in re: is GRIII on a tear
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|3 days 19 hours ago||the point about pricing his||
the point about pricing his inventory to market, i think, is on point though. at some of the lesser home games, i think it's clear that it's not just students who aren't showing up.
|1 week 5 days ago||if they're going more w/ 4||
if they're going more w/ 4 down linemen and a detached SAM over the slot, that gives the 3T and 5T roles a lot more separation. 3T is going to see more doubles and has to plug gaps. 5T has to set the edge, pass rush, drop into coverage a bit. until some of them start to show real separation in strength or quickness, i think looking at weight's probably the best proxy for position.
in which case: Wormley and Godin to 3T, Poggi and Strobel to 5T.
|1 week 6 days ago||yeah, agreed. Mattison is a||
yeah, agreed. Mattison is a package guy. he seemed to run more C4 this year and w/ more success. between deciding to increase the prominence of that package and the amount of nickel they were in anyway, they flopped Ryan to MIKE.
|1 week 6 days ago||i really think Ryan will end||
i really think Ryan will end up taking a good number of SAM snaps.
in that interpretation, we're trying to solve our problems against good up tempo spread to run teams. the whole point would be to be able to kick Ross out over the slot while cutting down on Bolden/Gedeon reps AND making sure we have enough size on the line. i.e. not being forced to play both Beyer and Ryan on a 4 man line. it definitely seems at least a bit convoluted and perhaps somewhat over-focused on OSU.
so i guess that Ryan will bump down to SAM against any alignments w/ 2 or fewer WR and on the regular on passing downs. he doesn't need the reps at that spot to be at least solid and i really don't think we've had many problems out of the base defense since Mattison's been here.
who knows. coaches are always talking about how some guys are just football players. maybe Ryan is that. even if they're not trying to use Ryan as superman, the fix comes off as a little Borgesian. instead of getting better out of what they already do, they're adding patch fixes that perhaps, they can't practice enough to actually get good at. the defenses that have adjusted best to uptempo seem to be more Narduzzi (make small adjustments to one universal base defense, not a lot of sub packaging) and less Saban (multiple base defenses w/ moduled substitute packages to each). Mattison's definitely more Saban than Narduzzi in that sense.
|1 week 6 days ago||that would be the most||
that would be the most coherent way to address what it seems like they're trying to do. but it's also a system that none of them have coached the nuances of and is at least a bit different philosophically.
it also really taxes our safeties, which are unproven at this point.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||i don't think Mattison would||
i don't think Mattison would characterize these as philosophical changes, but that's maybe semantics. i think they're further adapting to how little they get to line up in a traditional 4-3 Under where it makes any sense to play the SAM on the line. they see Ryan as a box player, so they're going to give him a position that always keeps him in the box.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Just in case anyone wants to||
Just in case anyone wants to see what the Beilein offense looks like now as opposed to the Classic WVU version, here's the '05 tourney (PITTSNOGLE!) vs. a Bobby Knight Texas Tech outfit:
The base actions are very similar, though the ball screen emphasis is obviously severely lacking. That said, it IS in there and does lead their PG to some opportunities in the lane. The current set up is a lot more stripped down. Partly, I'd assume, to account for less teaching time given the relative constrains of coaching guys like D-Mo and Burke.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||His alleged quotes from the||
His alleged quotes from the police report from the Gibbons incident were pretty ugly, too. That whole thing makes me feel not good.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||writing for an audience of||
writing for an audience of any considerable size selects for thick skin, so it's not that. this blog is going to have it's 9 year anniversary shortly. at some point you get to not have to put up with assholes.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||How representative are the||
How representative are the videos posted? I see soft corners and lots of field pressure, which means Devin should be looking to the field hitch. They're open in at least 2 of the 4 vids after the jump. And the field pressure is tipped by the safety lining up directly over the nickel to the field.
...I'm definitely willing to bet that Devin is making a lot of bad reads, but I don't know how to divide responsibility between him and Borges. If NW is just running a lot of field pressures and DG refuses to recognize them, I think I'm willing to let Borges off the hook somewhat.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||never change, Don.||
never change, Don.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Oof/disheartening.||
|20 weeks 6 days ago||We actually ran the tunnel||
We actually ran the tunnel screen to Gallon against PSU, and to good effect. But it only came out once. And of course we didn't run the counter off that, which is the stalk-block-and-go. Only ran that one like once or twice all last season even after teams finally started cheating on that screen.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Which reminds me, interesting||
Which reminds me, interesting question: DeBord or Borges? Still Borges, right? But this is definitely reminiscent of some of the worst sins of the '07 offense. Which, iirc, we fixed by going spread no huddle against Florida in the Cap1. Sigh.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Just to add to the inanity of||
Just to add to the inanity of Borges' stubbornness, Michigan had smoke checks in Lloyd's offense. And bubble screens. Or, at least they did under Malone. Pretty sure even DeBord had them. I think that kind of says it all.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||What's the point? Other than||
What's the point? Other than registering the discontent with the situation, I can't think of any. And since everyone is already obviously pissed, there's really nothing that can be done. Either Hoke will get it together and can at least Borges (possibly Funk too) or he won't. Huge test of the direction of the program forthcoming.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||4th and 4: 11 Personnel, TE||
4th and 4: 11 Personnel, TE Trips to field.
