sure. If taught and run properly with the right players it will shut down a power running game. Then again, that can be said about any defense.
Like you said though Michigan's 3-3 was coached by someone who had no idea what he was doing and was surrounded by guys who can't coach fundamentals. That is a recipe for disaster.