"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|51 weeks 5 days ago||Say it with me.....||
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Fantastic news. There should||
Fantastic news. There should be Muppetts on the front page IMHO.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Got mine Saturday in Oklahoma||
Got mine Saturday in Oklahoma
|1 year 15 weeks ago||It didn't come sweepin' down the plains||
Nothing in Oklahoma
|2 years 3 days ago||Can I get a Witness!!!!||
Amen...preach on brother.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||It is consistently happening.||
It is consistently happening. It has been the hallmark of defensive schemes this entire year with few exceptions.
Again..on most occassions, if we have TE and a normal OL set up and a full back, we have seven blockers...defense generally puts 8 people in run support. If we use FB and OL..defense puts seven in the box. This is a sure sign that teams don't respect our passing game, and are not going to let us run the ball unless we demonstrate that we can beat them throwing 35 times a game.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I don't want Borges to be fired.||
I do want Al to adapt. Realize that your offense has to fit your personell and that he has to make some concessions and perhaps do some things he doesn't want to do. Or, replace Gardner and start grooming Morris now. I don't think Gardner ever makes the transition to West Coast QB and will always tend to be turnover prone.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||IMHO this is The Problem||
Running into a stacked box time and again. Every team we have faced this year has consistenlty put one more in the box than we can block. When you have "youth" in the center and guard positions, and two tackle more suited to zone blocking than power things get difficult...because noone dominates a defender and effectively "blocks" the free man.
The answer is a better passing game that forces teams to play honest...or at least play roulette with their defensive alignment.
One of the reasons Bubble Screens are so effective is the effect it has on LB play. They can no longer afford to fast flow to zone run action. If they are being hurt by bubble screens and missed tackles on the outside, they have to factor those plays into their reads, as a zone run left with a backside bubble can really hurt you if your secondary doesn't tackle effectivley.
Borges' reaction to this has been to throw over the top. It has been effective, but hasn't forced teams out of the run heavy defensive look. Gardner turns the ball over too often and it appears to me that the staff isn't exactly confident that his turnover problems won't abate.
To me, the Bubble is a better option, as the throw is simple and fairly safe and won't result in alot of turnover. Funchess should be a mismatch for every db he faces in terms of blocking. Problem is, it's tougher to throw from under center..dictating more shotgun or pistol.
The coaches need to decide what they want with the offensive line. Two tackles who seem suited to zone..guards who seem suited to man/gap/power.
Here's what I would do.
Quit relying on young/poor blocking TEs to get the job done. Run 3 WR sets with Gallon in the slot..Funchess and Chesson as WR. Pull guys out of the box this way. Simplify the reads for your struggling OL.
Reinsert the smaller/quicker Miller at center. Put Glasgow at LG. Replace Kalis (I don't think his zone blocking technique is very good..he turns his shoulders too much and doesn't have a good lateral step). Problem is with who? I don't like Bryant as a zone blocking guy. Can Bosch, Dawson or Samuelson handle it? I think we're about to find out.
More pistol less under center. I don't like Gardner with his back turned to the LOS. Go with more zone running until you have tackles physical enough to dominate the LOS..especially on the right side. I like Schofield, but not as a power run blocker.
JOB #1...back the defense up out of your face...by scoring points and making it not worth their trouble.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||IMHO, the problem with the||
IMHO, the problem with the run is, the shjift of ND's DL confuses our OL..Barnum and Mealer should have combo'd the NT...Barnum should have slid off to the LB on his side, while Mealer gets Nix under control.
Denard should option off the DT.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||very simply, the offense he||
very simply, the offense he is being asked to run. Denard is a runner who can throw...not a thrower who can run, and Borges needs to get comfortable with that concept....and frankly, so does Denard.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||In other alignments, AF would||
In other alignments, AF would "crack back" on Kovacs with the SE and put our CB in the same situation. The corners played very soft and had 12-15 yards of ground to make up when the ball was pitched.
We didn't attempt to hide our pitch responsibility in this game at all it appeared to me. I was very surprised we didn't play some press man on the corners..and attempt to "fire" a corner into the pitch from time to time and keep them off balance.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I humbly suggest the following RAWK changes||
AC/DC.....how about "IF You Want Blood ..rarely played and rocks as hard as any AC/DC song out there.
For local flavor, why not the Motor City Madman Ted Nugent. Cat Scratch Fever is way overplayed....Stranglehold is too damn long....how about something like "Snakeskin Cowboys".
A nice Who alternate might be the live version of Eminence Front or even Won't Get Fooled Again...or reach out a little further for Slip Kid.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I agree with much of what you||
I agree with much of what you said. I'm not surprised that the Grad assistant didn't break things up and escort the kid out of there. The shock of seeing something like this go on, is enough to make you behave in ways you never thought you would.
What I am surprised about, is that after being able to think and reflect..and that persons of more advanced age and presumably more maturity who did not witness the act..didn't take this thing on.
When given enough time to reflect on things, someone should have thought of the kids and the future harm Sandusky might do and put an end to this by calling the police or DHS and reporting it. That after all this time, no one has, means they put themselves and their wants and desires ahead of the safety of these children.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Your statement about Joe Pa calling the police...||
If Paterno called the Police or DHS and they failed to do what needed to be done, then I absolutely would have a different opinion of Paterno. At that point, the onus is on the authorities and they must do what is required.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||*Tip of the hat*||
To Tom VH.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I have new for Mr. Bates.||
Every company in America (and elsewhere for that matter) has been built on the backs of it's "Labor" force..many of whom are often "exploited" by the companies they work for.
