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|1 day 18 hours ago||I'm not sure what the takeaway from this article is||
MSU runs two unique concepts: A 4-3 Cover 4 Press look and a truly revolutionary zone blitz package.
The corners have to play outside leverage in the Cover 4 Press look because they still have run support responsibilities. How Narduzzi coaches those corners to be able to get off for run to their side while pressed is remarkable. They are able to differentiate between a block on the safety, a short drag, and a deeper route all with similar stems. And they almost never make a mistake in those reads. An example of a mistake was the 50 yard run in the first quarter by Stanford in the Rose Bowl. CB came inside just 1 step too many and it was off to the races.
The blitz 6 and drop 5 into zone is revolutionary and they rarely got burned in this package. Ohio State's big pass play right before halftime of the Big Ten title game is the only play that comes to mind. And it's less the pass rush and more the way they teach the 5 guys still in coverage. I've never seen it run as much as they do it and more teams will incorporate it quickly.
They dabble in other coverages like all teams, but it's the Cover 4 Press and zone blitz packages that separate them from everyone else.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Considering the play side is Cover 4||
I'm not convinced the TE-Wing side is Cover 2, especially since you can't see any routes over there. It's pretty easy for the backside safety to get involved in the seam route when it's a 2 man route.
FWIW, it's actually a good concept by Borges. Max protect in case you get the zone blitz stuff. You have a way to beat the Cover 4 Press with the corner route to Funchess.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Coaching dirty?||
Talk about sour grapes. The corners press and press well. Give me an example of dirty?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||If you're going to||
remove sacks, you should remove QB scrambles as well.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I like your stuff Coyote||
I happened to have just watched a boatload of MSU film and EVERYTHING depends on their corners being able to press and play man in their scheme. Losing any of those guys, whether to eligibility, graduation, or injury brings an unknown into the equation. So yes, I could see the deep ball being a bigger problem this year. That being stated, who is the great throwing QB in the Big Ten that can hurt them?
Losing Bullough is a gain in my opinion. Vastly overrated. Losing #28, don't know his name, however is a big loss. Great college player.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It's less tactical than the||
It's less tactical than the complete lack of high skill by all but a couple of players. Watching the skill level of Belgium and Germany with the ball compared to the United States was like comparing college football to the NFL. It was a wide gulf.
We have very athletic players who work hard and aren't very skilled which is the direct product of how we go about producing soccer players. And that's not a Klinsmann issue or a money issue or a popularity of soccer issue. It's a United States cultural issue that won't go away in our lifetime.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I was unaware that the Americans||
had no defenders on the field on the last play of the game. Oh, that's right, they did.
The cross was picture perfect. The header was fine, but was made at about 6 feet. The two Americans around the ball simply didn't defend it.
But I guess that's just your impression of good defense.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Is Portugal one of the best teams in the world?||
Certainly not the the banged up team we saw tonight!
And maybe I should be more specific--the "defending" by the US team, midfield included, is subpar. The giveaways in midfield, the gaffes (that apparently don't count as bad defense in your world, but are apparently one-offs), the poor clearances--I've seen them for a long time now and they come with the territory with US soccer. The defending is often mitigated by the fact Tim Howard is an excellent goalkeeper.
So yeah I think the defense overall stinks. 24 World Cup games since 1990, 2 shutouts. Another team that can't defend well, South Korea, has 6 over that exact same time frame.
So where's your knowledge? Your statement is full of blatant falsehoods, misrepresentations, and poor grammar. Portugal isn't one of the best teams in the world. Apparently "cockblock" also includes Tim Howard standing on his head and balls hitting the post.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I think you're underestimating||
the chance the US gets blown off the field. I think we can get a goal or two. I think we could give up 3+.
And it's less than I think Germany is 3 goals better than the US and more that their strength (putting the ball in the net) goes directly against our weakness (defending).
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently he||
hasn't watched the US defense.
In all honesty what's that based on? If Germany wants to score 4, don't you think they can do it? I do.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Freak gaffe?||
These gaffes happen every damn game against teams not from the Caribbean. Our goaltending keeps us from looking like Switzerland against France in every game.
And Cameron didn't cover his man at the end either!
Soccer defense is like playing the secondary in American football. Getting it right 67 out of 70 snaps isn't good enough when the guy is 5 yards behind you on the other 3.
Yes, the offense was good (although how much of that was due to Portugal doing zip until the Jones goal was scored). Who cares when the defense is going to stink game in and game out.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Cameron||
sucking comes with the territory. Our D stinks. It's stunk for 25 years. Giveaways have happened for 25 years. 2 shutouts in 24 World Cup games since 1990. One of those was Mexico, a team we know well. And we HAVE a great goaltender!!
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This, 100% this||
What's the over/under on goals we give up against Germany? 3? They have guys that can put it in the back of the net . . often.
Our D sucks and it's sucked since 1990. Only Howard keeps us competitive.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||You are aware this has been||
You are aware this has been done before? Germany-Austria 1982 at the expense of Algeria.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Everyone on this board||
should be required to read the last paragraph of this comment. I couldn't agree more.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Of course I'll get negged||
When you express your opinion to a bunch of fanatics that doesn't toe the party line, that's what happens.
I can't believe McGary is getting a completely free pass for this, when a) he broke a rule that he was clearly aware of and b) HE MIGHT HAVE LEFT ANYWAY.
Look at it this way, players are perenially suspended and occasionally kicked off a team for the classic "violation of team rules." Sometimes those rules include drug infractions. If that had happened to McGary (for whatever reason) would fans blame Beilein for this, even if they knew it was for a drug infraction? Of course not.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Your reading comprehension||
Your reading comprehension skills need some work.
The NCAA rule is stupid. What McGary did, KNOWING THE RULE, is also stupid. They aren't mutually exclusive.
And yeah, he should have been sneakier with his pot smoking. It's not that damn hard.
|14 weeks 1 hour ago||A ton of collegiate athletes smoke pot||
Most aren't stupid enough to do it, or get caught, during the NCAA tournament.
I agree with Wahoo. This rule is well known and speaks more to McGary than an organization we already know is beyond out of touch.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||No I don't||
I don't subscribe to the "woe is me . . everyone's out to get Michigan" crap that gets spewed on here too way much. It wasn't the refs. The defense has stunk all year. Today was more of the same and they finally played a team with (just) enough offense to make them pay.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Why pass when||
you can drive right by your defender??
Michigan's below average defense finally caught up with them. They scored on their last 6 possessions down 4 and lost by 3. At some point, get an effin' stop.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||That's the Big Ten's and||
That's the Big Ten's and CBS's problem, not the rest of the NCAA's.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||"But he argues the spread to||
"But he argues the spread to run works better"
Works better how? If you've got great skill talent like Ohio State, sure it works fine. They could also run the flexbone and be 12-1 (which would better protect that average defense of theirs).
And FWIW, Michigan is running a lot of gun, spread, 1-back concepts. We saw them two nights ago.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Great last paragraph||
And just to add, I saw Nick Foles under center a hell of a lot last night for Philly. It's never about the scheme . . . it's about fitting and teaching the players to the scheme (which I would agree Borges hasn't done a good job with either).
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Based on what?||
Arizona has an out of nowhere stunning blowout of Oregon on it's resume this year and that is literally it. Their other 3 Pac-12 wins combined for 3 conference wins among them (Utah, Cal, and Colorado). They got torched by their archrival by 37.
Great OC and offensive mind that disguised his liabilities as a head coach while defenses needed to play catch up in the last decade.
The apex of RR's career were the minutes before the 2007 game against Pitt.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||I think you're Frank Beamer||
of Virginia Tech.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||On the first two TDs||
the CB takes his eyes off Lockett and puts them on the QB while Lockett proceeds to get open. The first one is in the RZ off a squirrel type route and understandable. I don't think it's well played by the DB but so be it. The second one is flat out awful. Stop and go at 10 yards and the CBs bad eyes on the QB while Lockett blows by him is atrocious. That's coaching.
The CB has NO help on the 3rd TD except for maybe a slant. He's manned up and knows it. The coverage by the DB isn't bad, but the matchup is awful. And is a safety expecting run on 3rd and 8? That makes no sense. When the CB does a pretty good job and still gets beat, it's probably on the call.
Kansas State is a mediocre offense at best. Nobody's asking the defense to shut everyone out. I think asking for more than one meaningful punt in the past 6 quarters of football and more than one 3-and-out in the last TWO games is more than realistic.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Amen||
If the offense could have found the end zone on the first two drives they might have had something going. Once Morris had to throw downfield, the gig was up. The offense had a plan that made sense--perimeter run game, short passes, and screens.
What was the defense's plan? 8 meaningful drives in the game and KState goes TD, TD, TD, Missed FG, Turnover (after drop in EZ), FG, Punt, TD (short field). The Michigan D has forced one meaningful punt in the last 6 quarters (start of the 2nd half versus OSU) and has ONE 3-and-out in the last 2 games.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||You could have put Deion Sanders at||
CB--if you're going to stare in the backfield when the WR you're covering runs by you, the result is getting beat (particularly on the first two TDs). It's one thing to to have Lockett make a play in coverage, it's quite another to have him wide open.
And why is Lockett 1-on-1 on the 3rd TD?
The defense was AWFUL in this game against a very mediocre offense.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Not much to extrapolate here||
He didn't fall on his face. He didn't look like Tom Brady circa 2004.
The one positive is that the arm comes as advertised. He can make the throws.
The one negative I could see was that he needed to have a clean pocket to make accurate throws. If he couldn't set properly, he struggled throwing down the field. It's fixable, but it's worth mentioning.
|33 weeks 15 hours ago||I think it's 5 national||
I think it's 5 national titles since 1970 for Nebraska.
The gist of it is that college football has changed quite a bit in the last 15 to 20 years OFF THE FIELD. The biggest for them is that they had strength and conditioning levels maybe 8-10 years ahead of their time in the 80s and 90s. Programs have caught up.
Ultimately it's a tradition rich program in a non-recruiting hotbed. A lot of those programs end up falling by the wayside over time (Minnesota, Pitt, Syracuse).