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|5 hours 4 min ago||Constraint Theory||
Constraint theory holds that an offense will prefer to run its base play unless an opponent "cheats" to stop the base play, in which case the offense will run a constraint play to punish the defense for cheating.
If Harbaugh is truly an adopter of constraint theory, then to be a pass-first unit would suggest that Michigan should adopt a pass as its base play. That's not the worst idea in the world. A simple hook route to Butt, a smoke pass to Darboh, or any number of short or even intermediate routes to Chesson could probably be reliably executed against straight-up coverage.
I still think Harbaugh would prefer to build his offense around Power O or some other inside running play. But I agree we're likely to remain a pass-first unit both because of the limitations of our O-line and because of the surplus experienced talent in the receiving corps. Interesting balance for Harbaugh between doing what he most prefers and adapting to the current roster.
Nice diary, dragonchild.
|23 hours 3 min ago||TCU||
TCU has declared war on Ferris State.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Hurst||
Even if he gets a high draft grade, it's not certain Hurst leaves. Plenty of guys have come back with less room tk improve their stock than Hurst will have.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Fair enough||
But then you also have to be okay with soft-ass zone coverage.
|2 days 6 hours ago||OSU & MSU||
I think Sparty is the team that's in for 4-5 losses this season. I think their offense will be okay, but not great, and their defense isn't the dominant unit from three or four years ago. OSU will still win 10+ games I think; ridiculous amount of raw talent and their offense is mych more plug & play.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Sundays||
|2 days 6 hours ago||OP||
Hey, be nice to the OP. Tomorrow he has to catch an early train, has to be to work at nine. And if he had an aeroplane he still couldn't make it on time.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Sunday||
If Sunday is the "penultimate" day of rest and relaxation, then you must have Monday off.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Baylor||
Although I agree with your overall position, Baylor's fourth game is against Oklahoma State. So I am not sure they can just sleepwalk to 6-0. 5-1 though maybe.
Also, there's a Northwestern State??
|2 days 7 hours ago||Ole Miss||
Hugh Freeze is not a good enough coach to win the SEC.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Florida||
Do they even have a QB?
|2 days 7 hours ago||Last place vote||
They must be letting Phil Fulmer vote in the AP poll now.
|2 days 10 hours ago||MSU||
I agree 7-6 is unlikely. But it's not inconceivable. They could realistically lose to ND, Wisconsin, BYU, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, and possibly IU or Penn State. They could also lose a bowl game.
I'd say three of those losses are probable (ND, M, OSU) and the more games MSU wins, the tougher their bowl opponent is likely to be.
|3 days 5 min ago||Lavert Hill might play||
Lavert Hill might play because he's in the mix to start next year. But this year he's behind Lewis, Clark, Stribling, and probably Long, plus Washington and Watson have already redshirted. So I don't think Hill is a lock for playing time. Maybe 60/40 that he plays, IMO.
|3 days 30 min ago||I realize that's what OSU||
I realize that's what OSU calls it, I just think it's confusing because pretty much anywhere else an h-back is going to be a bigger, heavier player who mostly blocks and catches passes out of the backfield. Seems to me that it would better to use a term that doesn't already mean something else, rather than adopt OSU's newspeak.
|3 days 1 hour ago||H-back is still not really||
H-back is still not really the best term because that is usually used to describe a fullback/TE hybrid. What about "offensive weapon" like the Jaguars used to call Denard?
|3 days 3 hours ago||2010 offense||
Actually, the 2010 offense put up decent numbers against Wisconsin (28 points, IIRC) and moved the ball against OSU but kept turning the ball over. MSU did shut them down, by forcing Denard to throw from the pocket. But still, if the defense hadn't been so awful that season I don't think we'd have so much revisionist history about the offense.
|3 days 3 hours ago||OL performance||
I hope it's true. We know what the DL can do so if the OL is outperforming them it can only mean good things. But last year wasn't there some story about Kalis saying the OL was "rolling people ten yards downfield?" So, this "practice intel" is probably not information you can rely on here.
|3 days 4 hours ago||London, England||
Consider yourselves warned.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Bienemy||
I use Bienemy. I use an-ar-chy!
|3 days 15 hours ago||Oklahoma has to play both||
Oklahoma has to play both Ohio State and Houston. Tough non-conference schedule for them.
|4 days 7 hours ago||,08||
The .08 legal limit should have been easy for him to remember, considering it's the same as the minimun GPA needed to play football at Nebraska.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Comparisons||
Exactly. Accomplishments can reflect ability but the two concepts are distinct and should not be conflated.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Rivals||
I don't think we should be commenting on our biggest rivals until we beat Illinois and Rutgers.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Harbaugh-Meyer comparison||
You're only saying that because Harbaugh coaches for Michigan and you don't want to look like a homer. If Harbaugh had gone to three NFC Championship Games in 4 years and then returned to college, took over some other 5-7 team and went 10-3 and had them in the national title conversation heading into his second year, I doubt you'd be saying Meyer & Saban are way better coaches than him.
|5 days 9 hours ago||That's one hell of a life||
That's one hell of a life story. Great diary--but you should seriously consider turning it into a screenplay.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Carlos Brown||
Carlos Brown was super fast but had the balance of a drunken flamingo.
|6 days 9 hours ago||OSU-Oklahoma||
I view Oklahoma as a perennially overrated team. I have no idea what to expect from OSU in that game because so much of their roster is turning over, but I still half expect OSU to win.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Rome thing||
Seriously. I think Rome went a bit overboard in his comments but Harbaugh was basically a dick to that reporter. It's not a big deal--even Carr was a dick to reporters sometimes and he's revered as a high-class statesman of the game. It's embarrassing to read all these comments suggesting Harbaugh either (i) was not a dick to that reporter, or (ii) that the reporter deserved to be treated that way because he's some kind of lesser being. Just admit Harbaugh had a bad morning and move on.
|1 week 20 hours ago||It's all in the game.||
It's all in the game.