People go to work every day in low paying jobs making the wealthy wealthier. Is this really shocking to anyone? Those folks handing you coffee out the window of your local McDonalds probably wish they were making better money too..and were not be exploited by the McDonalds Corp..many of those people had little or no opporunity to better themselves while they slave away for a rich and powerful corporation.
The NCAA attempts to make sure these players have an opportunity to get a college degree that can provide a better life for the thousands of players who don't make it to the NFL level..no one gives a chance like that to a Sonic car hop.
Last I knew, college football players were free to chase tail..attend parties..get smashed etc. just like the rest of college attendees. I see very little that is being denied most of these players.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Just something to think about.||
Some people love to discuss the "Athletes make money for their university" issue and rightly so I think.
No one every discusses the "Cheating athletes/coaches costing their university" issue. So, while Webber helped make Michigan tons of cash, his actions then cost them tons of cash as well.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Agree with the Lifeson||
Agree with the Lifeson comment..always loved "The Trees", "Digital Man" and "Subdivisions".
Big Mark Knopfler fan as well..."Down by the Waterline" is a personal favorite.
Zeppelin..."Over the Hills and Far Away"...wish I was good enough to play the accoustic intro.
|5 years 4 days ago||The only knock against the||
The only knock against the 3-3-5, is the replacement of an OLB, with a tweener safety who might have difficulty holding up against the run. Also, it's a little harder to adjust to a two tight end set.
Our problem with the 3-3-5 is that our players don't understand it, aren't fundamentally sound within the scheme and lack sufficient depth and in some cases, don't fit the scheme very well.
One of the only problems I have with Rich, is not deciding this is what he wanted, and getting players recruited to the scheme earlier..thus avoiding our depth issues.
|5 years 1 week ago||If....||
Also, if appears to me that Avery is expecting Mouton to fill the Backside A..so that he can fill the Backside B gap.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||I know on one, it appeared to||
I know on one, it appeared to be three deep coverage, and I think Avery took his man too far inside..he probably didn't see the threat from the RB on the wheel and was aligned too far to to the middle of the field.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Harbaugh's offense||
Has some spread elements in it. Luck even runs by design from time to time. I don't think the transition would be enormous.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Blame Robinson all you want.||
But the Captain of this ship needs to go down with it. It's Rich who can't decide what he wants and how he wants to do it.
The only two things the Purdue disaster of 08 and the PSU disaster of 2010 have in common is Rich..unfortunately.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||A couple of things. 1.||
A couple of things.
1. At a certain point, when asking these players to sweat and sacrafice, but the goal of winning isn't achieved, you'll lose them. Only the players can say at this point if they are tired of the "work you arse off" mantra when they've gotten minimal gain from it. Ask yourself, how hard would you work for your boss, if you were getting the same result as these players are.
2. If a coach who runs the spread or a version of the spread comes on board, I doubt the offensive drop off would be great..if there was dropoff at all. Now, moving from the spread and shread to more traditional offenses (or spreads designed to throw) would be disaster.
3. Something I've been thinking about. If Michigan does jettison Rodriguez, and brings Harbaugh in (btw, I think Harbaugh's Stanford offense would translate very well to Michigan)..and he went 9-3 next year, what a nice clean break that would be for Michigan. The losing past would be behind us..the bright future ahead (by evidence of JH's winning season)..the bitter taste of the recent past could be washed away.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Enron||
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I know it's sophmoric||
But everytime I see Matt McGloin, I can't help but think Pat MaGroin.
Please return to your regularly scheduled broadcasts..
|5 years 4 weeks ago||National Lampoon Zone||
National Lampoon Zone Play
Looks like 3 deep 4 under. Avery should reroute the slot, open up toward the qb..drop to the curl, look for a threat in the flat.
Demens has the TE threat between he and Mouton. He chucks TE, but IMHO is late on the drop.
If Demens leaves the TE and drops correctly, likely the ball would not have been thrown..and hopefully Mouton would have taken care of the TE. If Avery drops correctly, we stopp this short of the sticks.
The Iso play against Kovacs was on Mouton. Kovacs may have over penetrated a bit, but Mouton is basically unblocked.
Michigan doesn't really ask most of it's DLs to take on doubles..instead, the lighter guys are asked to work under the first and over the second block. So, Mouton should know that Banks has his inside, Kovacs is forcing to him, and he should be outside the OT, and at the worst, this is forced into Banks or a possible fill from Demens.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Pete||
This really comes down to the player, and how he faces adversity. Some get crushed by the expectations and failure, and some respond to the challenges and overcome.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Someone mentioned bumping the crossing route.||
Yeah, I'd like to see Mouton bump the route..but. Jamming an under route comes at the expensive of depth on the drop. If you don't get deep enough, it makes the throw to the post or curl easier, as the QB can rifle it in instead of having to manuever the ball around a dropping backer.
That's why Iowa runs the TE between the LBs..to hold them and distort the zone to open up the post or curl. As a LB here, you are kinda caught between a rock and a hard place. Get too shallow you open up those curl and post routes..get too deep and the drag has a free run across. Exactly what Iowa intended.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||This is a perfect example of||
This is a perfect example of how the youth of our team hurts us. This is NOT a condemnation of Courtney Avery. He has the physical attributes to be a fine CB. Given four years of solid instruction and a desire to learn, he'll be fine.