-Penn State goes Nickel w/ split safeties. Henne looks to field since #1 to boundary has safety plus corner. TE flat plus double slants to field. Penn State is maybe in Quarters? In any case, Manningham is #1 and singled up w/ no help given #2 inside. CB gives up position. Game: blouses.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I bet if you went back to the||
I bet if you went back to the tape there would (maybe) be only one sense in which that's true. At least since he's been here, his coverages have been fairly simple. He'll run basically anything with his front 7, but like 90% of the back end will be C1/2/3. And of that, C3 is probably a significant plurality if not majority.
But like GM says, it's a matter of trade offs. If you want to get exotic on the back end, your guys better be able to execute. The SC bowl game and the infamous Marvin Robinson-to-deep-center incidents suggest that his guys just aren't there yet. The stuff that he'd like to run requires some really athletes and technicians. It's less true on the line where all they need to do is fill a gap (more or less...oversimplification is fun). But the risk of a blown stunt is a handful of yards. It's a TD in the secondary. And that's what Mattison means by caring about points. He knows where he can afford to experiment.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||He's Gary Moeller 2.0. Minus||
He's Gary Moeller 2.0. Minus certain of Gary's less good things.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||we should have used this post||
we should have used this post as our throwback uniformz
|26 weeks 4 days ago||he also UFR'd '05-'07, which||
he also UFR'd '05-'07, which provides a nice middle ground: NFL level talent, less than stellar scheme/coaching.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||never ever leave me.||
never ever leave me.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Re: coach types, yes please.||
Re: coach types, yes please. Very confusing. Some kind of weird twist? Fire zone? It was to the boundary and Mattison loves dropping ends into the boundary, so there's that.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I think they went with the||
I think they went with the devil they knew? ND commits to running the ball and they do it pretty well. And they only averaged 17 completions per game last year. That meant a lot of C4 to deal w/ those zone runs. Turns out Daniels is a baller. Pretty useful info. Glad we're playing them second week and not the first.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I'm pretty sure that first||
I'm pretty sure that first picture pages was C4 not C1. They ran a version of Mills to the boundary while the slot to the field ran to the flat. Field safety leaves the slot and looks to number 1. Boundary safety sucks up on TE, CB has 1v1 on post w/ outside leverage. Good playcall, but BCB was clearly overmatched by Daniels. The second TD iirc was a post-corner also against C4 that threatened the exact same play, the CB freaked out and Daniels was in easily.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||a bunch of 18 year old drunk||
a bunch of 18 year old drunk stoners tripped at the five yard line, so i'm guessing you need at least intermediate level parkour and some Japanese heritage to actually get away.
|28 weeks 5 hours ago||Yeah I know it's accounted||
Yeah I know it's accounted for in my response. The defense accounts for threats. The single high safety is the QB's counterpart and isn't part of the run fit. There's no actually additional personnel. The spread wins because it makes it harder to play run/pass, not because it makes just running easier. That's what I meant by MSU/Bama. They play a ton of split safety, both of which are in the run fit.
|28 weeks 7 hours ago||Is the game played 11 on 11||
Is the game played 11 on 11 or not? How did Denard acquire an "extra" blocker? Did this "purist" watch Michigan State or Alabama play defense ever? The days of playing 1-high against a running QB are pretty much toast. But even if you want to, there are defenses that still make the numbers work (two gap or 2G1G schemes for instance).
Not to mention the "yeah but scheme" argument is one that forgets what kind of offense Bo ran and against whom. How many scholarships were available to Bo in 1973? The greater necessity of scheme in the first place comes from the fact that talent differences are less massive. And if you watched '11 and '12, you saw plenty of square peg/round hole problems. Not to mention the injury. So the schematic advantage he had across his 3 full seasons was relatively limited.
He still ran for 7 yards a pop in 2013, despite the total dysfunction of the offensive line and many of the RBs. That wasn't scheme. That was ludicrous talent with the ball in his hand.
Oh, also: sack yardage? Pretty sure that's counted against a QB total, but not RBs. There's even a plausible argument that says at least some sack yardage should be counted against RBs, since the effectiveness of the run game plays into the effectiveness of play action and other aspects of the passing game as a function of alignment/personnel responses to effective rushing.
|28 weeks 20 hours ago||Stribling!||
|28 weeks 20 hours ago||FOOOOOOTBAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW||